Leduc County explores borderless fire model

Discussions continue between Leduc County council, and Calmar and county fire services regarding developing...

Discussions continue between Leduc County council, and Calmar and county fire services regarding developing a Calmar Fire District borderless model.

At the county’s March 22 council meeting, county councillors approved appointing county representation to the Calmar Fire District-Borderless Model Agreement Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to negotiate an agreement between the Town of Calmar and Leduc County on the issue of Leduc County administering and operating fire and disaster services in the Calmar Fire District.

“This was put forward as an option to the residents. I cannot state firmly enough this is in discussion and no decisions have been made,” said Mayor John Whaley.

“Our council has merely appointed representation, the next steps will be for the joint committee to decide and then bring back to both respective councils for a decision,” he added.

A borderless model would be a joint servicing under Leduc County fire services and the Calmar Fire District.

Earlier in March an open house was held at the Calmar Elementary School to discuss the subject and from that a survey was presented to attendees and made available online. The Town of Calmar also sought door-to-door opinions. Results from the various forms of surveys say 275 of 282 were in favour of a borderless model being further investigated.

A few of the concerns included whether there would be any difference in the delivery model.