In December 1942 the Board of Trade was asked to undertake the formation of a Volunteer Fire Brigade, since that time the fire department in Qualicum Beach has changed dramatically.

Originally providing just fire protection to a population of 300, Qualicum Beach Fire Rescue has become an all-hazard response agency providing fire and emergency services to over 11,000 residents in the Town of Qualicum Beach and Regional District of Nanaimo Area G. At its start in 1947, the department had 10 members and attended a handful of calls a year, it now has a roster of 30 paid on-call members and 4 staff responding to over 300 incidents a year.

Qualicum Beach First Fire Chief


Town’s First Fire Chief

F.G Heard was appointed first Fire Chief in July 1945.

Tender for New Fire Hall


Building the Fire Hall

Tender for first firehall was awarded to J.T Clarke for $2,175. 

Official Start of Qualicum Beach Fire Department


Official Start

The fire department proudly opens its doors for its official start.

First Siren


First Fire Truck and Siren

The first fire truck was purchased – an old army truck outfitted with a 300 gallon water tank.

It was decided to put a fire siren on top of the fire hall and Shady Rest to notify firefighters of a call (the siren is still on top of the new fire station).

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Mutual Aid Agreement

Talks of the first mutual aid agreement with Parksville Fire Department are started, this was the foundation to the extensive automatic aid agreement the area fire departments currently have in place.

First Fire Engine


First Official Fire Engine

Qualicum Beach takes delivery of its first new fire engine from Thibault in Pierreville Quebec.

Opening of Second Fire Hall


Second Fire Hall

After outgrowing the original fire hall a replacement was built next to the original for $41,000.

First Aerial Apparatus


First Aerial Apparatus

The department purchases it first aerial apparatus to support the larger buildings being built in Qualicum Beach. The apparatus was a 1972 75ft Snorkel purchased from the City of Port Alberni, it attended all the large commercial fires in the area until it was retired in 2006.

Start of Fire Camp


Youth Fire Camp

The first Youth Fire Camp is hosted, bringing together 16 students from grades 11 and 12.

New Fire Hall


A New Fire Hall

Department members move the apparatus and equipment into the new fire hall on Rupert Rd East.


Old Fire Hall Tower
Opening of Second Fire Hall


Engine 52


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Fire Hall

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Our Team