1.353 Fire Protection - Otter Point - JDF
The Otter Point Fire Protection and Emergency Response service provides fire protection services for the Otter Point area in 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 1979, the CRD Board was requested by the community to hold a referendum to acquire land and equipment, construct a fire hall and provide fire protection service for the Otter Point portion of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. The referendum passed and in November 1979, the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No. 626 called the Otter Point Fire Protection Specified Area Establishment and Loan Authorization Bylaw which established a service for the provision of fire protection. The service is currently authorized and administered under CRD Bylaw No. 2042 Otter Point Fire Protection and Emergency Response Local Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 1992.
A Commission, made up of eight local residents and property owners (including a maximum of one fire department member), and the JDF Electoral Area 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".
The Society 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.