Personal Protection – compensation for the fire fighters in the event of an accident
Geographical Boundaries – what areas will be included in the fire protection area; - mutual aid areas; - areas where fire protection will be required in the future.
Population data – the total population now, projected population in 5 years and seasonal variations
Physical data – the road system, topography, weather conditions,
Land use – total area, urban, rural, residential, wild land, grasslands, commercial, industrial, agricultural
Legal considerations – Workers’ Compensation Board requirements and indemnification of local government and fire department members
Funding – Long term capital planning in place to ensure the resources are available to finance future capital improvements and to fund the day to day operations of the department.
A basic, systematic approach should result in determining the answers to the following questions (Master Planning):
What are the real fire problems?
Do people know how to behave in fires?
Do we have “high risk” groups of people in the area?
What kind of fires have occurred, and what losses have resulted from these fires?
What specific fire risks now exist or are expected to exist in the foreseeable future?
Is there an increase or decrease in the population?
What is the present economic make-up?
What are the future growth projections, land use and zoning plans?
What is the condition of housing?