- This should be done as a joint exercise between the organizing committee and the local government jurisdiction being asked to take on the service.
- This generally takes the form of a Fire Protection Survey. Assistance can be obtained from the Fire Commissioner’s Office.
Obtain the necessary “approvals”.
- The following approvals will be necessary in order for the fire protection service to become a reality:
a. Elector approval
- those expected to benefit and pay
b. Local Government
- Municipal Council or Regional District/Improvement District Board
Put the service in operation.
Once the fire protection service has been established as a local government responsibility, the respective elected bodies will be required to pass or adopt a bylaw for the establishment, organization and regulation of a fire department within their jurisdiction as required by the Municipal Government Act.
A sample bylaw has been included as Appendix 1.
The following should be taken into consideration when considering a bylaw:
The existing size of your community
The anticipated size of your community 5 –10 years down the road
The type of industrial and commercial occupancy – sawmill, bulk plants, airports, etc.
Elected Local Officials – Fire Chief Relations
Modern day Councils and Boards (Regional district or Improvement District) as a result of public pressure over increasing taxes and debt, are becoming increasingly more interested in the specifics of service operations (including fire protection).