Fire Department / Public Safety / Policing
Sidney Volunteer Fire Department:
The Sidney Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of 35 dedicated volunteer members and 7 staff members. The department protects approximately 11,000 residents residing in Sidney’s 5KM radius by providing First Responder medical services, Rescue services, and structural firefighting.
When the department isn’t out protecting the community, the members work hard towards improving their training and also educating the public on fire prevention. Sidney Fire works closely with their Mutual Aid partners, North Saanich Fire Department, Central Saanich Fire Department, and the Victoria Airport Fire Department to protect the Peninsula.
With Comprehensive Emergency Management in mind, the Town of Sidney has established an Emergency Planning Committee to oversee the many activities required for effective emergency management.
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Detachment:
The Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Detachment's policing area includes:
- The Town of Sidney;
- The District of North Saanich
- Four First Nation Communities (Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum, and Tsawout);
- Willis Point (within the Capital Regional District); and
- A provincial area consisting of 55 islands and a 55 kilometer section of the international border with the United States.
Our detachment consists of 31 RCMP officers and 8.5 civilian support staff. In addition to the General Duty Patrol Section, officers are assigned to Municipal Traffic Services, First Nations Policing, School Liaison/Community Policing, and General Investigations.
Our detachment also has an active Auxiliary Constable Program consisting of 16 dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of volunteer hours in the community each year. These volunteers provide community policing services including home security checks, personal safety seminars, scooter safety presentations, and program delivery to local elementary school children. The detachment is also complemented with several other volunteers in the areas of Speed Watch, Victim Services, Citizens on Patrol, and Restorative Justice.
Citizens on Patrol:
Sidney residents are fortunate to live in a very safe community that has a low crime rate. The Citizens on Patrol (COP) program gets the community involved by supporting the police and working in partnership with them to improve safety and prevent crime. Under the direction of the police, COP volunteers patrol in vehicles in pairs and report any suspicious or criminal activity to which the police can prioritize and respond. The volunteers have no enforcement authority and do not leave their vehicles unless authorized to do so by the police.
If you would like more information about Citizens on Patrol or would like to volunteer, please call Bill at 250-656-9293.