Chief Charlie Boyte's report for December 2015

Michael Boyle

The concept of "Volunteers Serving Community" continues to thrive at Pender Island Fire Rescue.

By mid-November we had attended 221 emergencies this year. At all hours of the day and night our volunteers provided professional service with care and compassion. Those calls included fires, vehicle accidents, lifesaving rescues and medical interventions. They even included the rescue of a family pet from a very dangerous cliff.

We experienced one of the driest, hottest summers on record. Major wildfires raged in BC yet we had zero human caused fires here. That was the result our comprehensive public education campaign and a community that was well-educated and aware.

PIFR effectiveness is the result of tremendous effort behind the scenes. Volunteers logged more than 19,200 hours in 2014 to train, respond to emergencies and keep the organization and equipment functioning properly. And, 2015 has been even busier.

We need help to carry that load. If you are industrious, caring and physically fit, we would like you to consider dedicating six months of your Saturday activities to study and physically challenging training. Then we give you a pager so you can help as your time permits. Over the next year and a half you serve your community, become accredited to the internationally recognized NFPA 1001 firefighter standard or pursue a training stream that suits your interests. If you are up to the challenge call us at 250-629-3321 or click on the "Helping PIFR" icon on the left side of our website home page.

Winter is on our doorstep and with that comes wind and rain. Please stay clear of downed hydro lines. Never assume they are safe to approach. A stark reminder of this hazard is a young woman in Chilliwack who lost both her arms in a hydro line incident.

As you scurry to prepare for the festive season, take a little extra time to check for household fire hazards before rushing off to the ferry. Unattended electric heaters, wood stoves, candles, clothes dryers, stoves, and portable appliances are leading causes of house fires. Good safety tips can be found at There are some great short videos for adults and youngsters.

Our sincere thanks also goes to the Pender Island Fire Protection Society and its board for all they do to keep our community safe. They give their time, guidance, support and wisdom freely, and we wish them all a wonderful holiday season and exceptional 2016.

On behalf of all of the dedicated volunteers and staff and the society board at Pender Island Fire Rescue, we thank you for your support and wish you a happy and safe holiday season and all the best for 2016. To the Pender Post team: Thank you for getting our message out to so many islanders.

Fire Chief Charlie Boyte

Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply


Julie Gray

First Responder

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


250 629-3321


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