Fire Services

Our Mission: To provide safe, professional fire suppression and rescue services to our community through education and prevention with the dedication to serve, the courage to act and the ability to perform.

Fire Chief Brett Mikkelsen

Welcome to the Sidney Fire Department.

Since 1914 a dedicated group of volunteers have had a singular mission: Protecting the lives and property of our neighbours.

Today six career staff and 35 volunteers fulfill this mission by providing First Responder Medical Services, Fire Suppression, Auto Extrication, Fire Prevention, Fire and Emergency Management Education, and Confined Space Rescue Services. For over one hundred years Sidney firefighters have worn a patch on their sleeve reminding them of the faith and trust that has been placed in their hands.

It’s a symbol representing not only our history, but our commitment to excellence and an honour we take seriously.

As residents of the Town the Community Safety Building is your building, we are simply present and proud custodians of it. Please stop by if you are interested in joining our team, have a question regarding fire safety or emergency preparedness, would like a hall tour, or perhaps have a child or grandchild that would like to sit on a fire truck.

Together we will strive to make Sidney the safest Town of its size in Canada.

Brett Mikkelsen,
Chief of Department, Sidney Fire


Community Risk Reduction Programs

The Community Risk Reduction programs are committed to educating neighbourhoods, schools, seniors, businesses, clubs, and any interested residents on a variety of topics. Some of the topics we offer free public education on include fire safety, emergency preparedness, fire extinguisher training, smoke alarms, and child car seat installation.

Curious about a particular topic? Contact the Fire Department at 250-656-2121 or

Learn more about Public Education presentations

Mobile Food Vendor

Mobile food truck/street vending operations require a valid Business Licence, either issued by the Town of Sidney, or an Intermunicipal Licence issued by the municipality in which the business is located. By having a valid Business Licence, it is expected that the business has approval from Island Health and any necessary Fire Department inspections. For more information, visit Street Vending & Mobile Food Trucks.

Volunteer Recruitment

The Sidney Fire Department provides fire, rescue, medical, and other emergency related services to the Town of Sidney on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis.

Although the Department is comprised of career staff, most of the Town’s fire service is provided by our dedicated volunteer members.

Learn how you can assist your community by becoming a volunteer firefighter.


Requirements for a Fire Safety Plan vary based on the type occupancy.

For more information, visit our Fire Safety Plan page

Wood burning within the Town of Sidney is not permitted. Residential waste, construction site, demolition site, land-clearing and beach fire burning are prohibited. Propane and charcoal fire pits are permitted.

For more information, review the Fire Department Service Level Establishment and Fire Regulation Bylaw

You are encouraged to contact the Fire Department if you require clarification at 250-656-2121 or

Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older may apply for a Fireworks Permit to fire, set off or explode Family Fireworks or Display Fireworks by submitting an application to the Fire Chief.

Applications are to be submitted to the Fire Department for authorization. Applications can be dropped off in person, mailed to the department, or sent electronically. The $10.00 fee can now be paid online, or through cash or cheque. Please contact the Fire Department for more details by either email or 250-656-2121

To prevent possible noise impacts of fireworks on wildlife, fireworks cannot be discharged within 200 metres of the designated Environmentally Sensitive Areas.

To confirm you are not in an environmentally sensitive area, please review the Town of Sidney Bylaw to Regulate Fireworks

The Fire Department does not recycle or recharge fire extinguishers.

For both of these services or anything related to fire extinguishers please visit Capital City & Sidney Fire Equipment at 16-2075 Henry Ave West, Sidney.

The Fire Department cannot accept marine flares from residents. These can be recycled at Pacific Coast Liferaft in Victoria.

These should be recycled at the Hartland Recycling Facility  in Victoria.

You can call them at: 250-360-3030