Public’s input can help shape next decade of fire services in Oakville

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Published September 28, 2023 at 10:29 am

The updated Master Fire Plan will guide the Oakville Fire Department in providing more effective and more efficient fire protection and emergency services to the growing community. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

From preventing kitchen fires to mechanical fires in your garage, the Oakville Fire Department has developed a Master Plan to help keep residents safe in their homes.

Now they are seeking your input to help guide them and improve services for the next decade.

Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to complete an online survey open until Oct. 29, 2023 to inform creation of the OFD’s next 10-year Master Fire Master Plan (FMP).

The updated Fire Plan will guide the department in providing more effective and more efficient fire protection and emergency services to the growing community.

“The town’s fire services team provides (a) high quality, timely response and proactive education to keep our community safe,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Council, our dedicated Fire Department, and I rely on public input when we develop our policies and plans.

“We seek public input to help guide the future of fire services in keeping Oakville a resilient, vibrant and livable town.”

The OFD will also be hosting a virtual open house will this fall. Registration details will be available in the coming weeks.

OFD currently provides service to around 231,000 residents and is preparing for growth and responding to their evolving needs.

The 10-year outlook with a phased action plan enables the fire department to flexible to changing needs.

A Community Risk Assessment is also underway which assesses Oakville’s geography, demographics, critical infrastructure, hazards, response to public safety and more.

The FMP will be shaped by the Community Risk Assessment, current legislation, industry best practices, feedback from OFD personnel and the community’s input.

“From fire suppression and prevention to education and community engagement, fire services personnel play an active role in ensuring the well-being of residents,” said Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault, Oakville Fire Department. “With public input, we aim to enhance our services to adapt to the changing needs of our growing community.”

The goal of the FMP is to reduce and lessen fire risk using the Ontario Fire Marshal’s three lines of defence model, which include public education and prevention, fire safety standards and code enforcement, and emergency response.

The current FMP was created in 2016. A Community Risk Assessment is required the by OFD by July 1, 2024.

For the full plan, visit the Fire Master Plan webpage.

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