1.358 Fire Protection - Port Renfrew - JDF
The Port Renfrew Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service provides fire protection for the Port Renfrew 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 the early 1920s, the logging camps were built in Port Renfrew and eventually the town evolved, with the logging company providing fire protection in the community. By the 1980s, the logging industry was changing and the company wished to turn the fire service over to the community. In 1989, the CRD Board was requested, by petition from the property owners, to establish a fire protection service covering the area of the private fire department owned by the lumber company. That same year, the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No. 1743 which established a service to operate a fire prevention and suppression and the provision of assistance in response to automobile and industrial accidents that may cause harm to persons or their property, called the Port Renfrew Fire Protection Local Service. In May 1990, the Fire Department assets were transferred to the CRD and the CRD Board commenced operation thereof. The Service continues to be authorized and administered under CRD Bylaw No. 1743.
A Commission of seven individuals (of which a maximum of two may be fire department members) is made up as follows: three real property owners, three local residents or property owners (one of which shall represent the Pacheedaht First Nation) and the JDF Electoral Area Director. The Commission exercises administrative powers regarding the development, maintenance and operation of a volunteer fire department. The performance of operational, maintenance and regulatory functions of the service must conform to CRD policy or governance regulation. CRD Protective Services coordinates with the Commission.
The Commission appoints a Fire Chief, who is appointed as a local assistant by the Fire Commissioner prior to his/her confirmation as Fire Chief. The Fire Chief appoints the members of the Volunteer Fire Department and controls and regulates the Volunteer Fire 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 is also the Commission for Solid Waste Removal and Disposal and the operation of the community use facilities.
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 a fee from the Pacheedaht First Nation and the remainder by: 50% by annual parcel taxes and 50% by an annual property value tax levied in the local service area.