Roberts Creek Volunteer Fire Department
The Roberts Creek Volunteer Fire Department (RCVFD) has been providing life and property protection/conservation to Xwesam-Roberts Creek Fire Protection Area (Area D) since 1969.
The fire department serves a population of approximately 3700 (2021 census) and the fire protection district covers an area of roughly 28.5 square kilometres.
Fire and rescue services are provided primarily by volunteers and the maximum membership is 30; however, membership is commonly 15-20 responders. Volunteer members are responsible for 24/7 emergency response and weekly equipment checks. Operational support is provided by the full-time Fire Chief and part-time Deputy Chief/Training Officer (0.5FTE). The Fire Chief is responsible for investigations while the Deputy Chief is responsible for inspections.
Backyard burning is only allowed from April 1 to 15 and October 15 to November 15 under the laws outlined in Smoke Control Bylaw 598 on properties of one hectare or larger within the Roberts Creek Fire Protection Area.
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.
- 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.