Cobourg’s Fire Chief Mike Vilneff gave his first quarterly report to Council on Monday. The department has been getting busier each year but he did not ask for more staff – current staff levels are published online – see “About Us” link below. Currently the Cobourg Fire Department consists of a Fire Chief, a Deputy Chief, a Fire Prevention Officer, an Emergency Planner, an Administrative Assistant, 12 full-time firefighters and, at full complement, 16 volunteer firefighters. The immediate staff concern is that 3 captains will be retiring in the next 12 months. Mike spelled out what jobs the Department does – firefighting, fire prevention services, public fire safety education, automobile extrication, medical assist, confined space rescue, hazardous materials response, water rescue and industrial accidents.
Then he gave statistics from 2015 to the end of March 2018.
|Assist other Agencies||10||31||23||25|
|Other Public Assistance||16||109||147||147|
2017 was the busiest year in the history of the Cobourg Fire Department with respect to emergency responses. As of the end of the 1st quarter, responses are 10% higher than 2017.
In response to a question, Mike explained that his department works well with the EMS people – in fact, the medical calls they go to are the ones that the EMS people want them to attend.
(Photo at right was from an event late December 2017 – see link below)
It is intended that this type of report will be presented to council every quarter – this is a step forward in transparency but I wonder if it could be expanded to include an update on performance to budget.
Another item of interest would be an expansion of “Prevention activities” to show how many buildings were inspected.
- Fire Department – About Us page – Town’s web site
- Improved Emergency Response on 401 – 20 December 2017