Chief Charlie Boyte's report for November 2011

Michael Boyle This month I would like to give special thanks to all those who made our summer fire prevention efforts successful again this year.

The Swartz Bay and Farmers’ Market prevention programs were 100 per cent successful in preventing wildfires in the Southern Gulf Islands (SGI) for the fifth year running. Deputy Chief Mike Dine put his exceptional talents to work to direct and coordinate these programs and our committed firefighters worked tirelessly to keep us all safe by getting the messaging out to the public at the ferry terminal and local events.

We are very lucky to have these great people in our community to look after us and I would like to publicly thank them for their exceptional efforts to keep us all safe.

These programs would not be possible without the support of the Pender Island Fire Protection Society Board of Directors and the funding that makes them possible. The SGI Wildfire Prevention program is entirely funded through generous grants. These grants have been provided to protect our safety and the spectacular environment we call home. Special thanks go to the Victoria Foundation, Capital Regional District Director Ken Hancock, the SGI Emergency Program, and BC Ferries for their support, care and generosity.

Fire Prevention Week: The volunteers at Pender Island Fire Rescue are teaming up this month to observe Fire Prevention Week, October 9 to 15. The theme this year is “Protect Your Family From Fire,” a campaign focused on simple preventative measures that can protect all we hold dear from fires. This year’s campaign is all about “an ounce of prevention.”

Even though fewer fire losses are being reported across the nation, it is still a frightening reality that eight Canadians die every week from fires. Most of these fires are preventable and are caused by careless behaviour. That is why it is critical to educate ourselves on the causes of fires and to encourage our friends and families to act now to prevent these tragedies in our homes and community.

The highlight of the week here on Pender will be an Open House and fire extinguisher clinic at Fire Hall #1 on Saturday October 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As in years past, the folks from Sidney Fire Equipment Sales & Service will be here to test and tag fire extinguishers for free. Please post this date on your calendars and bring your home, RV and boat fire extinguishers along to ensure they will work when needed. Sydney Fire Equipment will also have a variety of fire safety products available for sale such as second storey escape ladders, extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The Open House is also a great opportunity to meet our dedicated volunteers, learn about the causes of fires and introduce children and youth to fire prevention information.

Halloween Festivities: On October 31st from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. we will be hosting a Halloween bonfire and costume parade at Fire Hall #1. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served along with goodie bags for all the children. It is a great way to gather the ghosts and goblins together for some fun and provide the children with a safe and secure ending to an evening of trick-or-treating.

In the more than 30 years PIFR has hosted this event we have never had a child injured or a fire started through carelessness. Please join us on the 31st and help us keep our children and our community safe.

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Michael van Bakel

Technical Rescue

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


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