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Be prepared to support your position on all service related issues in the form of reports.

Understand the roles of elected body (Council or Board) and yourself before taking on the position.

Be accessible.

Be professional.

Remember the public and elected officials are always right (it’s just a matter of how right).

Major Items to be Considered

Major items which must be considered when forming a volunteer fire department are:

1.

Fire Apparatus – must be compatible with water sources

2.

Fire Fighting Equipment – including personal equipment

3.

Fire Station – location and design

4.

Staffing – as many members as possible – a minimum of 15 is recommended

5.

Communication System

- from the public to the fire department

- from the fire department to the fire fighter

- between fire fighters

- between mutual aid agencies

6.

Water Supplies – hydrants, standpipes, lakes, streams and other man made sources, reliability and quantity

7.

Private Property – the ability of a fire department to enter onto private property to extinguish a fire which is endangering surrounding property or buildings

8.

Mutual Aid – legal agreements under Part 2, Division 1, Section 7, Municipal Government Act with adjacent fire departments and Alberta Sustainable Resources

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