Chief Charlie Boyte's report for February 2015

Michael Boyle

By the close of 2014 PIFR had logged 214 incidents attended. This statistic is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the commitment made by our volunteers. We ask our volunteers to commit to excellence in service delivery and certainly they demonstrated that in 2014.

This year will be the first since 2005 that we have not had a firefighter recruit class. We have typically had good success in this area given the limited population base and our “pager carrying” roster is currently 40 members. This sounds like a lot of members, but not all responders are trained as firefighters. Our pager carrying members include first responders, communications operators and drivers for our large fire trucks.

We will focus more effort this year and next on recruiting to supplement our firefighter ranks. The role of firefighter is challenging but if you have the gumption we can teach you. We will show you how you can contribute to safety and security in our community. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to plan in advance and join next year’s class.

Here is the challenge: You trade six months of your regular Saturday activities (January through June next year) to study, learn and challenge yourself physically. Then we give you a pager so you can help as your time permits. Over the next year and a half we offer you the opportunity to serve your community and earn an accredited certificate to the internationally recognized NFPA 1001 firefighter standard or pursue a training stream that suits your interests.

Our goal is to stay ahead of the burnout curve. If you are industrious, caring, and physically fit, we would like you to consider the opportunity to re-deploy some of your time. In exchange for that commitment, we offer a wonderful opportunity to partner with some great people to help keep your families and friends safe.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dine will accept your call if you are thinking you may want to start training in January 2016. If you are up to the challenge call us at 250-629-3321, stop by Hall #1, 4423 Bedwell Harbour Road, or click on the "HELPING PIFR" icon on the left side of the home page.

The lack of a new recruit class has opened some excellent opportunities to hone in on our core group. Deputy Chief Dine has re-designed our annual training plan to focus on our current responders. The training includes opportunities for refresher and new learning in the following disciplines: Fire suppression, driver training, first responder instructor, confined space rescue, building collapse and technical high angle rescue. March 23 through 28 we will mentor our youth at the cadet camp. And, in April and May we will deliver an eight-day fire officer course.

New ERV (rescue truck). The truck has arrived and the equipment to put it in service is arriving from the manufacturers. Due to the enhanced utility of the vehicle there are many tasks required before it can be put in service including equipment mounting, radios and console and a variety of others. The new vehicle will be in service March 1 stationed at Hall #2.

Training Ground: Work is underway to prepare the site. We have decided to put a concrete basement foundation under the training building because this building style better reflects our typical housing stock and makes better use of the previous driveway road and space available. The project has been broken down in to a variety of phases to allow our local contractors to contribute to the project and the first phase has been awarded. Work includes stripping overburden, excavating for foundation and concrete removal. Three bids from local contractors were received and Bachmeier Brothers was awarded this phase. The next phase is the concrete foundation. It will be awarded as soon as final design drawings are complete.

We are looking forward to another exciting year in 2015. Our members are excited about the work on the training ground project and are very grateful for your unwavering support. Our sincerest thanks to all of you who have contributed to the project and brought this vision to life.

Fire Chief Charlie Boyte


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