Chief Charlie Boyte's report for October 2016

Michael Boyle

Thanks to your vigilance we have enjoyed a fire safe summer despite long periods of extreme fire conditions. PIFR responded to one roadside fire and attended a few reports of illegal campfires from July through September but, all in all, it was a very successful fire season thanks to you.

However, there has been no shortage of work for our volunteers this year. By Sept. 18th PIFR had responded to 210 calls. That compares to 171 over the same period in 2015, a 23 per cent increase.

Our volunteer responders and staff are committed to “Answering the Call.” This is a slogan you will see often in the coming months. It is part of national strategy to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

Our community does a tremendous job reducing the burden on our volunteers by providing the equipment, training and support they need. As you know “many hands make light work” and our support crew program based on that concept takes a huge load off our volunteers.

Permits are required for all outdoor burning from Oct. 1st to 31st. After that and until April 1st you may burn without a permit in accordance with the bylaw (fires of less than two meters in diameter and one meter high). Please be respectful when burning as smoke can be very harmful to neighbors with breathing difficulties.

Permits will be available online by following the link on the PIFR homepage. If you have an incinerator permit confirm the date is valid; ensure the incinerator is in good condition and the area clear of combustibles. Do not burn garbage or prohibited materials.

We need a dozen new volunteers for a recruit class in 2017, members who can do the strenuous firefighting and rescue work. Join us and challenge yourselves physically and mentally and experience the wonderful feeling that comes from helping those in need.

If you are a potential candidate give Deputy Chief Mike Dine a call at 250-629-3321 or 250-537-0101. PIFR embraces exceptional values and the people on our team have the same demands on their time as you. We have comprehensive, leading-edge training. You do not need to know a thing about firefighting or emergency response to make that call. If you are honest, caring and fit – female or male – we will teach you all you need to know. If you want to see what is involved come to an information session Oct. 15th at our annual open house and fire extinguisher clinic.

October 9th through 15th is Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Don’t wait - check the date.” Smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years. We will be performing free fire extinguisher inspections and will have some safety displays, hall tours and information sessions at Fire Hall #1 across from the Community Hall. We will also be providing updates and tours to showcase the investment you have made in the training ground.

Check the ads in the Pender Post for details about Fire Prevention Week and our Halloween event. This year we will sponsor the bonfire and costume parade and serve up hot dogs at the Community Hall. This event is designed to gather our children in a safe location after they have finished “trick or treating.” It is an excellent opportunity for young and old to meet and support the Islands’ little ghosts and goblins. In the 45 years PIFR has been sponsoring this event we have never had a child injury. Join us in support of Pender youth and enjoy a spooktacular event.

Please remember working smoke alarms save lives. Until next month stay safe.

 

Fire Chief Charlie Boyte


Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
Permit is required
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member

Stuart Scholefield

Engineer
Support Crew

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911

Non-Emergency:

250 629-3321

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penderfire.ca

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