Chief Charlie Boyte's report for April 2010

Michael Boyle

Braedon Bigham, 19, is the youngest fire fighter to ever receive our fire department’s biggest honour, the respect of his peers, as he has been voted Responder of the Year.

This generational milestone was celebrated at our annual awards banquet March 26th at Poet’s Cove Resort. Braedon – a heavy equipment operator in his “other life” -- is a dedicated young man in a big man’s body who first joined the department as a cadet when he was 15. Even though he is young in years, he has emerged as a role model for all of us. His respect and enthusiasm for our goal of community service is second to none and that is why his fellow volunteers picked him for this honour.

When the department’s volunteers are deciding who merits this award they consider a variety of character strengths including attitude, compassion, knowledge and sincerity. This year Braedon joined an exclusive club, the best and the brightest who have signed on to protect the community they love.

Also at the awards event, Pender Islands Fire Protection Society Vice-President Tony Johnston presented Captain Adrian Hanson with the Governor General’s Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal. Hanson joined the department when he was a teenager.

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal recognizes Canadian fire fighters who have completed 20 years of service, 10 years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks. Johnson said Hanson’s “exemplary service has been characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.”

For the record, I should report that I was most honoured to receive the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. I share this designation with about 60 of Canada’s more than 3,000 fire chiefs.

There were several other awards handed out at Poet’s Cove including:

More than 20 other volunteers were recognized for their levels of physical fitness and years served.

This is the third year Poet’s Cove has hosted the event and I can’t say enough about their service and hospitality. They know our resources are limited and they bend over backwards to make our annual event first class. They are good corporate citizens and great neighbours.


Burning permits are now required for any and all outdoor burning. This year we have introduced a new method of obtaining your permits as efficiently as possible. This website allows you to apply for permits and pay online.

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Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Rebecca Eagen

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