Support a new fire hall this June.
Fire fighters and first responders are there for us when we need them.
Our volunteers serve 10,000 residents in Cowichan Bay and the surrounding areas, working out of a 1977 building that is no longer safe or compliant. CowBay needs a new fire hall to keep the community and our volunteers safe.
The Cowichan Bay Fire Service
Established in 1947, the Cowichan Bay fire service is run entirely by volunteers who drop everything to respond when they get a call. There are currently just under 30 volunteer fire fighters serving about 10,000 residents spread across parts of Cowichan Station, Koksilah, Cobble Hill, Arbutus Ridge, and other areas, along with Cowichan Bay (Electoral Area D).
A new fire hall for our community
The Cowichan Bay fire hall was built in 1977. Seismic reviews have found that the building may collapse in an earthquake, and a citizen advisory group has recommended that a new hall be built. The longer we wait to build a new hall, the more expensive it will be.
Approval to build new fire hall
An Alternative Approval Process or AAP is a way of giving electors (in this case landowners) and opportunity to to consider approval for a proposal. In this case, the Cowichan Bay Improvement District is seeking approval to borrow funds for construction of a new fire hall.
Average number of calls per year
The population served by 30 volunteers
The area we protect
The minimum lifespan for a new fire hall