SCUGOG: On Monday, June 5th, Township of Scugog council received the Fire Master Plan and modernization report, delivered by Fire and Emergency Services Chief, Mark Berney.
Dillon Consulting was retained to undertake the plan and has put forward forty-two recommendations for consideration to further strategic priority areas. In the Chief’s report, he indicated that Scugog has been well served over the years between the Port Perry and Caesarea Stations and that he plans to continue to move forward to optimize the service and programs.
Since becoming Chief in early 2017, Mark Berney has worked to enhance the service. As part of his report, Chief Berney acknowledged the dedication and commitment of the service and went on to report, “Implementing modernization strategies will strengthen our service and position us to best serve the community.”
The modernization plan supports the sustainability of the Department using some full-time, but primarily volunteer firefighters for the delivery of fire protection services.
Modernization Strategies and changes include: Modernizing the volunteer firefighter complement into ranks and classifications, to provide leadership, accountability, enhance safety and reward attendance; Modernized volunteer remuneration, to reward firefighters based on attendance, professional development, duty and rank; Modified organizational structure and chain of command to reflect the changes to full-time roles and new volunteer rank structure; Implementation of a phased approach for fire service recruitment testing which will alleviate the upfront financial costs for successful candidates; Enhanced service training for maintenance and new roles dedicated to enrich training and development
Implementation of the Chief’s modernization plan can be accommodated in the 2017 Budget for the Fire and Emergency Services Department. In addition to the modernization plan, on March 6th, 2017, both the Scugog Professional Firefighters Association and Council ratified a three year deal providing for a collective agreement through 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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