Help celebrate 100 years of Saanich Fire!

September 9, 2019

Media release
For immediate release

Help celebrate 100 years of Saanich Fire!

Saanich, BC – Over the past 100 years, the Saanich Fire Department’s service has spread like, well, fire.

Saanich Fire invites the community to help celebrate its centennial year at a special open house event at Saanich Fire Station No. 1, 760 Vernon Ave on September 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“When I joined Saanich Fire as a recruit, I was one of 84 firefighters in the department. One thing that strikes me today is the continued commitment to community that is shown by every member of the department,” said Fire Chief Michael Burgess. “Saanich’s fire stations and firefighting equipment have changed drastically over the last 100 years, and we’re inviting the community to get a glimpse into what the fuss is all about.”

Since 1919, the department has grown from one firefighter and 1,000 feet of hose to 127 members, seven support staff and one of the most advanced fleets in the region. The Saanich Fire Department has expanded beyond fighting fires and into almost every aspect of public safety in the region. From fire suppression to marine rescues, dispatch services to hazardous materials, they do it all and continue to improve upon these services daily.

“This history is inspiring,” said Sean Lillis, Fire Prevention Officer. “Those who have come before and will come after are a testament to the core values and guiding principles of the department. Seeing this growth and the benefit it brings to our community on a daily basis is what we are celebrating with the upcoming open house.”

Open house

To commemorate this milestone, the Saanich Fire Department will host a centennial event, bringing the community together to learn about what the department does and the passion with which we do it. Join the fun on September 21 and take part in the many activities and learning opportunities.

  • Official welcome at 11 a.m. from Mayor Haynes and Fire Chief Burgess
  • Meet Saanich’s fire fighters
  • Fire truck tours
  • Firefighting and rescue demonstrations
  • Quake Cottage earthquake simulation
  • Fire hose spray station
  • Bouncy castle
  • Food and fun for everyone

More information about the Saanich Fire Department and the centennial is available at

Media contact:

Sean Lillis, Fire Prevention Officer
Saanich Fire Department