The Pender Islands Fire Protection Society (PIRFS) is the link between our community and Pender Island Fire Rescue (PIFR) who are our firefighters, rescue and medical first responders that we depend on in an emergency. The Society responds to the needs of our community by investing in the training, education and equipment needed to keep us and our environment safe. The Society Board is responsible for establishing policies for fiscal management, service levels and governance of the fire and rescue service.
The Annual General Meeting is your opportunity to provide input and to vote to elect members to the Board. Membership is open to all property owners and residents. The membership fee is $2.00 annually. At this year’s meeting, two members will be elected to the Board of Directors of the Society. At least one of those elected must be a resident of South Pender Island.
Pender Island Fire Rescue provides an essential service to our community, largely through volunteer effort. Please come out to the AGM and show your support for these dedicated members of our community.
Please call President Gordon Souter at 250-629-6120 if you would like more information.
to read the letter from the PIFPS pleaseclick here or on the link on the right
Office of the Fire Commissioner
Effective: October 14, 2014
Effective this date the “Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook” is established as the new Minimum Fire Training Standard for the Province of British Columbia, pursuant to section 3 of the Fire Services Act. This replaces the training standard that was previously established on January 1, 2003.
This new standard sets out the requirements to be met based upon the service level identified by the Authority Having Jurisdiction for the provision of fire services in each community. The standard references competencies drawn from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.
Fire departments and AHJ’s should refer to the “Playbook” to determine the specific requirements for their community. Questions and clarifications can be directed to the Office of the Fire Commissioner and/or the B.C. Fire Training Officers Association for assistance.
The “Playbook” is intended to be a ‘living document’ that will be reviewed and updated periodically. Input or suggestions from the fire service and AHJ’s is welcome. In addition, frequently asked questions will also be addressed in a “Question & Answer” type document that will be posted on the OFC website. www.embc.gov.bc.ca/ofc/
Province of British Columbia
The new standard ties the level of service that can be delivered in any community with firefighter levels of training and is designed to prevent firefighter deaths and injuries. The implementation of the standard is supported by the Fire Chief’s Association of BC and the Fire Training Officers Association of BC.
You can view the entire text of the document at: www.embc.gov.bc.ca/ofc/pdf/playbook.pdf
PIFR would like to express our sincerest of thanks to all the members of our amazing community for your ongoing support and generosity in giving to the training ground project. Thanks to the Conconi Foundation and NU to Yu that so generously supported this project with $110,000 and $25,000 respectively. More than $210,000 was raised to complete Phase 2 of the project.
A new law requiring all older buildings and homes to have working smoke alarms went into effect Saturday, May 2, across B.C.
The changes to the B.C. Fire Code mean every private dwelling, hotel and motel room built before 1979 must have a smoke alarm.
The B.C. government says battery-operated smoke alarms are allowed in these older buildings where putting in hard-wired electrical devices might prove too difficult or expensive.
The Ministry of Public Safety states that some battery-operated smoke alarms may be less reliable than alarms that have been hard wired to a building's electrical system because they require occupant maintenance and are more easily disabled intentionally or inadvertently.
However, the significant cost of installing smoke alarms integrated with a building's electrical system is likely to discourage their installation in older buildings.
Pender residents who can't afford to equipment their dwellings with battery-operated smoke detectors can get one free at Hall #1.
Any building built after 1979 in the province already needs to have smoke alarms, and municipal bylaws in most areas govern their installation and maintenance.
Homeowners should test smoke alarms regularly and check when they were made. A smoke alarm more than 10 years old should be replaced.
Courses are being run at Fire Hall #1 by registration only. For more information please contact Deputy Chief Mike Dine.
As your neighbour here on Pender, we’d like to help you ensure that your residence is as Fire-Safe as possible. To see a check list to use in assessing your home please go to:
The BC Safety Authority has dubbed our very own Deputy Chief Dine a Safety Super Hero! Following is a quote from the award presentation:
“ Dine has developed a leading volunteer fire fighter training program that is recognized as a model for volunteer departments across BC... Dine does all of this and more as a volunteer because of his passions for safety and giving back to the community.”
BC Safety Authority
We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional leading our training and fire prevention teams. His work developing our training program has been recognized by the Fire Commissioner of BC as a model for fire departments across the Province. His passion for fire prevention serves us all. Most importantly that work ultimately keeps us and our volunteers safe. Training is the key to keeping our volunteers safe in their efforts to protect our safety, homes and property.
Congratulations from all the gang at PIFR!
October 4, 2011
Pender Island Fire Rescue (PIFR) Chief Charlie Boyte has been named “Canada’s Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year” by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
Association President, Hamilton Fire Chief Rob Simonds, praised Boyte’s strong commitment to training that has resulted in all responding firefighters at PIFR being certified at levels often associated with full-time fire departments.
There are 3,200 volunteer fire departments across Canada that comprise of 91 per cent of all departments and 77 per cent of all fire fighting personnel.
The national president also noted that “Fire Chief Boyte’s innovative job sharing program has seen the recruitment of dozens of Pender Island citizens as non-firefighter volunteers.”
The result has been a dramatic increase in community support and a 30 per cent reduction in suppression firefighters’ time in performing non-responder duties, Fire Chief Simonds said.
Chief Boyte said: “I have been given a great opportunity to nurture a culture in the fire service that honours service to people as we safeguard our communities.
“There is a lot of work to do across this nation to ensure our families and communities are secure. This is especially true in rural areas where countless committed fire chiefs are struggling to maintain high standards with stretched resources.”
PIFR is also pleased to report that Deputy Chief Mike Dine has received the BC Lieutenant Governor's Public Safety Award which acknowledges "those who are dedicated to making our province a safer place to work, live and play."