Deputy Chief Mike Dine's Report for May 2012

Michael Boyle

Thank you Pender Island! With the overwhelming generosity of our community we have managed to raise more than we asked for to upgrade our Live Fire and Technical Rescue Training Facility.

The Robert L Conconi Foundation pledged a grant of $25,000 and generously offered another $75,000 to match donations received from residents and property owners on the Southern Gulf Islands.

As of September 15th Pender Island has given more than $87,000 including $25,000 from our own 'Nu to Yu.' With the foundation's initial $25,000 grant and its matching funding that comes to $187,000. Simply amazing! We are excited to start work on Phase Two of the Training Facility.

Training is a challenge for a volunteer force like ours because there is no difference between the level of training needed by a volunteer firefighter and a career firefighter working in a large municipality. In fact, our volunteers do not have the call volume experienced by a large urban department and must spend even more time training.

This past month training consisted of certifying four new first responders, firefighting skills maintenance, auto extrication drills, structural collapse skills, and first responder respiratory emergency training.

In August Pender Fire attended 12 medical calls, four public assists, one motor vehicle accident, one ambulance assist, one gas leak and six fire bylaw enforcement calls. In the first half of September we attended five medical calls, three fire bylaw enforcement calls and one public assist call. As of September 15th total calls year to date were 165.

The Swartz Bay BC Ferries terminal fire prevention program has drawn to an end and was once again this year the education campaign was a success. Our crews reached more than 2,000 visitors to the Southern Gulf Islands with messages of fire safety and prevention. Potentially, many lives were saved! "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Tips from your fire department: When you call for help we come as fast as we can but if we cannot find you or we cannot get down your driveway we will be delayed in helping you. Please make sure your address is visible from the road and your driveway is accessible with our fire trucks

And remember: Working smoke alarms save lives.

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Greg Lucas

Fire Fighter 1

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For any Emergency:

call 911


250 629-3321


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