Leduc County council votes not to proceed with proposed Leduc Regional Fire Services initiative
At its July 3 council meeting, Leduc County council voted not to proceed with a proposed Leduc Regional Fire Services (LRFS) initiative, and will not move forward with an amalgamated fire services model.
While the Final Implementation Plan (FIP) highlighted many potential benefits to our region, our council was not confident that the plan represented Leduc County appropriately. The plan did not reflect the impacts an amalgamated service model would have on rural areas of Leduc County, it would impact current partnership agreements with neighbouring communities and, most importantly, impacts would be felt by Leduc County’s paid on call (POC) firefighters, who are the backbone of Leduc County’s fire services program. We value our partnership with the City of Leduc, and will continue to work together on other ongoing, regional initiatives.
Tanni Doblanko, Leduc County Mayor
While the LRFS initiative will not proceed, a lot of the hard work put into the project will carry forward. Several potential initiatives were highlighted in the FIP that Leduc County will continue to investigate with its partners at the City of Leduc, including:
- Developing a single and integrated strategy and plan for a Leduc Region Fire Prevention and Investigations program.
- Developing a single and integrated strategy and plan for a Leduc Region Fire Services Training program.
- Exploring a single and integrated strategy and plan for a Leduc Region Fleet Maintenance program.
- Developing a single and integrated strategy and plan for a Leduc Region Emergency Management program.
- Developing a single and integrated dispatch, fire reporting and information analysis (spatial) program using known and existing service providers.
- Alignment of Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Operating Guidelines for front-line services.
The LRFS initiative began in early 2016, when Leduc County council and City of Leduc council directed their respective administrations to prepare an implementation plan for an amalgamated fire services model.