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City’s Fire Service announces a change to the Service Delivery Model

March 14, 2016 - The City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service announced today continued efforts to ensure cost efficiency and a commitment to service excellence.

The change involves the current hybrid model in Bobcaygeon and Omemee. In 2015 the total number of calls responded to by the full time service decreased to 143 calls for both the Bobcaygeon and Omemee stations combined, a 15 percent decrease from 2014.
During 2016, the full time staff consisting of three firefighters from each station will be centralized with our existing full time service in the Lindsay station. Fire response in the Bobcaygeon and Omemee area will continue to meet the response requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1720 standard by leveraging our exceptional volunteer firefighter model.

The hybrid fire response model has been a discussion point for the City over a number of years and multiple Council Reports and analyses have been compiled to review the viability and sustainability of the model. A final review was completed as part of the Core Service Review as directed by Council in 2015.

The Kawartha Lakes Professional Firefighters Association Local 1701 agreed that the current model is not the most efficient use of resources in these areas. Collectively, an agreement was reached to move the full time staff to Lindsay from Bobcaygeon and Omemee and utilize the City’s volunteer firefighters to fully support these areas. This is the most effective and efficient use of City resources.

“This change is both economically prudent and allows us to provide the highest level of service and protection to our residents. The movement of staff will provide savings from the reduction of two full time firefighters over the course of the current contract and will be achieved through attrition,” said Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst.

“We are very pleased with how our Fire Rescue Services are evolving to meet the needs of our community while ensuring long term affordability,” comments Mayor Andy Letham.


For more information please contact:
Mark Pankhurst
Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief
705-324-5731 Extension 520

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