Sault Fire Services and Mutual Aid: How it works

Sault Fire Services

Occasionally Sault Fire Services is requested to help in communities that surround our city.

Sometimes like last Saturday in Prince Township it’s a call for a tanker and occasionally its requests for specialized services.

Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services is a member of the District of Algoma Mutual Aid Agreement, a website attached to this agreement explains why it is in place.

“In emergency services, mutual aid is an agreement among emergency responders to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries,” says the website.

“This may occur due to an emergency response that exceeds local resources, such as a disaster or a multiple-alarm fire. Our association is taking this concept one step further with respect to training and planning prior to emergencies.”

SaultOnline conducted an email interview with Aaron Gravelle the public education officer with our cities fire service.

He notes there is no charge for mutual aid calls and our city has used the agreement in the past to help in our own cases of emergency.

“For mutual aid calls, there is no charge. It is a reciprocal agreement between services,” said Gravelle. “Should the request fall outside of Mutual Aid agreement then we have agreement in place for cost recovery.”

The city has utilized the services of other departments as per this agreement and stands ready to help when called upon by the district.


    • I can say for certain in talking with Sault Ste. Marie Michigan a few weeks ago they can still ask for help. How it would work with COVID? I don’t know but will see.

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