Gibsons and District Volunteer Fire Department
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.
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|790 North Road, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V9 Telephone: 604-885-6870 (non-emergency) 24 hour Duty Officer: 604-741-8200 FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 9-1-1||Cliff Mahlman Fire Hall 1226 Chaster Road Telephone: 604-885-6870 (non-emergency) 24 hour Duty Officer: 604-741-8200 FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 9-1-1|
Meet Fire Chief Rob Michael
Rob Michael was born on the Sunshine Coast, moving away when he was young. He moved back in 2001 and promptly joined one of the local volunteer fire departments.
He is currently the Fire Chief for the Gibsons and District Volunteer Fire Department and has a variety of previous experiences working with volunteer, industrial and composite fire departments on the Sunshine Coast.
Rob has a Diploma of Fire & Safety Studies through the Justice Institute of British Columbia and holds a Certificate in Emergency Management. Additionally, he has extensive experience with the local emergency program where, due to provincial and local government deployments, he has assisted with wildfires and supported staffing in emergency operations centers.
In 2023, Rob was awarded his Executive Chief Fire Officer (ECFO) designation through the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. This designation acknowledges the professional conduct, training, education and skills required of fire service leaders today.
Backyard burning is typically only allowed from October 15 and April 15 inclusive in Area E (Elphinstone) and F (West Howe Sound) areas within the Gibsons and District Fire Protection District. The Town of Gibsons does not allow backyard burning.
Residents can self-haul and drop off green waste at no charge at the following locations:
- Town of Gibsons Public Works Yard at 915 Henry Road, Gibsons.
- Pender Harbour Transfer Station at 5545 Garden Bay Road, Pender Harbour.
- Salish Soils at 5646 Schetxwen Road, Sechelt.
Campfires are allowed year round but may be banned by the Fire Chief during high risk periods; inclusive in Area E (Elphinstone) and F (West Howe Sound) areas within the Gibsons and District Fire Protection District. The Town of Gibsons does not allow campfires.
- Machine piled debris from land clearing fires are allowed year-round until banned by the Fire Chief during high risk periods and require a permit and site inspection. Call the fire hall to make an appointment during regular office hours. The fee for a permit is $25, the fine for not having one is $250.
- Persons burning land clearing debris must comply with the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations. The Venting Index Hotline number is 1-888-281-2992; use the Sechelt forecast for the Sunshine Coast.
- Land clearing fires must adhere to the conditions set forth in SCRD Bylaw 631.