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Burn Ban has been lifted! We appreciate your continued diligence around fire safety.

Important Fire Extinguisher Recall Notice

For more information please refer to the following information letter or visit
Kidde Canada:

If you have an affected fire extinguisher please contact Kidde at (855) 233-2882.

Regular Meetings of the Board of Trustees January 15, 2018

7:00pm, Lower Hall, Ganges United Church

Meeting Agenda:

Related document(s):

Outdoor Work and High Risk Activities are Regulated According to our Fire Danger Rating

Fire Risk Levels is EXTREME and all outdoor burning including camp fires are NOT ALLOWED.
Propane camp fires and Home Barbecues utilizing propane or charcoal are still permitted.
Please be vigilant and alert - CALL 911 immediately if you see or smell unexplained smoke.


A list of high risk activities can be viewed here.

In EXTREME fire risk conditions fires can start easily and spread quickly. During these conditions, it is risky to take unnecessary chances.


Salt Spring Island Fire-Rescue is committed to ensuring that our community remains safe from wildfires and that the economic impact of work closures on jobs and projects are minimized through appropriate risk management.

The Fire Chief has authority under Bylaw No. 125 Open Burning to issue a SPECIAL PERMIT open burning or work involving high risk activities outdoors during times of fire restrictions or closures. Special Permits allow restricted activities to continue for a short period of time. Hours of work may be limited and appropriate fire safety plans and prevention measures may be stipulated.

Special Permits may be obtained at Fire Hall No. 1 during normal business hours.

What about Chainsaws?

250-537-2531 (Non Emergency). All Emergencies please dial 9-1-1

Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue Wildfire Deployment



A letter of resignation has been received from Trustee Mitch Forest.

GVLRA Membership

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that the District has been accepted as a full member of the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association (GVLRA). The GVLRA was established in 1976 and is an employer's bargaining agency representing some thirteen Capital Regional District municipalities and public-sector entitles.

June 19, 2017 Press Release pdf_icon Adobe PDF document

Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District Committee Public Volunteer

A number of stand and select committees assist the Board of Trustees of the Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District. Trustees invite public participation to bring a wider range of knowledge and skills to enhance the effectiveness of each committee. The District considers a number of factors including educational and professional background, previous board or committee experience, or special skills when selecting volunteers.

There are still vacancies on all committees.

Open Burning Bylaw

Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District Bylaw No. 125 (Open Burning Bylaw) can be viewed here.

A Guide to the New Open-Burning Bylaw 125 can be viewed here.

The Burning Restrictions have been lifted for Salt Spring Island.
Fire Permits are required.

We are asking people to take the following precautions with any permitted outdoor burning:

  • Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and to prevent it from escaping
  • Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires
  • Create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

For More information please call the Ganges Fire Hall 250-537-2531 or email us at info@saltspringfire.com

Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Information

On April 9th, 2011 Salt Spring Island Fire/Rescue accomplished a true milestone in successfully completing the Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation Testing requirements.

Since then, many Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District (SSIFPD) Ratepayers whose residential address falls within the coverage zone - and who weren't previously considered to have been in a "hydranted" area - have benefited from reductions in their Insurance Premiums.

We're proud to provide our community with this opportunity for savings; in fact, only two other Fire Departments in BC have passed the rigorous testing required, so please forgive us if it sounds like we're tooting our horn!

You should take a look at our Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation page to view the coverage map and associated documents and call your Insurance Company.

The Local Fire Hazard is Low.

The Venting Index on,
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Machine pile burning ALLOWED.

11 January 2018

Facilities & Physical Plant Committee
7:00pm Training Room, Ganges Fire Hall

15 January 2018

Board of Trustees Regular Monthly Meeting
7:00pm, Lower Hall, Ganges United Church

17 January 2018

Communications Committee
4:00pm Training Room, Ganges Fire Hall

25 January 2018

Occupational Health & Safety Committee
5:30pm Staff Lounge, Ganges Fire Hall

2015 Fire Underwriters Survey Report (Final)

This notice was posted July 29, 2015

Please note that this is the final version of the 2015 Fire Underwriters Survey Report.

2015 Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) Report - Final pdf_icon Adobe PDF document

Ellis Recycle Ltd.

This notice was posted February 22, 2013

Ellis Recycle in Victoria, BC handles the safe disposal of signal & distress flares.


S.A.F.E (Smoke Alarms for Every... Salt Spring senior citizen, physically disabled person or person living on a fixed income)

Salt Spring Island Rotary Club and Salt Spring Island Fire/Rescue have teamed up ensure that seniors, physically disabled persons and persons living on a fixed income have working, battery powered smoke alarms in their homes.

To request a site visit for smoke detector installation please contact Salt Spring Island Fire/Rescue at 250 537-2531.

Note: This program is not intended to replace the responsibility that landlords have to their tenants to provide working smoke detectors.

Community Wildland Interface Fire Protection Plan

Community Wildland Interface Fire Protection Plan for the Improvement District of Saltspring Island
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Individual Residence Wildfire Hazard Assessment

Find out which Hazard Rating Class your residence is in with this online assessment form.

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