Chief Charlie Boyte's report for May 2017

Michael Boyle

I have just delivered my report for 2016 to the Pender Islands Fire Protection Society AGM. The meeting was attended by 21 members of the society who were treated to riveting presentations by the president and treasurer and, if I do say so myself, an amazing presentation by the deputy chief and me on our successes last year and our plans moving forward.

Here are a few AGM nuggets. The society president will fill you in on the rest of this meeting next month.

The AGM gave us an opportunity to remember and recognize those who answered their last alarm in 2016 including Gord Souter and Brian Nord. Gord served as president of the society for 15 years and Brian for four as director.

This year, on March 30, Pender's second active fire chief, Max Allan, passed. We recognized Max for his service and also his wife, June, of 67 years for her unwavering support of the fire department. The tradition of community service set by this family is remarkable. Jim Allan and Don Wein (son in law) served on the fire department. Todd Bulled (grandson in law) carries on that tradition today as a firefighter for PIFR. I expect we may see some of great grandchildren soon. We send our sincerest condolences to all Max’s family.

We had an opportunity to recognize the exceptional contribution of our retiring Treasurer Ed Lye who gave us 14 years of professional financial advice and built a solid financial backbone for our organization. We will miss him but know we are in good hands with Art Curtis who is taking over.

The most exciting news was of the $370,000 grant to complete our live fire training building. That means the entire project will be funded from grants and generous community donations. Major grants came from the Province of BC, The Conconi Foundation, The Victoria Foundation and Farm Credit Canada. The treasurer reported that more than $600,000 in donations and grants was raised and when volunteer labour is factored in that number could exceed $750,000. That is amazing support for our volunteers and our fire rescue service.

To date we have answered 84 calls for emergency service compared to 49 over the same period in 2016, a 71 per cent increase. Hopefully this trend will not continue. Be careful out there folks.

It seems the wet weather is taking its toll this spring but predictions are for a very hot and dry summer so you may want to get your rain barrels full and make sure you keep vegetation trimmed away from your homes. The province is expecting an active fire season and if your home is fire smart there is a much better chance it will survive.

Please remember permits are now required for all outdoor burning. Follow the regulations stated on the permit to avoid escaped fires and/or tickets. Watch for changes in the weather and be respectful of neighbors when burning by limiting their exposure to your smoke.

Remember you must have a working smoke alarm in any room or area where people may be sleeping including guest cabins, spare bedrooms and dens with pullouts. Check you alarms regularly. Smoke alarms saved two lives in a recent house fire and if they work they will keep you safe as well.

Until next month, stay safe.


Fire Chief Charlie Boyte

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Jason Atkinson

Vehicle Extraction
Technical Rescue

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


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