September 19, 2003
“There is a strong business case to proceed with a Centralized Fire Dispatch Centre in York Region,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. “However, more important are the intangible benefits such as improved response times, enhanced information management and more consistent service levels that could result.”
The seven area municipal Chief Administrative Officers and six Fire Chiefs have endorsed the business case for a Centralized Fire Dispatch Centre, with further work to be done regarding cost sharing options, a cost transition strategy, payment mechanisms and governance options.
“There will be significant cost savings over time with a potential cumulative savings of over $3 million by year 2026,” said Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region’s Fire Services Committee. “Savings could be further increased if the Province would allow the Region to assume dispatch services for Emergency Medical Services.”
If fully approved, the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre would begin implementing in early 2004 and up and running by late 2005. Working in co-operation with the
A Steering Committee would be formed, comprised of the local municipal Fire Chiefs, and would provide guidance for the operation of service.
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