Public Safety

Ensuring you have access to quality safety amenities is important to anyone considering a move – even more-so when that move is away from an urban centre. Vancouver Island North is well equipped with everyday fire and safety services and provides easy access to larger urban centres for speciality services not currently available.

Police Stations

The region is governed under the authority of law by the RCMP, with stations in Port McNeill, Port Hardy, Port Alice, and Alert Bay. Under police jurisdiction are also the smaller villages, hamlets and islands, which are accessed by police vessels. The area is known for having an exceptionally low crime.

There is also a provincial Marine division which patrols the entire coast by vessel. Notable vessels the “Higgit” and “Nadon” are welcomed into each harbour.

Fire Departments

The regional district provides fire protection service to participating unincorporated communities through the support of Volunteer Fire Departments. Incorporated towns and communities have their own volunteer fire departments.

A local Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is necessary for a community to have fire protection services that keep property insurance rates reasonable for residents and businesses alike. In that spirit, all able-bodied individuals living in unincorporated communities are encouraged to talk with their local fire chief about becoming a volunteer member, particularly if they do not normally commute to work to other locations. Without enough volunteers, communities risk losing their fire protection and seeing incident response times become much greater. Our VFDs want to hear from you!


BC Emergency Health Services is commonly called BC Ambulance. The region is fortunate to have many capable first responders working to safeguard public health in emergencies. Learn More at Emergency Health Services.

Police Departments Contact List

Fire Departments Contact List

Coal Harbour Volunteer Fire Department

Hyde Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Sointula Volunteer Fire Department

Woss Volunteer Fire Department

Port Hardy Volunteer Fire Department (Hall No. 1)

Port Hardy Volunteer Fire Department (Hall No. 2)

Port McNeill Volunteer Fire Department