1.350 Fire Protection - Willis Point - JDF
The Willis Point Fire Protection and Emergency Response service provides fire protection for the Willis Point portion of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. The service provided (always in situations where the Fire Chief determines there are sufficient personnel and equipment resources available) includes fire suppression, and assistance in response to:
- Requests from the Provincial Ambulance Service for extrication of persons from damaged motor vehicles
- Requests for assistance in the extrication of persons from damaged buildings, structures or from situations involving natural hazards
- Emergencies where police or ambulance personnel are unavailable or are unable to respond adequately and the equipment and personnel of the department is required to respond to the situation.
In 1975, the CRD Board was requested by the community to hold a referendum to construct a fire hall-community centre and provide fire protection services, recreational facilities and programs at the Willis Point portion of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. The referendum passed and in November 1975, the CRD Board adopted a bylaw called the Willis Point Specified Area Establishment and Loan Authorization which established a service for the provision of fire protection and recreational facilities. The service is currently authorized and administered under the CRD Bylaw No. 1951 Willis Point Fire Protection, Emergency Response and Recreation Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 1991.
A Commission, made up of seven local residents and property owners (including a maximum of one fire department member) and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Director exercises administrative powers regarding the development, maintenance and operation of a volunteer fire department, which must conform to CRD policy or governance regulation. CRD Protective Services coordinates with the Commission.
The Commission appoints a Fire Chief, who must also be appointed as a local assistant by the Fire Commissioner. The Fire Chief appoints the members of the Volunteer Fire Department and operates the department subject to the provisions of the Fire Services Act and CRD Fire Regulation Bylaw No. 3452. The Fire Chief has delegated authority to enter into agreements required by the Ministry of Forests under its Operating Guidelines for Wildfire Suppression with Local Governments and the Provincial Emergency Program for Road Rescue.
Note: The Commission also administers the local community hall and recreational programming therein.
The Commission submits to the CRD a provisional five year operating and capital budget which is established through an annual CRD Financial Planning process, and is funded by an annual property value tax levied in the local service area.