By J.W. Schnarr
The level of service for the Hays Fire Department for 2015 has been established.
During their regular meeting July 28, M.D. council addressed a request from administration to accept the level of service as determined by the fire department. This decision will be the first of a number of resolutions to determine levels of service for all fire departments within the M.D.
“Hays is a little bit ahead of the curve,” said Reeve Brian Brewin. “We still have to do one for Enchant and Grassy (Lake).”
Municipal Administrator Derrick Krizsan explained levels of service are revisited every few years, at which point the fire departments revisit their current level of training and capabilities, and to provide municipalities with updates.
“The level of service is related to Alberta Occupational Health and Safety code, and the Alberta Code of Practice for Firefighters,” he said. “Within Alberta OHS, workers are expected to be trained for the duties they are to be performing safely. This level of service lays out those tasks that the fire department will be trained to in order to perform their duties.”
The Hays FD emergency services levels and standards is broken down into the following services provided:
Fire Fighting Services, including in-house training, pre-emergency planning, fire fighting – structural, interior attack, and wildland/urban interference, and incident command services;
Rescue Services, including motor vehicle collisions/extrications, trench rescue, hazardous materials response, confined space rescue, rope rescue, power lines down/electrical hazards, building collapse, flat water and ice rescue, swift/fast water rescue; and
‘Other Services’, including public service (fire pit complaints, alarms, unknown odours), mutual and automatic aid responses (as per existing agreements and protocols), and public safety educations – fire prevention week and fire hall tours. Identifying the levels of service for local fire departments are up to the discretion of the municipality they are located in.
“The provision of fire services is entirely up to the municipality,” explained Krizsan. “You could choose to not have a fire department. What this does is it says ‘we have established the desire to have a fire department, and these are the capabilities that the fire department will perform its duties to.”