Chief Charlie Boyte's report for December 2010

Michael Boyle

With the holiday season upon us I want to take this opportunity to share some seasonal fire prevention tips.

If there is one sure way to take the Ho-Ho out of holiday it is to stuff your fireplace full of discarded Christmas wrapping. Our volunteers have been called away from their Christmas festivities several times to fight chimney or house fires started from this dangerous practice.

Cooking, entertaining and excited children don’t mix. Kitchen collisions can result in serious burns and scarring. Please ensure your bubbling pots are well back on the stove and make sure the kitchen is not part of the kids’ race track.

And, please spare some time to ensure the family is up to speed on Christmas tree safety. Position those trees well away from heaters. Make sure they are well watered because they are extremely flammable when dry. Never leave lights on unattended. Extension cords must be checked and in good repair – often these overheat. On this website Home Page click “WHAT’S NEW / ” section to find these and more tips for a safe holiday season.

In November, PIFR again hosted the annual Halloween bon fire and costume parade. Every year on this night hundreds of children across the country are injured and there is also a significant increase in structure fires due to vandalism and carless use of fireworks. However, in the 40-year history of this event we have not had a child injury on the Penders on Halloween night. This event is designed to collect our little ghosts and goblins in a safe location, away from traffic and allow them have fun together by the crackling fire.

As special thanks goes out to our Halloween sponsors: First all the members of PIFR for their time and help, Tru Value Foods for the buns, PAC for the candy and goodie bags, the Lions Club for its culinary skills, Pender Reality for decorations and Dockside Realty for the hot dogs.

This month we will be assisting the food bank with a drive on December 11th in front of Tru Value Foods at the Driftwood Center. Firefighters will be collecting food and donations from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. and look forward to your help to ensure our neighbours in need are looked after over the holiday season.

We would like to thank the Pender Island Fire Protection Society and especially the Board of Directors for all they do to keep our community safe. They are the unsung heroes of the organization. We sincerely thank them and their families for their time, guidance and support, and wish them a wonderful holiday season.

A special thanks goes out to the wonderful crew that publishes the Pender Post and gives us space each month to get our message out to so many islanders. We feel very fortunate to live and serve in this wonderful community.

Finally, on behalf of all of the dedicated volunteers and staff at Pender Island Fire Rescue, we wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year.  

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Glenn Henderson

Support Crew
Truck Checker

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


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