Interlakes Fire Truck Referendum

A referendum (assent vote) to replace two fire trucks for the Interlakes Area Fire Protection Service was held on Aug. 18, 2018 for eligible voters within the Interlakes Area Fire Protection Service boundary.

A total of 255 residents cast their ballots with 98 per cent of residents saying yes to replace two fire trucks via borrowing versus leasing, with no adjustment to current tax rates.

Including the two advance polls, mail ballots and general voting day, the results were:

  • YES – 251
  • NO – 4 

Residents voted on the following question:

“Are you in favour of the Cariboo Regional District adopting Bylaw 5147, which will authorize the borrowing of up to $800,000 over 10 years to replace two aging engine/pumper fire apparatus for the Interlakes Area Fire Protection Service?

(The estimated annual cost to undertake this borrowing will not require any adjustment to tax rates.)”

For more information about the replacement of the two fire trucks, see our Frequently Asked Questions document.

The difficulties related to short-term financing for long-term, expensive assets has an impact on all of the CRD’s Volunteer Fire Departments, and the CRD expects to be adopting this type of longer-term financing model for other departments going forward.

Volunteer Fire Departments

The Cariboo Regional District currently administers 14 volunteer fire departments throughout the region. All volunteer fire departments operated by the Cariboo Regional District are recognized for insurance purposes by the Fire Underwriters Survey. To see if your property is in a current fire protection area, please reference our Maps section of the website.

Become a Firefighter!

  • No previous experience necessary
  • All required personal protective equipment and training are provided at no cost
  • Only have to fill out an application form, driver’s abstract, and criminal record check
  • On Duty insurance coverage
  • Practice once a week for two hours
  • Help keep your community safe
  • Tax credits provided to volunteer firefighters from the federal government who serve at least 200 hours per year

To apply to become a volunteer firefighter, please contact your local department below.


Hall Phone   

Email Address

108 Mile VFD


150 Mile VFD


Barlow Creek VFD


Bouchie Lake VFD


Deka Lake VFD


Forest Grove VFD


Interlakes VFD


Kersley VFD


Lac La Hache VFD


Lone Butte VFD


Miocene VFD


Ten Mile VFD


West Fraser VFD


Wildwood VFD


Fire Protection

The Cariboo Regional District has established mutual aid agreements between fire departments, which encourages a cooperative approach to maximizing the level of service provided to our constituents. The agreements allow equipment and manpower from departments to assist neighbouring fire departments in the case of large fires or concurrent incidents.

Mutual aid agreements are also in place with the three municipal fire departments: the District of 100 Mile House, the City of Williams Lake, and the City of Quesnel, as well as with several independent and First Nations fire departments.

For further information regarding fire protection services, contact the Manager of Protective Services by telephone at 250-392-3351 or toll free at 1-800-665-1636.

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