Chief Charlie Boyte's report for April 2018


Our Pender Island Fire Rescue volunteers have been busy responding to 44 calls for service as of March 16 this year. Calls included a large structure fire, a vehicle fire, medical emergencies, rescue from equipment and a variety of others.

May 2 is the annual general meeting of the Pender Island Fire Protection Society (PIFPS). Please mark that date on your calendar and plan to attend. Membership is open to all persons that own property or are domiciled on the Penders. Membership allows you to vote and shape the future of your fire and rescue services. Please look for the PIFPS article in this issue of the Pender Post.

In March we sent the following report to the Office of the Fire Commissioner of BC regarding the $370,000 grant provided by the Province for our Live Fire Training Facility:

“Pender Island Fire Rescue and the Pender Island community recognize, and are very grateful for, the generous and innovative support of the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Emergency Management British Columbia.

“The project has been completed as proposed, and the funds provided have been fully utilized as intended, with 100 per cent of the spending with a British Columbia owned and based supplier. The completed structure is being effectively and aggressively utilized to deliver improved community service quality, responder safety and volunteer retention. In a phrase – Thank you for your help; we’ve used the funding as planned; your support is delivering results. Those results will serve the Penders’ residents and visitors long into the future.”

We were able to complete this project because of the support we enjoyed from this amazing community, our Board of Directors, the volunteer fundraisers and all others who stepped up to help. And, we should all be grateful for the vision, work and perseverance of Deputy Chief Mike Dine, Captain Adrian Hanson, Lieutenant Sandy Johnson, and all others who put their souls into this project over the many years it took to bring it to fruition. Ultimately, we must be forever grateful for all our dedicated PIFR responders and their commitment to excellence in service delivery. That commitment provided the heart and incentive to overcome all obstacles and drive the project to completion.

Beginning April 1st, fire permits are required for all outdoor burning. Permits are available on this website and most workdays at Fire Hall #1 by the RCMP station. The 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. If online purchases are not realistic for you, we will be happy to fill out the permit for you at Fire Hall #1 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you purchase your permit on-line, print a copy or store it on your personal device so you have it available to show at all times when burning. Tickets for infractions can be issued by a variety of enforcement agencies. You must be able to show a valid permit if requested. Remember, you are responsible and accountable for any fire you light including any damages from an escaped fire.

Please burn responsibly and respect your neighbours’ health and welfare. Smoke can be deadly to people with breathing issues or other health problems. A friendly talk across the fence can eliminate a health emergency or a complaint driven response by the fire department.

The change to Daylight Saving Time means it is time to replace smoke alarm batteries. Residences, summer homes and cabins must have working smoke alarms in areas with sleeping accommodations. It is the law. Please make sure they are installed as necessary and less than 10 years old.

Don’t wait, check those smoke alarms today and stay safe.


Fire Chief Charlie Boyte

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Jesse Hunt

Fire Fighter 1

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


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