Ambulance services are provided by BC Ambulance Services (BCAS) which is connected to the 911 Emergency system. BCAS works under the authority of the Emergency Health Services Commission of the provincial Ministry of Health Services. The BCAS provides emergency pre-hospital treatment and transportation by ambulance for the public and visitors to BC.
In BC, the service employs about 1000 full-time paramedic and dispatch personnel, 2200 part-time staff, and 100 management and support personnel. Service in rural areas is largely provided by part-time staff paramedics trained to the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) I level.
All telephoned requests for ambulance service are directed to one of three regional dispatch centres, providing call-taking and call assessment services, as well as communications links which facilitate contact with, and the dispatch of, ground ambulances. If an air ambulance is requested, the regional dispatch centre will put the caller into contact with the Provincial Air Ambulance Coordination Centre in Victoria. Response times in rural areas are predominately determined by the distance traveled to an accident scene.
Non-Emergency Tel: 604-796-2151
EMERGENCIES: CALL 9-1-1
The Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department is comprised of 20 dedicated paid-on-call (POC) Firefighters who are committed to public safety through the delivery of a wide variety of services. Some of the many services we provide include: Fire Suppression, Code Enforcement and Inspection, Fire Cause Determination, Fire Prevention, Public Education and First Responder Medical Service, and Fire Extinguisher Training. Are you interested in learning lifesaving skills, emergency operations, fire prevention and community safety? Paid on Call Firefighters are your friends and neighbours. They are the men and women who help keep our Community and citizens safe.
Do you live in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs? Do you live in the area, from Rockwell Drive to the intersection of Highway 7 & 9? Do you work in Harrison Hot Springs and are available to attend calls during your work hours? Interested in Being a Firefighter? You can be a fire fighter! Get involved by applying today! Please email the Fire Department directly for more information.
For any inquiries regarding the Fire Department, the services we provide, or how we can help you, please contact the Fire Department at 604-796-9966 or by email.
- Fire Department Regulation (Consolidated) Bylaw No. 1031
- Fire Alarm System Regulation Bylaw No. 832
- Fireworks Regulation Bylaw No. 871
- Display Permit to Ignite, Explode, Set Off or Detonate Fireworks Application
Residential campfires and outdoor burning are prohibited in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. Communal Campfire Permit applications are only available to campgrounds for their patrons. Applications for an Outdoor Campfire Permit are available at the Village Office, 495 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, telephone 604-796-2171.
- Open Burning and Outdoor Fire Regulation Bylaw 1110
- Ministry of Environment Factsheet on Burning Requirements
If you have an inquiry regarding fire inspections please send us an email.
HOW PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS WORKImage
Although there are only two lights for pedestrian signals there are three distinct phases; the walk, flashing hand and steady hand.
Walking Person The Walking Person indication is normally about seven seconds long and tells pedestrians that they may start crossing the intersection. The WALKING PERSON usually won’t stay on during your entire crossing.
Flashing Hand and Steady Hand (Don’t Walk) The pedestrian clearance interval consists of a FLASHING HAND signal. Pedestrians should complete their crossing, however, they should not begin crossing on the FLASHING HAND signal. The FLASHING HAND clearance interval is based on the street width and a typical pedestrian walking speed. The STEADY HAND signal means that a pedestrian should NOT enter or cross the street.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why does the white WALKING PERSON indication turn off before I finish crossing the street?
A: There is a common misunderstanding that the WALKING PERSON indication should be displayed for the entire time required to cross the street. The WALKING PERSON light tells pedestrians that they may begin to cross. The pedestrian protection does not end when the WALKING PERSON light ends and the FLASHING HAND indication begins. The FLASHING HAND indication means to continue crossing if you have entered the crosswalk and do not begin to cross if you have not entered the crosswalk.
Q: How do pedestrian signals work?
A: Pedestrians must push the button and wait for the WALKING PERSON to appear. Do not begin to cross if the FLASHING HAND or STEADY HAND signal is on.
Q: Turning vehicles cut in front and behind me when I cross, even when the WALKING PERSON or FLASHING HAND light is displayed. What should I do?
A: The BC Motor Vehicle Act requires all vehicles to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Some drivers may not show enough courtesy and will attempt to turn in front of or behind pedestrians. For your own safety, be attentive and watch for turning vehicles across your path. Make eye contact with the turning driver and be certain that it is safe to cross before continuing.
Q: I am a slow walker and do not have enough time to get across. What should I do?
A: Always push the PEDESTRIAN BUTTON and be attentive for a fresh WALKING PERSON indication. Begin your crossing immediately after the WALKING PERSON light comes on. The duration of the FLASHING HAND indication is the time needed to cross the entire distance from one side to the other.
Q: Why doesn’t the light change as soon as I push the button?
A: Just like vehicles, pedestrians must wait for their turn. Depending on the number of different sequences (e.g., advance green vehicle phases) at the intersection and at what point in the cycle the signal is in, the time for the WALKING PERSON light to appear will vary by location and traffic conditions. During busy periods this time may be longer than in off-peak times. Please be patient and wait for the WALKING PERSON light.
Q: What are audible traffic signals?
A: Many people have limited or no sight but enjoy the many benefits of walking on their own. Audible traffic signals, a “cuckoo” or “chirp-chirp”, allow them to know when the walk signal is displayed and helps them orient themselves to the far side of the crosswalk.
Q: What is a pedestrian countdown display?
A: Countdown signals show the number of seconds remaining until the end of the FLASHING HAND interval when all pedestrians should be clear of the intersection. They provide pedestrians assurance of the time remaining to complete their crossing.
Teach Your Child to be a Safe Pedestrian –
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety Canada.
The RCMP is unique in the world since it is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. They provide a total federal policing service to all Canadians and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces (except Ontario and Quebec), more than 150 municipalities, more than 600 Aboriginal communities and three international airports.
The Village of Harrison Hot Springs is serviced by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Agassiz Detachment located at 6869 Lougheed Highway, RR1, Box 349, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0.
To report a crime, or if you require immediate police assistance, please dial 9-1-1. For non emergency, please call 604-796-2211
WildSafeBC is a program designed to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, innovation and cooperation. WildSafeBC has provided the Village of Harrison Hot Springs with “cautionary” signage for both bear, cougar and coyote that may frequent areas in the Village. These signs will be posted when sightings have been reported. It is important for residents to report any bear, cougar or coyote sightings to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or cell #7277. It is helpful if these sightings can also be reported to the Village Office at 604-796-2171 so sighting dates can be recorded and the appropriate signage erected.
WildSafe BC also has a Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (W.A.R.P.) that enables the public to view recent sightings as well as the ability to record sightings as they occur. Visit the W.A.R.P. website or for more information visit WildSafeBC.ImageImageImage