Chief Charlie Boyte's report for October 2012

Michael Boyle As of the third week of September we had been in Extreme Fire conditions for almost a full month with no end in sight. When the Fire Hazard is extreme and conditions in the forest are explosive we stay very vigilant around the fire stations and when at home we keep our pagers in earshot constantly. Thankfully our community is attuned to the hazards and we are finding there is much more participation in prevention both in neighborhoods and with visitors as the awareness has increased.

I seem to remember that last year at this time it was pouring rain and everyone was chomping at the bit to burn. Permits are generally available for outdoor burning beginning Oct. 1. Given the current conditions, however, the burning closure may be extended for a significant period of time. You can find current information on conditions and regulations here on the website

Fire Prevention Week: The volunteers at Pender Island Fire Rescue are teaming up this month to observe Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 to 13. The theme this year is “have two ways out,” a campaign focused on saving the most precious gift of all … our lives. This year’s campaign is all about getting those we love out of the house when the smoke alarm sounds. 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.

The highlight of the week here on Pender will be an Open House and fire extinguisher clinic at Fire Hall #1 on Saturday Oct. 13 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 and learn more about PIFR and how it delivers services to the community.

Halloween Festivities: On Oct. 31from 7:30 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 vandalism or carless use of fireworks. Please join us on the 31st and help us keep our children and our community safe.

Until next month - stay safe.

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Charles Boyte

Fire Chief

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


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