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the Cowichan Bay Improvement District

Governing Body for the Cowichan Bay Volunteer Fire Rescue.

Since 1967

The Cowichan Bay Improvement District (CBID) and the Cowichan Bay Volunteer Fire Rescue (CBVFR) are served entirely by volunteers. CBID is focused on providing local fire protection services through the CBVFR, rather than general governance or land use planning. These services are financed by taxation.

CBID is governed by a board of five elected trustees (elected by area property owners) one of whom acts as chair. The powers exercised by the trustees (to enact and enforce its regulations and charges, to assess and collect taxes, to acquire, hold and dispose of assets and to borrow money) flow from the improvement district's bylaws, the Local Government Act and other applicable provincial statutes.

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Community Fire Hall Advisory Select Committee

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The Cowichan Bay Improvement District (“CBID”) Board of Trustees invites interested and enthusiastic residents or property owners to sit on a new Community Fire Hall Advisory Select Committee (the “ASC”). The current Fire Hall was officially opened in 1979 and has served the community for more than 40 years. The ASC will explore Fire Hall renewal options that will meet the communities needs, and those of our fire fighters, now and for years to come.

The CBID is required to provide a Fire Hall that meets legislative requirements including WorkSafe BC workplace requirements, BC Building and Fire Codes and reflect industry best practices like those published by the National Fire Protection Association and other criteria. While the current fire hall has provided excellent service and support to our fire department for over 40 years, it requires significant upgrades to allow its continued and safe use.

Working with technical experts and an appointed facilitator, the ASC will help us explore workable solutions that address our current Fire Hall challenges, then make recommendations to the Board for short and long-term solutions.

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