The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department is ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year.
The Parksville Fire Protection area includes the City of Parksville and contract areas within the Regional District of Nanaimo including San Pareil, Morningstar, Columbia Beach, French Creek, Fourneau Road, and the Forever Green Estates. The population of the fire protection area is estimated at approximately 20,000 people.
The department responds to fires, motor vehicle incidents, hazardous materials incidents, utility emergencies, carbon monoxide alarms and performs rescue services, along with other public services.
Fire Protection in the form of suppression is a primary function of the department. We attend a wide variety of fire type incidents: brush fires, structure fires, dumpster fires, beach fires, and so on. The PVFD also provides both mutual and automatic aid to surrounding departments for fire supression.
The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department provides mixed rescue services. The most common rescue being auto extrication type incidents. The PVFD also provides confined space rescue and has specialized team of technical rope rescuers.
The PVFD provides assistance to BC Ambulance Services when they are unduly delayed and or require additional personnel for various reasons. The department also assists air ambulance (HeliJet) with setting up landing zones. On other occassions you may see members providing first aid services during public events such as Canada Day in the absence of BCAS or other trained personnel.
Incidents involving hazardous materials are one the most serious and complex types of calls for any department to respond to. Members of the PVFD are trained to the Operations level, and have handled various incidents such as chlorine leaks.
As part of Fire Prevention the PVFD is heavily involved in public education. There are a variety of programs offered like: fire safety talks (all ages), fire extinguisher demos, hall tours, and mini firefighter challenges for kids. You will also see us spreading fire safety at public events such as Canada Day. For more information please refer to the Fire Prevention section of our website.