Victoria Fire Department

Witnesses reported seeing the woman smoking at a site where a brush fire started along Dallas Road on Saturday (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria Fire Department advises cigarette safety after two fires started in one week

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Witnesses reported seeing the woman smoking at a site where a brush fire started along Dallas Road on Saturday (Keri Coles/News staff)
The Victoria Fire Department responded to two dumpster fires late March 3, the fires have been deemed suspicious and are under investigation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria firefighters battle two suspicious dumpster fires Sunday night

Both fires are suspicious and are under investigation

The Victoria Fire Department responded to two dumpster fires late March 3, the fires have been deemed suspicious and are under investigation. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Hydro arrives to deal with a sparking power line the morning of Feb. 7. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Victoria Fire watch power line after fire reported

Fire crews and BC Hydro on scene at Alpha Street and Douglas

BC Hydro arrives to deal with a sparking power line the morning of Feb. 7. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Jeff Cullen (left) and three other firefighters from the Victoria Fire Department participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer training event for World Cancer Day 2019. Collectively, riders logged 200 km, to represent the more than 200,000 Canadians diagnosed with cancer every year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria Fire Department hosts ride for World Cancer Day

Participants in the upcoming Ride to Conquer Cancer event logged 200 km on stationary bikes

Jeff Cullen (left) and three other firefighters from the Victoria Fire Department participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer training event for World Cancer Day 2019. Collectively, riders logged 200 km, to represent the more than 200,000 Canadians diagnosed with cancer every year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
People will legally be allowed to grow four cannabis plants at home starting Oct. 17, but B.C. fire chiefs are worried about the lack of legislation surrounding electrical and fire codes. (File photo)

B.C. Fire chiefs concerned over home-grown cannabis and fire hazards

More legislation is needed around electrical, fire codes

People will legally be allowed to grow four cannabis plants at home starting Oct. 17, but B.C. fire chiefs are worried about the lack of legislation surrounding electrical and fire codes. (File photo)
Ross Isherwood (left), Murray Chunyk, Jed Hyde, Paul Hicke, Trevor Partlow and Luke Lampard went to Fort St. James on Wednesday with a water tender and a structural fire fightng engine to help combat wild fires. File contributed

Six Victoria firefighters head to B.C. Interior to combat wildfires

The Victoria Fire Department sent a water tender and fire truck to Fort St. James

Ross Isherwood (left), Murray Chunyk, Jed Hyde, Paul Hicke, Trevor Partlow and Luke Lampard went to Fort St. James on Wednesday with a water tender and a structural fire fightng engine to help combat wild fires. File contributed
Victoria Fire Department helps put out a fire at Christie’s Pub that started with rags in the dryer. (Photo courtesy of John Edgar)
Victoria Fire Department helps put out a fire at Christie’s Pub that started with rags in the dryer. (Photo courtesy of John Edgar)
A vintage fire truck bearing the flag draped casket of former Victoria Fire Department chief Doug Angrove makes its way along Lyall Street in Esquimalt in 2017. Angrove’s predecessor as chief, Richard Couch, will be memorialized next Saturday (July 14) at the Victoria Conference Centre. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Late Victoria fire chief’s memorial set for Saturday

Richard Couch to be remembered with service at Victoria Conference Centre on July 14

A vintage fire truck bearing the flag draped casket of former Victoria Fire Department chief Doug Angrove makes its way along Lyall Street in Esquimalt in 2017. Angrove’s predecessor as chief, Richard Couch, will be memorialized next Saturday (July 14) at the Victoria Conference Centre. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria fire crews battle a blaze engulfing a home on McClure Street earlier this year. The long-term health risks of the job have become more apparent with the deaths of two former fire chiefs. Ragnar Haagen/BLACK PRESS

EDITORIAL: Improvements in firefighter safety can’t come quickly enough

The death of two former Victoria fire chiefs in 13 months a stark reminder of the job’s hazards

  • Jun 30, 2018
Victoria fire crews battle a blaze engulfing a home on McClure Street earlier this year. The long-term health risks of the job have become more apparent with the deaths of two former fire chiefs. Ragnar Haagen/BLACK PRESS
Members of the Victoria Fire Department’s Ride to Conquer Cancer team join Colorado Avalanche NHL player Tyson Barrie (front row centre, left) and gold sponsor Jeremy Petzing (third from right), owner of The Local, for the donation of an autographed jersey to be auctioned off at this Friday’s Gala for Hope fundraiser at the Crystal Garden. The department team raised approximately $100,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation through its efforts last year. This year’s ride goes Aug. 24 and 25 on two routes on the mainland. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria firefighters gear up to help battle a different nemesis

