Chief Charlie Boyte's report for April 2015

Michael Boyle

Your volunteers had responded to 26 emergency calls as of March 18th. This compares to 41 over the same period in 2014. The reduction in calls is largely due to weather related events. The fair weather we have enjoyed early in the year has reduced traffic and hydro related calls and hopefully this trend will continue.

As most of you know, as of April 1st permits are required for all outdoor burning. This is a requirement under the CRD bylaws.

Our web-based method of obtaining your fire permits has been highly effective in making the permit system accessible to both permanent and part time residents. On our end it reduces staff time and allows us to track and check the validity of issued permits from any computer or our cell phones.

This website allows you to apply for a fire permit and pay online simply by clicking on “Fire Permits” in the navigation bar on the right side of the screen. You can also review the Burning Regulations through the tab on that page. If this online process does not suit you, just drop by Fire Hall #1 to apply in person and get an update on current regulations and conditions. The administration office is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you purchase your permit online please remember to print a copy and have it available when burning. Enforcement of the burning regulations is generally complaint driven. Tickets for infractions can be issued by Environment BC, regional district bylaw officers, the RCMP and designated fire department officers.

Please burn responsibly and respect your neighbours. Smoke can be deadly to people with compromised lung functions or other health problems. A little talk across the fence can eliminate a health emergency or a complaint driven response by the fire department.

The early warm weather this year will certainly result in a proliferation in the growth and volume of fire fuels (underbrush and grass). Long range forecasts indicate we will be facing a hot, dry summer and when these fuels start to dry out they allow fires to start and spread quickly. Please remember to follow the conditions stated on your permit for all outdoor burning and keep an eye on the website and road signs for notifications of changing fire conditions.

We are recruiting firefighters to begin training in January 2016. This is an excellent opportunity to keep in shape, meet some great people, have some fun and look after your families and neighbours. Following is what we ask of you: 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.

Contact Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dine if you are thinking about joining the team. Our ability to sustaining local fire and emergency response services depends on community participation. Please feel free stop by Hall #1, 4423 Bedwell Harbour Road anytime to learn more. You can call us at 250-629-3321, or click on the "HELPING PIFR" icon on the left side of the website home page.

The Pender Islands Fire Protection Society AGM was held March 18th. Many thanks to all that attended. I will provide a summary of my report to that meeting in next month’s Pender Post report.

Until then stay safe and remember to test your smoke alarms regularly. A quick push on that little test button might just save your live.

Fire Chief Charlie Boyte

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Adrian Hanson

Technical Rescue

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


250 629-3321


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