Fire Rescue and Emergency Management


Vernon Fire - Rescue is responsible for community safety in many ways: 
Responding to and mitigating emergency situations to protect life and property, minimize damage, injury or loss, and do so as quickly, effectively and as well prepared as possible are the primary goals of fire and rescue services.

Request a Car Seat Check

Mobile Vendor Inspection Request

In non-emergency times, Vernon Fire - Rescue is focusing on awareness, fire and life safety public education, legislation, bylaw compliance and training. More specifically Vernon Fire - Rescue provides:

  •  First Medical Response
  •  Fire suppression, fire inspections and investigations, including Fee for Service Agreements
  •  Road Rescue, motor vehicle incident responses
  •  Public education and community relations, community smoke alarm campaign
  •  Hazardous Materials response and Confined Space Rescue, including Fee for Service Agreements
  •  Emergency Fire Dispatch
  •  Emergency Program and Emergency Support Services management

Submit a Fire Inspection Request

Custom inspections fall outside the realm of regular legislated inspections. If you require a fire inspection please use our fire inspection request form. Please contact your building inspector for building inspections. 

Request a Fire Inspection

If you would like to visit the Fire Station or would like the fire department to attend your event please use our request an event form.

Request an Event

Links: Public Fire and Life Safety Education
Links: Codes and Standards
Burning Permits

If you require a burning permit please contact the Vernon Fire Rescue 250-550-3565.

Burning permits are issued between November 1 and March 31. 

About The Fire Dispatch Centre

The Vernon Fire – Rescue dispatch centre is operated by Communication Operators who work the same 4 on 4 off schedule as the Firefighters.  There is one Communication Operator per shift.

The dispatch centre uses the FDM CAD, (computer aided dispatch) system to determine call location, deploy apparatus and enter critical information throughout an emergency.  Phone and radio transmissions are recorded.  Communication Operators also dispatch for City of Vernon Bylaw Officers, City of Vernon after hours utility and public works emergencies and City of Vernon Community Policing volunteers.

Lock Boxes

Lock Boxes (key or code deposit boxes) provide building owners and residents certainty that their building can be accessed by the fire department.  For more information on requirements and procedures please contact

Fire Bans and Restrictions

Effective at noon on Thursday, July 26, 2018, campfires are prohibited within the City of Vernon.

The recent hot and dry conditions in the region are expected to continue and fire danger ratings within the City of Vernon are now “moderate” to “high”. The ban is issued to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. 

This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. 

The following activities are prohibited within the CoV and apply to all public and private lands:

  • Campfires
  • Discarding burning substances near combustible material
  • Open air burning
  • Fireworks
  • Sky lanterns
  • Tiki torches and similar kinds of torches
  • Chimineas, outdoor stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA approved or ULC-approved

These prohibitions do not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

Non-compliance with the fire ban may result in fines up to $1,000.00 through the City of Vernon municipal bylaw. Sanctions through the Provincial government may result in tickets for $1,150; an administrative penalty of $10,000; or, if convicted in court, fines up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Fire bans and restrictions are implemented as local fire hazards or dangers, weather conditions and fire activity demand, to help to protect the population of, and property values in, British Columbia. 

For current BC Wildfire fire bans and restrictions click on the link.