Tri-municipal partnership benefits all residents in the region
Aerial firefighting equipment to be cost shared by three municipalities
The Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County will partner together to bring new, much-needed aerial firefighting apparatuses to the region.
“The safety of our firefighters and residents is of paramount importance to Town Council,” says Ken Lemke, mayor of Stony Plain. “Council is proud to support our regional partners in this important endeavour, and anticipates authorizing the purchase of a second unit in 2013.”
New equipment is needed in the Town of Stony Plain and Spruce Grove for use in the Tri-municipal region because of the current population, the size and heights of new building construction, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines and changes to Occupational Health and Safety regulations in regards to firefighting.
The City of Spruce Grove has maintained an aerial firefighting apparatus for the past number of years and has recently completed a tendering process to purchase a new apparatus.
“This partnership will allow us to provide the tri area community with the services they need in a cost-effective manner,” says Stuart Houston, Mayor of Spruce Grove. “The new equipment is essential for resident safety so it was imperative for us to work together to provide residents with the services they expect.”
The three municipalities have agreed that, given the current need in the region, the purchase of a second apparatus is required. The three municipalities have reached an agreement to purchase two aerial devices and to buy a third unit in the future, when conditions warrant.
The City of Spruce Grove will obtain an aerial firefighting apparatus in 2011; the Town will purchase one in 2013. When the need arises, Parkland County will purchase a third apparatus, providing its neighbouring municipalities with no less than 24 months' notice prior to doing so. The costs of these three units will be shared equally between the municipalities.
“This cost-sharing initiative demonstrates the mutual benefits being realized by the collaborative efforts of the Tri-area partners,” said Parkland County Mayor Rod Shaigec. “As the region experiences continued expansion in our industrial parks, this aerial firefighting equipment will ensure the protection of larger commercial and industrial facilities as well as the safety of our firefighters and other emergency personnel.”
This partnership will help meet the needs of the Tri-area community in a cost-efficient, operationally effective and well-managed way.