Providing access for Emergency Vehicles is a requirement under the BC Building Code. The requirements for access are defined and available from the local CRD Building Inspection Office.
Although CRD Building inspection is responsible to enforce the rules stated in the building code, there is a provision to accept a lesser standard providing the safety risks can be reasonably mitigated. It is at this point that our inspector sets out to find alternatives that will minimize the risk and assist the land owner by providing alternative solutions to CRD building inspection for consideration.
Some of the alternatives that are used are:
Our goal is to find solutions that allow the property to be developed while minimizing the risk to property owners and the community.
The bottom line is that when our fire trucks cannot get to a fire the odds of containing that fire are reduced. House fires can become forest fires that affect the community at large. Sprinklers are proven to be 99 per cent effective in containing the fire in the room of origin therefore saving the structure, the lives within and the rest of the community.
When the fire inspector considers driveway access he not only considers the risks of fire he also has to consider the accessibility for medical response. In many cases seconds make the difference between life and death. Try to imagine the frustration of getting to a property fast enough to provide life saving interventions only to discover that you cannot get the emergency vehicle up to the house.
You may not think of driveway inspections as saving lives but our inspection department does.
Commercial properties are required to meet the requirements of the BC Fire Code. Since January 2006 our inspection department has undertaken to inspect the highest risks in our community on an annual basis.
The response to our inspections has been overwhelmingly positive. Members of our commercial and retail community have shown great initiative in making their places safe for employees and customers.
The goal of our public education program is to reduce risk by teaching our community how to prevent or reduce the dangers of fire and medical emergencies.
Some of the programs that we have put in place to accomplish this goal are:
The Pender Island Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is intended to detail how wildfire risk (the potential for damage from wildfire) will be reduced on the Pender Islands. The plan provides a foundation for future collaboration, details risk assessment results, and produces an action plan for reducing wildfire risk. Agencies collaborating on this plan included Pender Island Fire Rescue, the Capital Regional District, Parks Canada, the Islands Trust, and the Ministry of Forests and Range.PenderCWPP.pdf (400K)
For more information please do not hesitate to contact:
Deputy Fire Chief
Fire Prevention and Public Education
250-629-3321 (Hall #1)