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Langford Fire Rescue has been City of Langford’s primary fire and rescue organization since 1947.
Most of Langford Fire Rescue is comprised of dedicated volunteer firefighters who care passionately about their community. Over 60 strong, Langford Fire Rescue is well-equipped to extinguish fires, extricate traffic accident victims, and save people on land or lake.
Langford Fire Rescue prides itself not only in our responsibility to our community’s safety but also the welfare of those within and beyond our city limits.
The men and women of Langford Fire Rescue are as caring as they are professional in their duties. Numerous charities benefit from Langford Fire Rescue fundraising drives. Through classic firefighter initiatives like the Boot Drive and the Dunk Tank, Langford Fire Rescue supports numerous charities, in particular Muscular Dystrophy Canada which has been the main beneficiary of Langford Fire Rescue’s fundraising efforts since the 1970s.
The City’s volunteer force has also been an aid leader on an international scale by initiating Canadians Sending Afghanistan Firefighting Equipment (CAN S.A.F.E.). This charitable program collects donated surplus equipment from firefighting departments from across Canada and delivers it, with proper training, to underequipped Afghan firefighters. Read more about the amazing journey Langford Fire Rescue has taken – from grassroots contributions to international training exchanges – through CAN S.A.F.E.
In case of an emergency call 9-1-1
For Fire Department Reception please dial (250) 478-9555
The After Hours Dispatch phone number is (250) 478-7770
For information regarding burning, please click here or call (250) 478-7770
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects smoke has on respiratory illnesses, open burning for the Spring 2021 burn period has been suspended.
There are however several environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your yard waste rather than burning the materials.
They include the “Three C’s”:
- Commercial disposal
The Westshore Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau maintain a list of local businesses that can be contacted to assist you with any of these alternative solutions to burning.
New Burning Regulations are now in effect.
**Residents of properties that qualify may apply for the permit here.**
The City of Langford has amended Fire Regulations Bylaw in an effort to reduce the amount of smoke generated from open burning and to improve air quality during the scheduled burn days. It is anticipated that these changes will benefit those who have health problems affected by smoke and it will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are released to the environment.
Who can burn?
Only individually-owned residential properties that are 2023 square meters (0.5 acres) or greater or greater in size.
When can you burn?
There are now two permitted burn periods. The first is between November 1 and November 30 and the second is between March 15 and April 15 of any calendar year (inclusive). There is no burning permitted on long weekends. Residents of properties that qualify may apply for a permit here.
In order to burn you must meet the following conditions:
- Individually-Owned Residential properties must be 2023 square meters (0.5 acre) or greater.
- Maintain a clearance of 6 meters (20 ft) from any structure.
- Maintain a clearance of 3 meters (10 ft) from shrubbery and wooden fences.
- Ensure that the base of the open fire is no larger in area than 1.5 meters by 1.5 meters (5 ft by 5 ft).
- Ensure that extinguishing equipment such as a charged water hose is readily available.
- Maintain a constant supervision over the fire by a responsible person 16 years or older.
Take every reasonable precaution to prevent heavy smoke being generated or becoming a nuisance.
An individually-owned residential property is allowed a maximum of 2 permits per burning period. A maximum of 20 permits will be issued per day throughout the city.
Burning is only permitted from sunrise to sunset and only leaves and tree trimmings are acceptable. No burning of garbage, organic waste, plastic, rubber, asphalt shingles, or any similar materials. The burning of debris resulting from logging, land clearing, construction, demolition and/or businesses shall be prohibited at all times and there is no burning permitted on any street, land or boulevard allowance. Burning is also not permitted during a period of high wind even if a permit has already been issued for that date.
For more information on burning in the City of Langford, the full Fire Regulations Bylaw can be viewed here.
In the City of Langford you must get a permit in order to have a campfire. Langford residents can now obtain a campfire permit by applying online. This easy-to-use application form can be accessed conveniently on the day of the fire and the permit will be sent electronically to your email. There is no charge to obtaining a permit online.
NOTE: One (1) campfire permit may be obtained per residential property per day and is valid for three hours (3) from the time of issuance.
