Emergency service delivery model to be examined

February 16, 2016

Emergency service delivery model to be examined

As part of its on-going commitment to provide emergency response in an efficient manner, Strathcona County Council initiated an in-depth review of the current Strathcona County Emergency Services (SCES) delivery model.

The intent is to gather information about SCES’s operational model, with a focus on delivery of emergency medical services within an integrated system.

During its November 30, 2015 budget meeting, Council directed Administration to provide a report to Priorities Committee on emergency medical service and fire service delivery before the end of third quarter, 2016.

Once selected, an external consultant will lead the review by examining the outcomes of the current service model compared to neighbouring and similar jurisdictions, provided services, mandate and scope, including supporting policies, impact of being part of the provincial emergency medical service system and funding models.

Today, SCES operates a fully integrated Fire/Rescue/Emergency Medical Service with over 250 full and part time employees, who operate from six stations located throughout the County. The department oversees the four core business functions of community safety, emergency management, emergency communications and operations (emergency response).

The review is part of Strathcona County’s priority of providing a helping, caring and safe community for its residents.

More information about Strathcona County Emergency Services

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595