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We investigate fires for origin and cause. Find out why it’s important to investigate and report all fires, no matter how big or small they are.

What We Investigate

What We Investigate

We investigate fires that have occurred at a diverse range of locations, including: structural, vehicles, wildland/outdoor and marine fires.

Fire investigations allow Richmond Fire-Rescue to identify fire hazards in the community and to implement necessary safety measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

I saw a fire. What should I do?

If you see a fire, of any size, please call 9-1-1 immediately. 

To ensure the safety of the community, all fires should be reported so they can be investigated to help prevent similar fires from occurring.

Fire investigations also help to develop future Building and Fire Code regulations as well as identify products that are to be recalled.

What if it was a small fire that was put out?

If you witnessed a small fire that was extinguished without being reported to the fire department, you can contact Richmond Fire-Rescue to report the fire and our fire investigators will investigate to ensure the property is safe. 

Report Fire Incident

IMPORTANT: if you are currently experiencing an emergency and require an immediate response from Police, Fire or Ambulance, then please call 9-1-1 immediately.

To report a fire that was put out and is no longer a hazard, you can: 

  • Complete the form below.
  • Call Richmond Fire-Rescue at 604-278-5131 if you have the information requested in the form below. 

When reporting, please provide sufficient detail for Richmond Fire-Rescue to determine the property location of the fire.

NOTE: We highly encourage using the form below to submit your report, as it provides us with the information we need to respond to your inquiry in a timely manner. 

Personal information is collected by Richmond Fire-Rescue to provide the requested service or information.  The City of Richmond is collecting this information under Section 26 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please contact the FOI coordinator at 604-276-4165 or if you have any concerns.

How Can I Best Protect My Home?

How Can I Best Protect My Home?

To prevent fires in your home, it is important to adopt good safety habits. 

We recommend that both property owners and tenants purchase insurance, so that they have support during any fire-related loss.

Youth Firesetter Program

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If it is determined that a youth was involved in setting a fire, Richmond Fire-Rescue has a Youth Firesetter Program to provide support and education on fire safety.

Firesetting is a serious life safety concern and Richmond Fire-Rescue is committed to working with the community to prevent harm.