Click here to apply for the on-line Campfire Permit.
General Guidelines for Campfires.
- Shall be no larger than 0.6m by 0.6m (2 ft by 2 ft)
- May be in a ground pit, or an above ground container made of non-combustible material (metal container, brick, cement, etc.), or an open ground of mineral soil, gravel or sand
- Must be supervised at all times by a person 16 years of age or older
- Are not to be lit during high winds
- Ensure that the campfire is fueled by firewood only and shall not be used to burn household refuse, plastics, rubber, asphalt shingles, construction or demolition waste, yard waste (branches and leaves) or similar materials
- A garden hose or reasonable means to control the fire is to be readily available while the campfire is lit
- Clearances for campfires shall be 6m (20 ft) from any building, 3 m (10 ft) from any shrubbery, wooden fences, over hanging trees, or combustible materials
- The fire must be completely extinguished and soaked to stop re-ignition by midnight (00:00 hrs) or before the fire becomes unsupervised
Campfire permits will not be issued when the wildfire risk reaches extreme.
Information on province wide campfire bans can be found at the Wildfire Management Branch.
Full details of Langford’s Burning Bylaw No. 1532 can be found here.
Fireworks sales are now banned everywhere in the Capital Region, including all West Shore communities. Discharges of consumer (“family fireworks”) are allowed only under permit on October 31 between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Call Langford City Hall for permit and annual Fireworks Safety Course information at (250) 478-7882
To Obtain a Permit:
PERSONS WISHING TO HAVE A FIREWORKS EVENT and have taken the West Shore Fireworks Safety Course within the past three years (2018 or later) may obtain the permit from their Muicipality (City Hall). Please call ahead to ensure access to municipal offices:
- City of Langford, 877 Goldstream Avenue, (250) 478-7882
- City of Colwood, 3300 Wishart Road, (250) 478-5999
- Town of View Royal, 333 Island Highway, (250) 479-7322
- District of Highlands, 1980 Millstream Road, (250) 474-1773
PERSONS WISHING TO HAVE A FIREWORKS EVENT IN LANGFORD but have NOT taken the West Shore Fireworks Safety Course within the past three years (2017 or later) MUST FIRST COMPLETE the online West Shore Fireworks Safety Course –West Shore Residents ONLY. Once the online West Shore Fireworks Safety Course has been completed and passed (minimum 10/12),an online Fireworks Permit Application is to be completed, printed off and brought in with the permit fee (cash only please) to obtain the Fireworks Permit from the persons respective Municipal Hall.
- PERMITS MUST BE OBTAINED BEFORE 12:00 pm (NOON) ON OCTOBER 30, 2020
- Everyone must have a permit to possess or discharge any fireworks;
- Permits are issued only to persons 18 years of age and older; and
- No fireworks or firecrackers may be sold or traded in these municipalities.
Consult the complete bylaw for full information – including permit costs and other requirements – before planning your event.
PLEASE NOTE: The issuance of fireworks permits will be contingent on current fire conditions.
Types of Permits:
- Consumer (family) and Display fireworks permit – Valid only on October 31st
- Pyrotechnic fireworks permit (Community Events)
Fireworks Safety Course:
Completion of the Fireworks Safety Course is required for those wishing to obtain a consumer (family) fireworks permit. (Only Valid on October 31st of each year)
- Click here for the Firework Application – Consumer and Display
- Click here for the Pyrotechnics Application.
Please note: The certificate of completion for the Fireworks Safety Course is valid for three years. If you took the course in 2017 you are required to take it again. If you took the course in 2018 or 2019 you may want to take it again to refresh your safety knowledge, but you do not need to repeat the course in order to apply for a permit.
Visit the CRD Website for animal-related (dogs and horses) Halloween/fireworks tips.
Langford Volunteer Fire Fighters Association
Approximately sixty-two men and women serve as active firefighters. Langford Fire Rescue is considered to be a composite Fire Department: it has both paid members and volunteers. Our paid members include administrative staff and management such as the fire chief, assistant chief, and the fire chief’s secretary. There are also career firefighters and dispatchers represented by the International Association of Fire Fighters. Department volunteers are represented by the Langford Volunteer Firefighter’s Association. All three elements of the department serve the City of Langford in many community functions.
