Vic­to­ria County fire chiefs ask for co­or­di­na­tor

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - AN­DREW BROOKS

If it were up to the fire de­part­ments of Vic­to­ria County, there would be a sin­gle per­son in-charge of co­or­di­nat­ing fire ser­vices through­out the county.

On Oct 17, Greg Or­gan, chief of the Neil's Har­bour-new Haven Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, came be­fore coun­cil on be­half of the Fire Chiefs of Vic­to­ria County to re­quest that the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Vic­to­ria cre­ate a Fire Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor po­si­tion.

The idea of a co­or­di­na­tor has been raised in the past, but Or­gan in­di­cated the idea fiz­zled out for un­known rea­sons. A pre­sen­ta­tion by Guys­bor­ough County Fire Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor Shawn An­drews at a Sept. 12 Coun­cil Meet­ing helped to reignite in­ter­est in the po­si­tion af­ter An­drews demon­strated the ef­fi­ciency and sav­ings their county was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing since he took on the role over a decade ago.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously passed a mo­tion to ac­cept the rec­om­men­da­tion for fur­ther study.

War­den Bruce Mor­ri­son stated that the County is in­ter­ested in work­ing with the fire de­part­ments on the is­sue but will have to con­sider the po­si­tion for next fis­cal year since this year's bud­get is al­ready al­lo­cated.

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