Council approves new fire plan


At the February 27, Committee of the Whole Meeting, Council approved a new 10-15 Fire Plan. The plan will see an updated integrated risk management approach to fire planning, 3-year service delivery plans and will engage the Public Safety Committee to develop goals and priorities for service delivery plans.

The first three-year delivery plan from 2016-2018 will use existing staff and resources to deliver three risk-focused prevention programs. The programs will address reducing structure fires in high-frequency areas through risk-focused prevention and public education programs; improving survivability rates for cardiac arrests through training citizens on CPR and using public Automated External Defibrillators (AED); and improving public preparedness for major disasters by delivering public education programs.

The Fire Plan will continue with Council’s policy on four-member engine staffing and Council's direction to pursue a 90 per cent performance rate for arrival of the first response unit and full assignment within the next 10-15 years.

Strategic Link: Public Safety

Key Points

  • An Integrated Risk Management approach allows Staff and Council to continuously monitor performance and to adjust fire plan objectives on a shorter and more regular basis (at least every three years).
  • The Fire Plan will be subject to ongoing analysis and adjustments through the three-year service delivery plans.


"The new 10-15 year plan establishes long range goals achieved through several three-year service delivery plans which allows Council and staff to continuously monitor and be more responsive to current conditions"

Fire Chief
City of Nanaimo


Craig Richardson
Fire Chief
City of Nanaimo

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