A Big Night At The Otter Point Fire Department!
We would have preferred a big celebration but you know…COVID is still happening. So a small presentation with the firefighters watching on Zoom. And still, it is so important to recognize the accomplishments of our firefighters. This evening Shawn Fiset was recognized for his great work and awarded a plaque as Firefighter of the Year for 2020.
Also Captain Ben Patterson was promoted to Assistant Chief Ben Patterson for his great work.
The future of the Otter Point Fire Department is looking very good with these two leaders in place! Congratulations both of you.
THE OTTER POINT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS will be presenting the annual CANDY CANE RUN this year on Saturday, December 12th.
We would like to spread a little Christmas Joy and Cheer throughout Otter Point! Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept food donations this year due to COVID-19 protocols. Santa will come around on a decorated Fire Truck and we will have Candy Canes for the kids. We can gratefully accept cash donations for the Sooke Food Bank if you desire. See the route and times in the picture. The times may go quicker due to no food collection, so be watching for us! Hope to see you Dec. 12th.
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For over 30 years the Otter Point Firefighters have celebrated Halloween by providing a bonfire, hot chocolate, cooking hot dogs, filling candy bags for the kids and putting on a spectacular fireworks show for all to enjoy.
Sadly, with COVID this year, we are forced to cancel our celebrations. With limits to gathering and social distancing requirements it is not possible to continue with our normal celebrations.
We want everyone who celebrates with us to be safe and healthy. If we can conquer COVID this year we will look forward to seeing you all back next year.
Be safe and be happy. We will get through this together.
The Otter Point Fire Protection and Fire Emergency Response Service Commission has a vacant position due to one member moving out of the district. The Commission oversees the budget and the oversees the operations of the Fire Chief. The term of appointment is 2 years and a commission member can stand for re-election at that time. To be eligible for appointment you must be the owner or occupier of real property within Otter Point. If you are interested or would like more information please email email@example.com
October 1st. Open burning is now permitted in Otter Point. All open burning requires a permit. Phone the fire hall (250) 642-6211 between 08:30 and 17:00 Monday to Friday to obtain a permit.
Permits required for Class A Fires. Greater than 2 Meters (6ft.) in diameter.
Premits required for Class B Fires less than 2 Meters (6ft.) in diameter.
Campfires and Incinerators with screens are OK. No permits required.
With the substantial rainfall we have received the fire hazard rating has dropped to LOW and we are expecting more rain. If this trend continues open burning will be permitted in Otter Point starting on October 1st. Remember that All Open Burning requires a Permit in October. Please call the hall Monday – Friday to obtain a permit.
Sept 11, 2020. Wildfires in Washington State are causing Smoky Skies in the southern portion of BC including the Otter Point District.
Click on link for an interactive map of the smoke forecast.
Campfires and now Incinerators with a screen are permitted in Otter Point until the fire hazard rating rises.
No Open Burning of yard waste or debris will be permitted until October at the earliest. https://otterpointfire.bc.ca/burning-regulations/
Know someone in the Otter Point area under 12 years of age who needs help celebrating a birthday. How about a Fire Truck to celebrate with lights and sirens!
Class A, Class B, and Incinerators (Burn Barrels) are Prohibited
Effective Friday, April 17, 2020, Following the recent Provincial Burning Restrictions. All open burning activities will be prohibited throughout the Otter Point Fire District to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, and help reduce the impact of smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:
* Class A open fires; (Burn piles larger than two meters in diameter and one meter in height and any land clearing debris)
* Class B open fires; (Hand piles under two meters or 6 feet in diameter and a maximum height of 1 meter or 3 feet.)
* Resource Management open fires;
* the use of fireworks;
* the use of sky lanterns; and
* the use of Incinerators (burn barrels) or burn cages of any size or description
These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within the Otter Point Fire District.
Contained Campfires are still permitted. Clean, split wood only.
* Campfires shall not exceed 1 meter in diameter and 1 meter in height. All campfires must be contained by a suitable receptacle made of fireproof materials (such as rocks or metal) that completely surround the fire. Fires are to be continuously controlled and supervised by a competent person until the fire is completely extinguished.
Link below for further information on the BC Provincial Burning Restrictions