1.359 Fire Protection - North Galiano - SGI

The North Galiano Fire Protection and Emergency Response service provides fire protection for the northerly portion of Galiano Island in the Southern Gulf Islands 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:

  1. Requests from the Provincial Ambulance Service for extrication of persons from damaged motor vehicles
  2. Requests for assistance in the extrication of persons from damaged buildings, structures or from situations involving natural hazards
  3. 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.

Authority

In 1990, the CRD Board was requested by the community to hold a referendum to establish a fire protection service covering the northern portion of Galiano Island. The referendum passed and in November 1990 the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No. 1852 which established a local service for the provision of fire protection services called the North Galiano Island Fire Protection and Emergency Response Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 1990. The Establishment Bylaw also provided that the CRD could, for the purpose of providing fire protection services enter into contracts with the North Galiano Community Association or other persons. The service continues to be authorized and administered under CRD Bylaw No. 1852.

Administration

A Commission, made up of six local residents and property owners (including a maximum of one fire department member), and the Southern Gulf Island (SGI) 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".

Funding

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 parcel tax (to cover 50% of any debt servicing costs) and the balance by an annual property value tax levied in the local service area.