1.356 Fire Protection - Penders - SGI
The Pender Islands Fire Protection and Emergency Response service provides fire protection for North and South Pender Islands. The service provided 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
- And, in situations where the Fire Chief determines that the personnel and equipment resources of the Fire department are capable of responding to the emergency.
In 1970, the CRD was requested by a group of property owners to establish a joint Fire Protection Service for North and South Pender Islands. In December of that year, the CRD Board held a referendum through Bylaw No 65, but the referendum failed. In 1971, the CRD Board was requested to hold a referendum to establish a fire protection service covering North Pender Island. The referendum passed, and in August 1971 the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No. 70 which established a local service for the provision of fire protection services called the North Pender Island Specified Area Establishment Bylaw No. 86, 1971. In 1972 the North Pender Island Fire Protection Society was incorporated.
In 1987, the CRD Board was requested by the community to hold a referendum to establish a fire protection service covering South Pender Island and the South Pender Island Fire Protection Society was established. The referendum passed, and in May 1987 the board adopted Bylaw 1530 which established a local service for the provision of fire protection services called the South Pender Island Fire Protection Specified Area Establishment & Loan Authorization Bylaw No 1, 1987.
The two Fire Protection Services were provided by the CRD under contracts with the two societies. In May 2003, the societies merged their operations and in March 2004, they were amalgamated as the Pender Islands Fire Protection Society. In July 2005, at the request of the amalgamated Society, Bylaw No. 2050 was amended to include both the North and South Pender Islands operations and future capital costs, and was renamed: Pender Islands Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service Bylaw No. 1, 1992. The service continues to be authorized and administered under CRD Bylaw No. 2050.
The service is provided under agreement with the Pender Islands Fire Protection Society. The contract is administered by CRD Protective Services. Under the agreement, the Society provides fire protection services in and for the Local Service Area. One director of the Society Board is a CRD Board nominee.
The Society Board of Directors 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.