Being a firefighter is much more than just putting out fires. We are very active in the “First Responder” program where we provide pre-hospital care often before an ambulance arrives. We also provide Auto Extrication, Public Education, Rope Rescue, Water Rescue and many more activities for the community.
Langford Volunteer Fire Fighters Association partners with both the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy to deliver BC Firefighter Training Standard Firefighter II to Langford volunteer members.
Training for all firefighters is on-going and intensive. In addition to regular training sessions, firefighters actively participate in additional courses (often weekends and other evenings) and train to maintain and expand their skills. Regular upkeep of your physical fitness is crucial to your health, safety, and success as a volunteer firefighter.
Langford Fire Rescue responds to all motor vehicle accidents within the City of Langford and is responsible for the extrication of patients from motor vehicles.
At any motor vehicle accident (MVA), we must first neutralize any hazards such as leaking fuels, downed power lines and fires and then stabilize the vehicles involved. Once the scene is safe, we then must determine, in consultation with BC Ambulance crews, the safest and most efficient way to extricate the patient from the vehicle.
Auto extrication can be very challenging. Often vehicles land in precarious positions, such as on their side, down embankments, or upside down. Sometimes there are multiple vehicles and multiple patients involved. Extrication teams must train constantly to prepare for such scenarios so we may be best able to remove the patient in the fastest possible manner, while minimizing discomfort and avoiding further injury to the patient.
With ever-changing designs and safety devices in the automotive industry, Langford Fire Rescue must continually train and educate responding personnel to provide efficient extrication for those in need. Through guest instructors and courses from the Justice Institute of British Columbia and other departments, Langford remains current in today’s extrication techniques and vehicle design.
24 hour Non-Emergency Dispatch 250-478-7770
In case of an emergency please dial 911 and have the location of the emergency ready
CRD Fire Dispatch is a purpose built, post-disaster facility in Langford Fire Rescue’s Station #1. This cutting edge centre in the capital region is consistently upgraded to facilitate the latest technologies as supported by the participating departments. The centre focuses on providing E911 Fire Dispatch Service for the progressive clients working for their collective betterment. During an average year the centre handles over 6000 reportable incidents for all Fire Departments.
Our Full Dispatch Service includes:
- Emergency and non-emergency incident call taking
- Page out of incident
- Rip and Run printout of event information
- Rip and Run Map printing of event information
- Full Radio Support – Emergency and non-emergency
- Full incident management: callout of support agencies and resources (automatic and as requested)
- Incident Benchmarking
- Emergency response time-stamping (via mobile CAD or via radio)
- Established, timely, Call review process – CAD data, audio files, statistical information, full call breakdown and remedial action process.
- Statistical Reporting
- Management of Dispatch / CAD maps and understanding of the provincial mapping systems that affect dispatch.
- User defined Locations of Interest, and Common Place Names
- Data transfer from CAD to other RMS systems (FDM or other) and hosting options through a Regional Access Model.
- Access to basic and customized reports
- IT and network support for operating systems (CAD and RMS)
- Recording of dispatch / paging talk groups
- Recording of Operational radio talk groups
- BCAS gateway interface
Emergency radio communications are performed by a team of volunteer amateur radio operators who provide essential communications when traditional methods (landline phones, mobile phones, and internet) are compromised due to emergency or natural disaster.
Voice and email communications are performed using amateur radio (HF, VHF, and UHF) to establish contacts and transfer messages among:
- The three Langford firehalls
- Langford’s Emergency Program Coordinator (EPC)
- Emergency Management BC (EMBC)
- Other municipal Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs)
- Amateur radio operators in the community
Langford Emergency Radio Communication members meet weekly throughout the year on Wednesday nights, on the air and at Station No. 2 at 6:00 p.m. Exercises in message handling and passing using various modes of radio operation (analog and digital) are performed.
