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Website of the Saturna Island Fire Protection Society (SIFPS)

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The Society plays a lead role in coordinating volunteer fire fighting, rescue services and emergency preparedness on Saturna Island.

SIFPS coordinates emergency medical services and fire protection services on Saturna Island by supporting a dedicated group of Emergency Medical Technicians and Volunteer Firefighters in their work. We do this as an Incorporated Society representing on behalf the residents and property owners of Saturna Island.

With 45% of the Island under the management of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, we also work closely with the National Park in wildfire management, and on a regional level with the Provincial Emergency Preparedness Program. Saturna's Emergency Services Building #1 houses Parks Canada Wildfire fighting equipment as well as emergency preparedness infrastructure such as the building's radio communications facilities.


Notices and Updates:

SATURNA ISLAND FIRE PROTECTION SOCIETY("SIFPS")

AN EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING WAS HELD

Sunday, January 28, 2018 1:00 pm at RecCentre

SPECIAL RESOLUTION – REVISION OF BYLAW #62

The Board of the Saturna Island Fire Protection Society (SIFPS) is asked members of the Society to approve a change in its Society’s bylaws to allow the Board to enter into a funding agreement with the Capital Regional District (CRD).

Background

In 1993 the CRD established the Bylaw No. 2165 “Saturna Island Fire Protection and Emergency Response Local Services Contribution Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 1993” for the purpose of contributing to the costs incurred in providing fire prevention and suppression and emergency response services on Saturna Island. The bylaw provides that the annual cost of the services shall be recovered by a requisition of monies to be collected by a property value tax on land and improvements on Saturna Island.

CRD has been pursuing an agreement with SIFPS since 2012. CRD’s reason is that under the current structure there was no protection for the Saturna taxpayer. The SIFPS bylaws state that in the event the Society was dissolved the assets would be transferred to a charitable society on Saturna, in BC or in Canada, meaning that, potentially, assets paid for by the Saturna taxpayer could be dispersed to an area outside of Saturna. CRD further argued that the provision of emergency services falls under local government and they are ultimately responsible for ensuring the tax monies are being used for the purpose for which they are intended and that a funding agreement between the parties was a reasonable request.

At the outset, the CRD demanded ownership of all assets purchased with the tax monies on the basis they needed full control to protect the Saturna taxpayer.

SIFPS maintained the necessity for the Society to retain ownership and control of assets to operate the services.

Funding Agreement

After more than a year of negotiations the parties have now reached a tentative agreement.

  1. The parties agreed that a Funding Agreement would be in both parties’ interest to formalize the relationship that has evolved over the past 23 years.
  2. CRD agreed that all existing and future assets will continue to be owned by SIFPS.
  3. SIFPS agreed that upon dissolution of the Society the assets would be transferred to the CRD to provide the services or, with CRD’s written permission, to a Saturna charitable organization to ensure that the assets are protected for the Saturna taxpayer.

To enable the SIFPS Board to sign the agreement, the SIFPS membership present at the meeting must with 2/3 majority approve a change to the Society’s bylaws.

Special Resolution

The Board of SIFPS recommends the passing of the following special resolution, which will be presented at the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Membership on January 28, 2018:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED AS A SPECIAL RESOLUTION THAT THE FOLLOWING CHANGE BE MADE TO THE SATURNA ISLAND FIRE PROTECTION SOCIETY’S BYLAW #62:

IN THE EVENT THAT THE SOCIETY SHOULD AT ANY TIME BE WOUND UP OR DISSOLVED, THE REMAINING ASSETS AFTER PAYMENT OF ALL DEBTS AND LIABILITIES SHALL BE TURNED OVER TO THE CRD TO BE HELD SOLELY FOR THE USE OF PROVIDING FIRE PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES ON SATURNA ISLAND WITHIN SOUTHERN GULF ISLAND ELECTORAL AREA OF THE CRD OR WITH CRD’S WRITTEN CONSENT TO A RECOGNIZED CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION ON SATURNA ISLAND PROVIDED THAT THE ORGANISATION ENTERS INTO AN OPERATING AGREEMENT WITH THE CRD OR IN THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA OR ELSEWHERE IN CANADA. THIS PROVISION WAS PREVIOUSLY UNALTERABLE.


An e-mail providing the agenda for upcoming Board Meetings will be sent to all members of SIFPS 10 days in advance of the meeting date using e-mail addresses on file. If you have not received these e-mails, and wish to receive future e-mail notices from SIFPS, you can be placed on the list using the link below:


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Photo - News Updates

Saturna Island Emergencies - Responses Spring 2014 Photos


 

SIFPS Group Photo - April 2013 - photo by John Wiznuk

click/enlarge - SIFPS group photo by John Wiznuk April 2013

In this web site you will also find information about
  • the governance and funding, including financial statements, of the Society
  • membership information and application form to join the Society
  • volunteering with the Fire Department and Saturna Island Rescue
  • links to fire prevention and emergency preparedness

View page with scenes from 2011 Open House and AGM:
SIFPS - scenes from Open House - click to page

Photos on this site by Judy and Rick Tipple, Patricia Sims, Al Razutis, John Wiznuk, and Ingrid Gaines.
If there is any information that you would like to see provided on this site please contact us at info@sifps.ca


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