We provide internationally recognized NFPA certified training at our expense. Some of our firefighters have advanced on to successful careers as professional firefighters.
We also provide 24/7 accident insurance coverage and a year-end training bonus.
Individuals who volunteer more than 200 hrs per year are eligible for both a federal and a provincial income tax credit of $3,000.
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Thanks to recent rain and cooler temperatures, the Fire Danger rating in Otter Point has dropped to HIGH. As Of Monday, September 13th The Camp Fire fire ban has been lifted in the Otter Point fire district. This will include backyard Incinerators.(Burn barrels)
Please see below for current regulations for Campfires and Incinerators:
Beach and Camp Fires
Beach and camp fires are allowed all year round except during Extreme Fire Hazard periods.
Beach and camp fires shall not exceed 1 meter in diameter and 1 meter in height. All beach and camp fires must be contained by a suitable receptacle made of fire proof materials (such as rocks or metal) that completely surround the fire. Fires are to be continuously controlled and supervised by a competent person until fire is completely extinguished.
Incinerators with a proper screen do not require a permit. Incinerators can be used all year round except during Extreme Fire Hazard periods.
The owner of any incinerator shall:
- maintain the incinerator in a condition that provides for the proper combustion of any material burned;
- ensure that any burning is supervised and that any equipment necessary for fire control is available;
- ensure that the domestic incinerator is located at least:
- (i) 1.5 meters from any grass, shrubbery or wooden fence; and
- (ii) 7.6 meters from any building;
- ensure that the commercial or industrial incinerator is located at least:
- (i) 3 meters from any grass, shrubbery or wooden fence; and
- (ii) 10 meters from any building
Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the province of British Columbia.
The following activities are also prohibited: the use of sky lanterns, fireworks, burn barrels or burn cages, binary exploding targets, tiki and similar kinds of torches, chimineas, air curtain burners, and outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada (ULC) rating.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, receive a penalty of up to $10,000 or be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
Also banned in Otter Point are the use of chain saws, excavators and other high risk activities. A special permit can be issued by the fire department if certain conditions are in place. Call the department at 250-642-6211 for information
All Open Burning is Not permitted effective June 1st, 2021 in Otter Point. This includes all backyard (Class B) Fires and large (Class A) Machine built fires.
Camp Fires OK with clean, split firewood only.
Click the link for further information. https://otterpointfire.bc.ca/burning-regulations/
Chief John McCrea, of the Otter Point Fire Department, has been presented with the British Columbia Fire Service Award, for his 25 years of dedicated service.
In addition to spending many years as the Department’s Training Officer, Chief McCrea is currently serving his second term as Fire Chief. Throughout the years, Chief McCrea has built a high standard training program and aided in the construction of the solid foundation on which the Department operates on. For this reason, the Otter Point Fire Department has a very dedicated and highly skilled volunteer membership.
On behalf of the Otter Point Fire Department, we want to extend our congratulations, and gratitude, to Chief McCrea for his 25 years of dedicated service to our Community.
Thank you John!
Ron Morton was presented with a 30 year bar for Exemplary Service to the Otter Point Fire Department. Ron completed 30 years of service in early 2020 and has now completed 31 years still actively serving as a driver/pump operator. Ron continues to serve the Department and the Training Centre.
Thank You Ron!!
Dave Gollmer was presented a 40 year bar for Exemplary Service to the Otter Point Fire Department. Dave retired from active service in 2020 after 40 years as a firefighter and now serves the Department and the Community as a commission member.
Thank You Dave!
Open Burning is permitted in Otter Point
until May 31st, 2021 as conditions allow.
As of April 1st, 2021 All open burning requires a permit.
Permits can be obtained by calling the Otter Point Fire Department
Monday to Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 250-642-6211.
For information on Burning Bylaw 3452 – Fire Regulation Bylaw No. 1, 2007
Please click on the link: https://otterpointfire.bc.ca/burning-regulations/
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.