Chief Charlie Boyte's report for September 2016

Michael Boyle

It has been the busiest summer ever for PIFR. Your volunteers have responded to 184 calls for assistance as of Aug. 20. That is a 22 per cent increase over 2015.

Those calls answered by our dedicated volunteers 24/7 include the delivery of fire, rescue, medical, and other public services to families, friends and neighbors without fail.

To recognize that commitment we honour their service with an awards ceremony annually. This year the ceremony was again sponsored by the Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards. Our sincerest of thanks goes out to David Goudge and all the team at Sea Star for their fantastic efforts. It was a fitting and spectacular venue to recognize an exceptional team of volunteers.

The same weekend as our awards ceremony Danny Martin was recognized for 50 years of baseball coaching at an amazing event in Vancouver. Many of our PIFR volunteers went to Vancouver to support Danny and missed receiving their own awards. I think this speaks volumes and it warmed my heart. We will definitely find a time and place to recognize the major awards that we could not present due to their absence.

This year’s awards recognized some exceptional benchmarks in community service. Lieutenant Frazer Schouten was presented the BC Long Service Medal for 25 years of dedication to the fire service and the protection of public safety. And, Captain Michael van Bakel earned the Governor General’s Medal for 20 years of Exemplary Fire Service to Canada but could not be at the ceremony due to Danny Martin’s event. If you see Frazer and Michael please acknowledge their amazing service accomplishments.

Three volunteers reached seven years of service: Marty Evans, Julie Grey and Craig Barber. Five made the five year mark: Pat Haugh, Jon Grelik, Anna Herlitz, Michael Doyle and Paul Sledzinski.

Six new recruits were recognized for finishing basic training: Todd Bulled, Adam Ferguson, Jesse Hunt, Josh Jones, Dan Sarakannas and Kakani Scia Scia. Now they are working towards their NFPA 1001 accredited certificates as Level 2 firefighters.

Jon Grelik received the Chief’s Award for the Greatest Overall Contribution to PIFR by a responding member. Daisy teHennepe was awarded Firefighter of the Year by her peers and also took honours for under 50 in the fire fit challenge. Other fire fit challenge winners were: Lt. Val Smith, Lt. Braedon Bigham and DC Michael Dine. Sandy Johnson won the Community Service and Special Projects award for exceptional effort and dedication in those categories. The not-so-coveted “Driver of the Year” award went to Richard Lamy this year. If you want to hear that story behind the dubious honour you will have to get it from him.

As in years past, Deputy Chief Mike Dine fielded great fire prevention teams at the ferry terminal and farmers markets. They have done an amazing job educating the traveling public and visitors. Special thanks go to all the volunteers who spent long hours on that hot pavement at BC Ferries to keep us safe from wildfires.

If the weather stays hot and dry we will need everyone’s help and vigilance to report fires or smoke immediately through the 911 system. That early call is critical to prevent wildfires.


Fire Chief Charlie Boyte

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Craig Barber

Fire Fighter 2

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


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