Fire Department

Fire Department

Oliver Fire‐Rescue is a volunteer fire department with a fire chief, deputy fire chief, four captains and 14 officers. The department consists of approximately 32 A list members, 10 B list, and 17 lifetime members that work out of one fire station located on Similkameen Avenue.  The Town of Oliver provides fire protection to the Oliver Fire Protection District under a fire protection agreement. The department also provides limited fire protection to both native and non‐native properties contained within the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve, by way of agreement. The department has been utilizing town‐owned training grounds that are instrumental in advancing the departments training value.

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Fire Smart

To register to be a FireSmart Community click here. Individuals and groups can apply for a grant of up to $500 to be spent on FireSmart-ing their neighbourhood. Examples could include:

  • Hold a FireSmart information session with your neighbours. Reach out to your local fire department and invite them to introduce FireSmart to community members. Ask each resident to make one FireSmart commitment and then hold a follow-up meeting to see how everyone is doing!
  • Hold a FireSmart work bee – invite local residents to roll up their sleeves and clean up dead and downed woody debris surrounding the community.
  • Hold a FireSmart chipping event – invite local residents to clean up vegetation on their properties and haul it to the end of their driveway for pick up and chipping.
  • Invite the local fire department to come and help conduct FireSmart structure and site hazard assessments. Ask residents to commit to one action item on their property and then hold a contest with a prize to the most active community member.
  • Work collectively with your neighbours to make sure that every house in your neighbourhood has eaves that are clean and free of debris! Celebrate these activities with a community BBQ after!

Visit the FireSmart website to learn more about applicant eligibility guidelines and the application process.

There are many tips on the FireSmart website that can help your resident mitigate their property, lots of great tools and videos on the BC and Canada Fire Smart page.

FireSmart is a shared responsibility. With a few simple steps you can contribute to increasing your property, neighbourhood and community resiliency to wildfire. For more information, please visit FireSmart BC online:

Fire Smart Community Reports:

The reports provide suggestions to help reduce the risk of wildfire around private property including removing flammable material under decks, clearing away ladder fuels such as cedar hedges, and cleaning debris from gutters. Reports are available for Morningstar Road and Eveningstar Crescent.


Oliver CWPP Final Report