"Our mission is to save lives, to protect property and our environment and to serve our community."

The evolution of Pender Island Fire Rescue (PIFR) is a reflection of the growth of the North and South Pender Islands. Over the past three decades our Gulf Island community has become more populated and the demands on our infrastructure more complex.

Twenty-five years ago PIFR consisted of one fire hall and one Van and one Fire Truck. . We had about two calls per month. At most, there was one major fire a year and we managed burning regulations.

Today, PIFR consists of three halls situated to optimize call times and maximize homeowner insurance benefits. And, there are nine emergency response vehicles including three fire engines, one tender (1600 gallon tanker truck) three rescues, one command vehicle and one prevention truck.

Now, we have about 300 calls per year of which 2 or 3 are major fires. Last year we were also called to four chimney fires, two vehicle fires and another twelve vehicle accidents. We also responded to 19 burn complaints, 2 chemical spills, 1 gas leak, over 70 hydro line incidents, 88 first response medical emergencies, 22 calls to assist BC ambulance, and the list goes on.

In an increasingly complex environment, PIFR has evolved to sustain its highly efficient community-based service by recruiting a much broader spectrum of volunteers ... men and women, from all walks of life, teens to seniors, working together and embracing change.

We take pride in the promise that when you need help someone will come who knows what to do.

In order to better deliver on our commitment of service to the community we have grown our force of fire fighters, first responders and support volunteers substantially over the past four years. Today we have 36 active fire fighters and first responders and 48 support crew compared to just 18 active responders and 12 support crew in 2006.

We have come to understand that the best way to make a volunteer force sustainable is to build it on a values-based foundation. Best of all, now we are able to provide a broader range of services to our community. And, we are doing it with a renewed sense of purpose, pride and honour.

Forest Fire Threat Level

No open burning



Kalani Scia Scia

Fire Fighter 2
Technical Rescue

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911


250 629-3321


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