Chief Charlie Boyte's report for November 2011

Michael Boyle

Pender Island Fire Rescue needs some fresh troops … men and women out there on the front line of community service.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dine is looking for six new fire fighters to start training in January. If you are fit, motivated, honest and caring we will teach you the skills you need to provide emergency services.

Fire fighter training encompasses such categories as: structural fires, vehicle fires, vehicle extrication, wild fires, hazardous materials, searches and rope rescues. Training is certified and meets the highest provincial and national standards.

Young or older, male or female … it doesn’t matter. There are fit people on the Penders who can help but may not realize how challenging and fun it is to do the training. If you are up to the challenge or know someone who is, call Deputy Chief Dine at 250-629-332.

Our volunteers continue to amaze me with their dedication to service and their commitment to training to the highest levels. It is comforting to be assured that when you call 911they will show up and know what to do. As of October 20 they had answered 147 calls this year. That security is their gift to the community. So, when you see one of them let them know you appreciate their help.

It’s fall again and burning season is in full swing. By the time this article comes out permits will not be required for outdoor burning with the exception of large “Class A” fires (over two meters in diameter and one meter in height and fires that are machine piled) that require a permit year round.

Please remember to review the regulations in the CRD bylaw when burning to ensure your safety and avoid fines for illegal fires. The regulations are available on this web site.

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Finally, I’d like to recognize others at the fire hall that keep our services top notch: Deputy Chief Dine who has received the Lieutenant Governor’s Individual Award for Exceptional Contribution to Public Safety; Captain Adrian Hanson for his exceptional work in support of training and maintaining our fire halls and equipment; Pearl Nowak for keeping the books straight; and, Debbie French our organizer extraordinaire.

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone for their care, cards and kind words on my Mother’s passing. Thank you all so much! It is great to live in such a caring and loving community.

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Michael Dine

Deputy Chief
Technical Rescue

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


250 629-3321


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