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- 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.

2.

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

3.

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:

1.

The existing size of your community

2.

The anticipated size of your community 5 –10 years down the road

3.

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).

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