Chief Charlie Boyte's report for March 2011

Michael Boyle

Over the past four years Pender Island Fire Rescue has witnessed the incredible personal empowerment, volunteerism and values-building that our Fire/Rescue Youth Camp Program has provided to the youth of our community.

An extremely high percentage of these young people continue to serve their communities and encourage and mentor their peers to do the same. In fact on the Penders six of our current firefighters graduated through this program. Five have gone on to complete internationally recognized and accredited training and serve our community as fully qualified firefighters today. The sixth is away at university but continues to promote the program when away and to serve our community when at home.

This year we will see 12 new youths experience the value of our community services. This is a great success story that opens exciting opportunities. These young people have shown us the road to success in keeping our communities safe in the future. Their enthusiasm and success has inspired us to promote a Fire/Rescue youth camp model for the nation.

We believe that fire department sponsored youth camps delivered consistently to a broad spectrum of youth across Canada will have a significant positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people.

Last year our efforts to realize this goal received a benchmark endorsement. The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, the Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC, First Nations Emergency Services BC, (FNESS) and the Fire Commissioner of BC all endorsed this resolution:

WHEREAS:

Exceptional young people are emerging from fire department youth camp programs across North America with only a few fire departments in Canada participating;

& WHEREAS:

Fire departments that have managed to navigate the complexities of camp delivery appreciate there is no consistent format to follow or financial opportunities to deliver a program to the broadest possible spectrum of youth;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs support Pender Island Fire Rescue in securing existing federal funding for the development of a comprehensive “Fire/Rescue Youth Camp Guide;” and

That the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs supports the Pender Island Fire Rescue proposal to the federal government for sustainable funding and resources to ensure program delivery is available to every fire department in Canada.

Thanks to the support of community volunteers under the guidance of Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dine, our youth have shown us the way to better safeguard communities in the future.

Although we have not seen the leadership required from the Government of Canada to make a national program reality, we do believe it will come. It’s simply the right thing to do for our youth and our communities.


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