Formal gala at Crystal Garden raising funds for Ride to Conquer Cancer team’s efforts

Members of the Victoria Fire Department’s Ride to Conquer Cancer team join Colorado Avalanche NHL player Tyson Barrie (front row centre, left) and gold sponsor Jeremy Petzing (third from right), owner of The Local, for the donation of an autographed jersey to be auctioned off at this Friday’s Gala for Hope fundraiser at the Crystal Garden. The department team raised approximately $100,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation through its efforts last year. This year’s ride goes Aug. 24 and 25 on two routes on the mainland. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Former Victoria Fire Department fire chief Richard Couch, who served for 30 years, including three years in the top job before retiring in 2006, passed away last week after a relatively brief battle with cancer. Photos courtesy City of Victoria

Late Victoria fire chief remembered for his quiet dedication, leadership

Richard “Rick” Couch the second former chief to pass from cancer in just over a year

Former Victoria Fire Department fire chief Richard Couch, who served for 30 years, including three years in the top job before retiring in 2006, passed away last week after a relatively brief battle with cancer. Photos courtesy City of Victoria
Sam and Finn Parker each received a Citizen’s Meritorious Award from the Victoria Fire Department for making sure everyone got out safely when their house caught fire in March. From left to right: Acting Mayor Marianne Alto, Finn Parker, Jess Edison, Sam Parker, Jasper Parker, Victoria Fire Chief Paul Bruce, and Jacquie Edison. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Teen Victoria brothers receive award for saving family from house fire

Sam and Finn Parker kept cool when their home started to burn and got three people out

Sam and Finn Parker each received a Citizen’s Meritorious Award from the Victoria Fire Department for making sure everyone got out safely when their house caught fire in March. From left to right: Acting Mayor Marianne Alto, Finn Parker, Jess Edison, Sam Parker, Jasper Parker, Victoria Fire Chief Paul Bruce, and Jacquie Edison. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The Victoria Fire Department was called to the scene at Gorge Road E. and Government St. for a reported person on fire. (FILE PHOTO)

UPDATE: Man on fire succumbs to injuries

Restaurant owner extinguished flames in afternoon incident

The Victoria Fire Department was called to the scene at Gorge Road E. and Government St. for a reported person on fire. (FILE PHOTO)
Victoria fire crews mop up the scene after attacking a fire in the fourth-floor corner suite seen in this photo. The fire was contained to the one suite, leaving the tenant needing to find someplace to stay for a while. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

One tenant displaced by fire in Cedar Hill Road apartment

Crews contain fire to fourth-floor suite, appears to have started in living room

Victoria fire crews mop up the scene after attacking a fire in the fourth-floor corner suite seen in this photo. The fire was contained to the one suite, leaving the tenant needing to find someplace to stay for a while. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria’s No. 1 fire hall on Yates Street will be replaced by a new multi-use public safety building on Johnson Street. Photo by Megan Sabell/victoria.ca

Victoria fire hall funding gets green light from council

New public safety building will house various emergency response functions

Victoria’s No. 1 fire hall on Yates Street will be replaced by a new multi-use public safety building on Johnson Street. Photo by Megan Sabell/victoria.ca
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McClure house fire saw Victoria firefighters use drone for first time in live situation

Aerial device feeds intel to crews to help formulate firefighting action plans

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EDITORIAL: New public safety building combo makes sense for Victoria

EDITORIAL: New public safety building combo makes sense for Victoria

Victoria Fire Department deserves a new No. 1 hall after 50-plus years

  • Mar 20, 2018
EDITORIAL: New public safety building combo makes sense for Victoria
Victoria to get new downtown fire hall and emergency centre

Victoria to get new downtown fire hall and emergency centre

Johnson Street public safety building would include emergency operations centre, ambulance station

Victoria to get new downtown fire hall and emergency centre
Event goers burned in James Bay church fire

Event goers burned in James Bay church fire

Victoria Fire Department was on scene, fire extinguished by the time they arrived

  • Dec 23, 2017
Event goers burned in James Bay church fire
The remains of what looks to be a couch set on fire in a yard on Delta Street near Burnside Rd. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Furniture burned in yard brings firefighters, police to Victoria home

Fire not deemed criminally suspicious by Victoria police

The remains of what looks to be a couch set on fire in a yard on Delta Street near Burnside Rd. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)