Pender Island
Fire Protection

Pender Islands Fire Rescue

015 emergencies attended this year as of January 16


Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter or a First Responder takes time, effort and dedication. However, the benefits of saving lives and making your community a better place is worth every minute and every ounce of effort. Click below for details:

Recruiting Details



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The official website


Wildfire Prevention for Your Home & Community

As homeowners we can take simple steps to reduce the probability and impact of wildfire on our properties and in our communities.

Wildfires are unpredictable and wildland housing intermix fires present unique challenges and obstacles. By being practical and proactive it’s possible to reduce the risk of wildfire before it threatens our homes and community.

Please - Do not park on tall grass as modern car exhaust systems can be red hot and start a fire. No tossed butts. There are no fires allowed anywhere on the beaches or on North and South Pender. Be fire wise and use extreme caution when interacting in and around forested areas.

At Home

The FireSmart Homeowner's Manual (PDF) is particularly useful for identifying the changes you can make to help protect your home from wildfire.

Please report any fire or smoke immediately by calling 911.


our new training facility

training facility

In January 2018, Pender Island Fire Rescue officially opened the Live Fire / Drill Tower Training Structure, completing the third major phase of our training facility development.

This achievement is part of a long-term strategy to develop Excellence in Service Delivery, whereby Pender Island Fire Rescue (PIFR) has been improving training facilities, developing instructors, and establishing agreements with educational institutions. PIFR recognizes that rigorous, challenging training is essential to recruit and retain the right volunteers. Competencies in a wide range of tasks are essential for firefighters to quickly and safely deliver effective emergency response services. Creating, practicing and sustaining those competencies requires qualified instructors, effective training plans and appropriate facilities.

This Training Facility Project Overview provides a detailed view of the training facilities, administrative and personnel development at Pender Island Fire Rescue.

For more information, please, click here: Training Facility Project Overview.pdf


We are pleased to report that Pender Island Fire Rescue meets the standards stated for “Full Service Fire Departments”.


Office of the Fire Commissioner
Effective: October 14, 2014

Effective this date the “Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook” is established as the new Minimum Fire Training Standard for the Province of British Columbia, pursuant to section 3 of the Fire Services Act. This replaces the training standard that was previously established on January 1, 2003.

This new standard sets out the requirements to be met based upon the service level identified by the Authority Having Jurisdiction for the provision of fire services in each community. The standard references competencies drawn from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.

Fire departments and AHJ’s should refer to the “Playbook” to determine the specific requirements for their community. Questions and clarifications can be directed to the Office of the Fire Commissioner and/or the B.C. Fire Training Officers Association for assistance.

The “Playbook” is intended to be a ‘living document’ that will be reviewed and updated periodically. Input or suggestions from the fire service and AHJ’s is welcome. In addition, frequently asked questions will also be addressed in a “Question & Answer” type document that will be posted on the OFC website.

Gordon Anderson
Fire Commissioner
Province of British Columbia

The new standard ties the level of service that can be delivered in any community with firefighter levels of training and is designed to prevent firefighter deaths and injuries. The implementation of the standard is supported by the Fire Chief’s Association of BC and the Fire Training Officers Association of BC.

You can view the entire text of the document at:


Thank you!

PIFR would like to express our sincerest of thanks to all the members of our amazing community for your ongoing support and generosity in giving to the training ground project. Thanks to the Conconi Foundation and NU to Yu that so generously supported this project with $110,000 and $25,000 respectively. More than $210,000 was raised to complete Phase 2 of the project.


It's the law: Older buildings must have smoke alarms

A new law requiring all older buildings and homes to have working smoke alarms went into effect Saturday, May 2, across B.C.

The changes to the B.C. Fire Code mean every private dwelling, hotel and motel room built before 1979 must have a smoke alarm.

The B.C. government says battery-operated smoke alarms are allowed in these older buildings where putting in hard-wired electrical devices might prove too difficult or expensive.

The Ministry of Public Safety states that some battery-operated smoke alarms may be less reliable than alarms that have been hard wired to a building's electrical system because they require occupant maintenance and are more easily disabled intentionally or inadvertently.

However, the significant cost of installing smoke alarms integrated with a building's electrical system is likely to discourage their installation in older buildings.

Pender residents who can't afford to equipment their dwellings with battery-operated smoke detectors can get one free at Hall #1.

Any building built after 1979 in the province already needs to have smoke alarms, and municipal bylaws in most areas govern their installation and maintenance.

Homeowners should test smoke alarms regularly and check when they were made. A smoke alarm more than 10 years old should be replaced.


Home fire safety assessment

As your neighbour here on Pender, we’d like to help you ensure that your residence is as Fire-Safe as possible. To see a check list to use in assessing your home please go to:

Home Fire Safety Assessment Checklist.pdf (560K)

Visitor Fire Safety Assessment Checklist.pdf (725K)


Pender Island Fire Rescue, Pender Islands Fire Protection Society Operational and Governance Review
April 2012

PIFR Review 2012.pdf (1.7M)


October 4, 2011

Chief Charlie Boyte named “Volunteer Chief of the Year”

Pender Island Fire Rescue (PIFR) Chief Charlie Boyte has been named “Canada’s Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year” by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

Association President, Hamilton Fire Chief Rob Simonds, praised Boyte’s strong commitment to training that has resulted in all responding firefighters at PIFR being certified at levels often associated with full-time fire departments.

There are 3,200 volunteer fire departments across Canada that comprise of 91 per cent of all departments and 77 per cent of all fire fighting personnel.

The national president also noted that “Fire Chief Boyte’s innovative job sharing program has seen the recruitment of dozens of Pender Island citizens as non-firefighter volunteers.”

The result has been a dramatic increase in community support and a 30 per cent reduction in suppression firefighters’ time in performing non-responder duties, Fire Chief Simonds said.

Chief Boyte said: “I have been given a great opportunity to nurture a culture in the fire service that honours service to people as we safeguard our communities.

“There is a lot of work to do across this nation to ensure our families and communities are secure. This is especially true in rural areas where countless committed fire chiefs are struggling to maintain high standards with stretched resources.”

PIFR is also pleased to report that Deputy Chief Mike Dine has received the BC Lieutenant Governor's Public Safety Award which acknowledges "those who are dedicated to making our province a safer place to work, live and play."

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Paul Hutcheson

First Responder
Support Crew

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


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