City’s current Master Fire Plan was approved by Council in October 2017.
Council also approved the creation of a Master Fire Plan Review and
Implementation Committee. The purpose of this committee is to review the
plan on an annual basis and make recommendations to Council.
Master Plan approved by Council in October 2017 included the following
recommendations for 2020:
of one Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC). The Master Fire
Plan Review and Implementation Committee at its meeting of July 10, 2018
suggested that this position is a priority and needs to be moved up to 2018,
which will cause other positions to move down one year. In 2019, the City
hired on contract a CEMC position. This contract position is included in
the 2020 operating budget.
one Full-time dedicated Public Educator for the Fire Prevention Division.
The Master Fire Plan Review and Implementation Committee at its meeting of June
25, 2019 recommended that it is more prudent to hire another Fire Inspector
that can conduct inspections, investigations and education. This position
was not able to be accommodated in the 2020 draft operating budget. This
position has been included in the 2020 unaccommodated list for new staff
maintain the current Fleet Vehicle Replacement Schedule. There are five
equipment replacements included in the 2020 draft operating budget. They
· THREE (3)
DODGE CALIBER SX (REPLACE UNITS #032, #033 & #037) - $105,000
· ONE (1)
FORD RANGER PICKUP TRUCK (REPLACE UNIT #FF-035-09) - $35,000
FREIGHTLINER FL80 PUMP/TANKER (REPLACE UNIT #019) - $790,455
maintain current building replacement schedule as defined in the corporate
asset management replacement program with priority given to renovations to
Station 1 which would allow for the relocation of one aerial.
In the 2020
draft operating budget there is $50,000 included for a feasibility study for
Fire Stations upgrade and renewal. In 2020 EFES will undertake a detailed
study that will more clearly determine costs and the highest priority work,
considering different scenarios. This work is necessary to begin
implementation of infrastructure replacement identified in the master plan, so
as to optimize the level of service delivered from future spending.
this work is completed the fire station funding requirements will be adjusted,
to reflect updated project costs and timing.
2020 budget and 4 year forecast includes the following high level
requirements for Fire Hall replacements.
2020 Budget includes within its forecast and unfunded projects the following
amounts for Fire Hall replacements:
unfunded priority list also includes $7.97 million which includes high level
estimates for the completion of Fire halls 1, 2 and 3. The current
estimates for fire hall replacement included in the 2021-2024 forecast and the
unfunded list is almost $18 million.
to federal and provincial regulations, changes to the 911 systems become
effective June 1, 2020 - these regulations include the ability to text and video
conference. These changes require the City to upgrade its call handling
software in the Fire Services in Communication Centres tied to PBX. The
regulations also include the upgrade of its recording software and CAD
(dispatch system). The impact of these changes on the City’s operating
budget in 2020 is $180,000 or 0.19%. Included in this amount is one-time
operating costs of $165,000 and recurring annual maintenance costs of $15,000.
In addition to
the operating budget amounts, there is $180,000 included in the 2020 approved
capital for the Next Generation 911 implementation for capital component to ensure
the City is compliant.
for the 911 system has a large cost impact on the City’s 2020 budgets, which
limited the budget dollars available for other items.