If you are interested in amateur radio and would like to use your hobby to help with community emergency communications, please phone the Amateur Radio Communications Coordinator at 250-478-8118 and leave a message or send an email to email@example.com. You do not have to have an amateur radio certificate but you must be willing to work on obtaining one. We can help you with that! It’s a great way to enjoy the hobby while serving the community.
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Langford Emergency Support Services (ESS) is a team of community volunteers who respond to provide essential services needed by people forced from their homes by emergencies or disasters.
Essential services provided:
- Registration & Inquiry
- Personal Services
- Other Specialized Services
These volunteers donate their time and energy to receive extensive training and have proven to be an invaluable resource in many emergencies.
Langford ESS members meet monthly at Station No. 1 at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of the month from September through June.
If you would like to assist the team with planning and operating the system, please attend the next meeting or phone the ESS office at (250) 478-5510 and leave a message.
Individual and family preparedness can reduce the need for help and lessen damage to people and property. Click here to be redirected to the BC Provincial Government website to learn more on how to prepare your home, prepare for your family and for your pets. Click on this link to learn more on how to “Build an Emergency Kit“.
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Langford Fire Rescue provides the primary fire suppression for the City of Langford. Our members are thoroughly trained in a wide variety of fire suppression, from structural firefighting to wild land interface fires.
Due to Langford’s varied landscape and development, fires in Langford can range from small garbage bin fires to large warehouse blazes. As such Langford Fire Rescue is prepared to deal with fires in a host of structures from residential dwellings to industrial complexes, and each has their own set of hazards.
Members train constantly in different life-saving and fire suppression techniques to keep their skills sharp in this highly dangerous and demanding role. We train to Justice Institute of British Columbia standards with each firefighter completing a minimum of Firefighter Level II.
Each Station has a Primary Fire Engine (Engines 1, 2 and 3) outfitted for structural firefighting as well as many support vehicles (Ladder 1, Rescue 1, 2, 3, Tender 1, Brush 1, and Utility 1).
Each of our primary Fire Engines has Thermal Imaging Cameras which allow the firefighters to see through smoke in structures to locate people and a fire’s source more quickly.
Wildfires and Interface Fires
Interface fire zones are areas where commercial and residential buildings could be threatened in the event of a wildfire.
Langford Fire Rescue and the City of Langford have completed a comprehensive Interface Fire Hazard Plan [PDF – 1.7 MB] for community development planning and firefighting procedures in areas of our district that have the potential for wildfires (grass and bush) to progress towards homes.
With the potential for bush fires to progress rapidly we have designed a vehicle for rapid response in the bush (Brush 1) and a tanker (Tender 1) to support it.
The First Responder program was developed by the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the BC Ambulance Service in order to train firefighters and police officers in emergency medical care.
First Responder was created to ensure that a person in distress receives proper medical attention in a timely manner. Do not be surprised to find that in the event that 9-1-1 is called for an ambulance the fire department responds as first responders to assist the ambulance paramedics.
Langford Fire Rescue actively participates in a number of courses through the Justice Institute, including First Responder. Department members are certified as First Responder III with AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and Spinal Management endorsements.
These courses must be re-certified every three years with the exception of the AED endorsement, which is re-certified every six months. Langford Fire Rescue includes the First Responder Program in its weekly training to ensure the skills of our firefighters are up-to-date with developing technology, techniques, and protocols.
The City of Langford is a developing community nestled amidst wilderness: a landscape that challenges Langford Fire Rescue to train for extreme rescue situations.
High Angle Rope Rescue
Our rescue crews train hard to overcome the challenge of Langford’s mountainous terrain and high-angle sites in many of the parks and hills that offer gorgeous views from the well-maintained trails.
We strongly recommend people stay on the trails and not wander too far off the beaten path. Staying on trails will prevent you from encountering unseen dangers and help maintain the beauty of our natural scenery.
Langford Fire Rescue has specially trained members who train in technical rope rescue through the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Technical High Angle Rope Rescue Program, specializing in Tower Crane Rescue Operations. All members of the department have fundamental knowledge of our rescue services coupled with their own extensive fire service rope training.
