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ESTABLISHING A FIRE DEPARTMENT

A recognized fire department should operate as an agency of local government, through a Municipality (city/district/town/village), Regional District or Improvement District.

Definition of a Recognized Fire Department

A recognized fire department is a group of persons formally organized as an authorized service of a municipal or other local government having a sustainable source of funding, which could include taxation, fees for services provided, contracts, permit fees or other reliable sources of revenue which will support the cost of services provided.  A minimum number of trained persons able and equipped to respond with motorized fire fighting apparatus to extinguish fires or to respond to other classes of circumstances which may occur within a designated geographical area.

Requirements/Considerations

Minimum requirements for a department to meet the above proposed definition should include the following:

1.

Organization – Set forth the requirements for organization under the authority of the Municipal Government Act.  It should establish requirements for the establishment of boundaries, provision of funding and for the formal appointment of a fire chief by the involved local government body.

2.

Membership – Establish adequate staffing levels for a recognized fire department.

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Training – Establish minimum training levels including required frequency of training and maintenance of training records.

4.

Fire Fighting Apparatus – Specify apparatus standards and requirements to comply to ULC S515 and reference NFPA or equivalent standards for fire fighter safety.

5.

Fire apparatus equipment – Outline minimum equipment requirements pursuant to ULC S515, and local needs and operating conditions.

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