1.357 Fire Protection - East Sooke - JDF
The East Sooke Fire Protection and Emergency Response service provides fire protection for the East Sooke portion of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. The Service also provides fire protection, under contract, to the Silver Spray area of the District of Sooke. 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 July 1985, the East Sooke Volunteer Fire Improvement District (District) began providing fire protection in the East Sooke area of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. In 2006, the District requested the CRD Board, and the Province of BC, to establish a Fire Protection Service to assume the assets and responsibilities of the District. In November of that year, the Province approved Order in Council 806 which dissolved the District and transferred the assets, liabilities and bylaws of the District to the CRD. In January 2007, the CRD board adopted Bylaw No. 3390, called the East Sooke Fire Protection Local and Emergency Response Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 2006. The service continues to be authorized and administered under the CRD Bylaw No. 3390.
A Commission, made up of eight 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".
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.