It didn’t appear at city council tonight but the agenda had a letter from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management stating that the city will be under review.
From the letter:
I am writing to advise you that the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) will be undertaking a review of fire protection services in the City of Sault Ste. Marie. This review will be conducted pursuant to Section 9. (1) of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA), as follows:
Powers of Fire Marshal
9. (1) The Fire Marshal has the power, (a) to monitor, review and advise municipalities respecting the provision of fire protection services and to make recommendations to municipal councils for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of those services
The areas for review will include:
- Applicable legislation, by-laws, policies, agreements, planning documents, and similar type documents; as well as
- Status of current and planned fire protection service levels.
OFMEM staff will be in contact with the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Fire Chief in the near future to set-up an initial meeting to discuss the review, and to provide a list of requested information/documentation. This information will be required prior to the review team’s site visit. Please note that more than one site visit may be required.
The site visit(s) will be a critical component of the review, and will be scheduled in the near future with the CAO and Fire Chief. In addition, OFMEM officials may interview and request information from other Sault Ste. Marie municipal officials and staff, officials and staff from other municipalities, as well as other government ministries/authorities.
The Fire Chief, as an Assistant to the Fire Marshal, is requested to begin reporting immediately to the OFMEM all emergency responses by the Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services, until further notice. OFMEM staff will contact the Fire Chief to provide additional information regarding this request. The requirements as set out in Fire Marshal’s Directive 2015-002 (Reporting of Fires and Explosions Requiring Investigation) will remain in effect.
During the review, the OFMEM may identify potential issues that are the responsibility of another ministry or authority. As necessary, the OFMEM will notify both the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the applicable ministry or authority of any potential issue.
The OFMEM will provide and present to Council our finalized report. Ongoing municipal cooperation is appreciated, so that the report may be completed in a timely manner.
Further, the OFMEM may post the report on our public website, and may provide information on the report by any other means that the Fire Marshal considers advisable.