Chief Charlie Boyte's report for February 2016

Michael Boyle

PIFR is into the second month of 2016 already, but I feel I would be remiss if I did not recap some amazing things that happened in 2015. First and foremost our responders continued to excel in training and because of those efforts they delivered excellence in service to the 245 calls attended last year.

Those same volunteers, supplemented by our support crews, attended more than 20 community events in support of Island agencies and initiatives and worked tirelessly on projects to improve our fire halls and maintain our fire apparatus.

Many also worked diligently to provide the oversight required to ensure your fire and rescue services were well managed, effective and efficient. In the end, that commitment added up to more than 18,000 hours of volunteer time in 2015. That is an amazing contribution!

Our volunteers certainly lived up to their commitment to deliver excellent service. They accomplished that by supporting each other unconditionally, treating each person they served with care and compassion, comforting their loved ones and taking care of their pets and property just like they said they would when they joined this organization.

PIFR members delivered amazing care to this community and you returned it in spades with your generosity and amazing support for our training facility project. PIFR got everything we expected and more from the investment you made. Phase Two of the project is now substantially complete. The training area is now in use and we hope to see the final piece of the project, the live fire training building, come together in 2016.

We also have great news in the recruitment department. Our largest class ever of 14 volunteer recruits started basic training January 9th. That includes seven Pender recruits, three who are cadet camp graduates. As well, we have great participation from the other Southern Gulf Islands including four recruits from Mayne, two from Saturna Island and one from Willis Point on Vancouver Island.

The cost recovery model and curriculum developed by PIFR for these recruits reduces the overall cost per student ratio for recruit training for all our fire departments and ensures we are making effective use of our skilled trainers and facilities. Deputy Chief Mike Dine and Captain Adrian Hanson and all our trainers have done an amazing job putting the program together.

We still have a lot of work to do in recruiting. We are still 10 people short of our goal for a full roster. So, if you missed the class this year there is an excellent opportunity to step up in 2017.

So folks, it is a pleasure to say how very proud we are of the team we call PIFR. We ask a lot of them and they relentlessly seek excellence in delivering what we need. It is a great privilege to serve them as Chief and I look forward to the opportunities we will have to support them in becoming the best they can be in 2016. I have no doubt it will be another amazing year.

Fire Chief Charlie Boyte

 


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