Saanich Fire Department
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Message from the Fire Chief
With pride and dedication, we are committed to providing the highest quality service to our community through the preservation of life, protection of property and the environment.
We want Saanich to be a safe community for all citizens.
--Fire Chief Michael Burgess
Saanich Fire responds to over 4,100 emergency incidents including fire suppression, medical response, vehicle extrication, land and marine rescue, mutual aid requests, hazardous materials incidents and requests for public service each year.
Fire prevention and life-safety education is a high priority for Saanich Fire. We provide a wide variety of safety-based programs that serve children, seniors, businesses and our community such as Seniors Fire Safety, Fire Extinguisher Training and Smoke Alarm Replacement. Every year we visit Saanich schools and spread the word about fire safety and teach people how to keep fires from starting in the first place.
We also carry out fire safety inspections and provide fire apparatus, mechanical and high angle rescue services and participate on the regional Emergency Hazardous Material Response Team. Fire dispatch services, including emergency and non-emergency call receiving, processing and dispatching, are provided to seven client municipalities in the Capital Region.
Saanich's Emergency Program is also administered by the Fire Department which provides citizens of Saanich with a response to emergencies, major emergencies and disasters. Saanich's emergency plan is updated regularly and key municipal staff and departments are trained and ready to respond should a major emergency or disaster unfold.
The department includes 121 career fire fighters and dispatchers and 7 support staff working out of 3 fire stations.
Mission, Vision and Values
Read about our mission, vision and values.
The Saanich Fire Department consists of 7 divisions:
- Suppression & Rescue
- Fire Prevention
- Staff Development
- Mechanical & Fleet Maintenance
- Emergency Preparedness
The Saanich Fire Department was established in 1919.
In 1917, due to pressures from citizens desirous of better fire protection, Council rented a building for $7.50 per month and purchased 1,000 feet of fire hose. Although the building had no electricity, it was still considered adequate for Saanich’s fire station. In 1919, the building was wired and the building was inaugurated in March with John G. Little appointed “Fireman in Charge”. During this period, Saanich had 170 fire hydrants and one fire truck [read more...].