Media Release - November 8, 2021
Town Launches Fire Master Plan Public Survey
To ensure that The Blue Mountains Fire Department continues to meet the needs of the community, a comprehensive review of operations and services is being completed through the development of a comprehensive Fire Master Plan. To inform the Fire Master Plan, a public survey has been launched to gain feedback. To complete the survey, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/fire-master-plan
The goal of the Fire Master Plan is to establish an actionable path forward in planning and preparing for emergency challenges as well as improving overall public education and safety. To accomplish this, the Town has engaged Emergency Management & Training Inc. (EMT), to assist with this initiative. EMT is a consulting firm that has worked with many fire departments in developing their fire master plans, station assessments and fire service reviews.
The initial Fire Master Plan information-gathering period has identified the following themes that are placing increased demands and expectations on the Town’s Fire Department:
- Growing and changing community
- High volume of year-round visitors to the area
- Resident and visitor involvement in high-risk activities
- Difficulty in attracting, training, and retaining paid on call/volunteer firefighters
Through research and community consultation, the Fire Master Plan will examine the people, processes, and technology of the Town's Fire Department and will address key items by recommending industry best practices, current standards, and applicable legislation as the foundation for all work moving forward. The final plan is scheduled to be received by Council in February 2022.
The survey will be available for public input until Friday, December 3, 2021. Paper copies are available upon request by calling 519-599-3131 ext. 101 or at the Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall. To learn more about the status of the Fire Master Plan and to provide you input, please visit the project webpage: www.thebluemountains.ca/fire-master-plan.
For more information, please contact:
The Blue Mountains Fire Department
519-599-3131 ext. 101