We offer two higher level courses in technical rope rescue that are based on rescue courses offered by Roco Rescue, a North American leader in technical rope rescue training. Our team leaders are all trained in advanced raising and lowering systems and individual rescuing. Our fire hall on Peatt Road, Station No. 1, was designed with a three-story training tower from which we can practice many of our rescue scenarios.
We aim to be quick, highly proficient, adaptable, and caring.
Within Langford city limits there are three major lakes, numerous open water features, as well as oceanfront property. As such, Langford Fire Rescue has a highly trained and skilled Water Rescue Unit.
Our 18-foot rescue Zodiac watercraft is centrally located at Langford Fire Station No. 3 on Sooke Lake Road. The Zodiac is equipped with a through-the-hull pump that produces 100 gallons a minute at 100 psi. The watercraft also has a front-mounted monitor for extinguishing small fires on the sea or lakeshore that are not easily accessible by land.
Firefighters are trained in the operation of the Zodiac and in water rescue techniques. In addition to the Zodiac, we have other essential water rescue equipment: cold water wet suits, masks, fins, and rope bags.
Our Water Rescue Unit also aids neighboring municipalities, West Shore RCMP and BC Ambulance Service in water rescue emergencies.
Education Materials and Services
Langford Fire Rescue is committed to working with our community to develop and deliver fire and life safety education programs.
The objective of these programs is to teach the members of our community how to prevent and protect themselves from hazards, with a special focus on fire prevention.
The Langford Fire Rescue Public Education Program features a variety of free information sessions and events, including:
- Fire extinguisher training
- Kitchen safety sessions at Spencer and Belmont Schools
- Fire safety sessions and fire hall tours to preschoolers and children
- Yearly fire safety expo for all Grade 4 students within our community
- Yearly open house for all members of our community
If you would like to arrange a fire safety session/fire hall tour for your organization, please contact:
- Langford Fire Rescue
- Phone: (250) 478-9555
Additional safety information is available from Fire Prevention Canada.
Wildfires and Interface Fires
Interface fire zones are areas where commercial and residential buildings could be threatened in the event of a wildfire.
Langford Fire Rescue and the City of Langford have completed a comprehensive Interface Fire Hazard Plan [PDF – 1.7 MB] for planning community development and firefighting procedures in areas of our district that have the potential for wildfires (grass and bush) to progress towards homes.
Fire Prevention Officers Association of BC offers a list of recalled items. Keep yourself safe by checking frequently.
The Women’s Auxiliary was established in the early 1950s and was first comprised of firefighters’ wives. They held dances, teas, bake sales, craft sales, etc. to finance the purchase of a variety of furnishings for the Firehall, Communications Centre and the ambulance when it was manned and operated by the Langford Fire Department.
Today, the WA continues to raise funds for equipment, furnishings, family support and an education bursary that is available to LFR members. They also make lunches for the firefighters during weekend training courses or when the firefighters are on a lengthy call and are in need of meals.
Joining the Woman’s Auxiliary
This group is open to all women who would like to be part of an energetic and effective group that contributes to Langford’s growing community in a tangible and rewarding way.
The Women’s Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of each month (with the exception of July and August), at 7:00 pm at Station 2, located at 3205 Happy Valley Road.
For more information, please contact Langford Fire Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-478-9555.
Funds are raised primarily through the catering of a variety of events for the Fire Department such as:
- Lunches for firefighters attending training courses.
- Food & beverages at fire and/or emergency scenes as required.
- Refreshments at the annual Santa Parade of fire trucks.
- Pancakes and hot dogs at the Annual Fire Rescue Open House.
- Concessions at various community events.
- Sale of various products which are used as fundraisers for non-profit groups.
Recent fundraising procurements include:
- Portable Defibrillators
- Thermal Imaging Camera
- Firefighting conference in Indiana
- Kitchen amenities
- Patio furnishings for Station No. 3
- Bereavement Fund
- Education Bursary Fund
Junior Citizenship Award Trophy
The Women’s Auxiliary sponsors the Junior Citizenship Award Trophy and presents it annually to a deserving student graduating from Belmont Senior Secondary School.