The Gibsons and District Volunteer Fire Department (GDVFD) has been providing life and property protection to the West Howe Sound Fire Protection District since 1937. The fire department serves a population of approximately 12,000 including 4,758 in the Town of Gibsons (2021 census) and the fire protection district covers an area of roughly 22.7 square kilometres.
Volunteer firefighters and officers are instrumental to the operation of the department. With a full complement of 45 members, their duties include 24/7 response to fire and rescue operations while also maintaining the operational readiness of all apparatus and equipment. There is operational support to the volunteer members with paid full-time staff consisting of the fire chief, deputy chief, assistant chief, fire prevention officer and fire inspector.