Fire Master Plan outlines future recommendations for Fire Department
The Fire Master Plan for the Orangeville Fire Department contains more than 50 recommendations with respect to the operational and fire protection needs of the Town.
Orangeville Council received the Fire Master Plan, completed by T.L. Powell & Associates in conjunction with Cyril Hare & Associates Inc., at its July 13 meeting. Council has directed staff to report back on priorities and timelines.
The Fire Master Plan addresses the current level of fire protection provided to the residents and businesses of the Town of Orangeville and the rural municipalities that purchase fire protection from the department. The Fire Master Plan will assist the Fire Department in determining the most appropriate delivery model for fire emergency services. The province has gradually downloaded more fire prevention responsibilities to municipalities, and municipalities are under pressure to achieve more with less.
The Fire Master Plan recommends a change in the organization of the department, with the addition of a second deputy fire chief to deal with new mandatory requirements. An additional input clerk position is recommended for consideration.
The staffing of the department is expected to go through some major changes in the not too distant future to deal with the operational emergency demands of the public for the services and the mandatory requirements for fire inspections,” the report states.
The consultants recommend that the Town hire 10 full-time firefighters and an additional five volunteers. A new fire station is also recommended by 2018.
It’s recommended that the current fee for service for fire prevention services in the rural municipalities be reviewed and revised to reflect the actual costs, and that the Town investigate the idea of providing fire prevention services for all Dufferin County municipalities.
Recommendations also focus on everyday operations, from a review of water supply requirements to additional portable radios on each fire truck, to fire safety plans for targeted properties, and to the types of suction connections on future fire pumpers.
The consultants noted the certain improvements to fire services can reduce residential insurance costs, resulting in significant savings for homeowners.