87f50d03-3f51-47d5-9278-b8db5684536d.xls Page 1 NFLD PEI NS NB PQ ONT MAN SASK ALB BC NWT YUKON NUNAVUT SECTION A: Within Province Mutual Aid 1. Are fire departments within your province/territory required to have a formal Mutual Aid plan? No No No No No Yes No No No No No Yes No 2. Do fire departments in your province/territory participate voluntarily in an intra provincial/territorial Mutual Aid program? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No 3. Approximately how many fire departments within your province/territory have Mutual Aid Agreements with their neighbouring fire departments? Unknown 50-75% 75-100%* Unknown 75-100% 75-100% 75-100% 50-75%* 75-100%* 0-25% n/a * Unknown 0-25% 4. Please rate the overall usage of the Within Province Mutual Aid System on a monthly basis in your province/territory. Infrequent Rarely Frequent** Infrequent Unknown Frequent Frequent Infrequent** Frequent Infrequent n/a Rarely Never 5. Please rate the overall effectiveness of the Within Province mutual aid system in your province/territory. Somewhat Highly* Highly^ Unknown Highly # Highly Highly Somewhat^ Highly Somewhat n/a Somewhat* Not Effective SECTION B: Inter Province/Territory Mutual Aid 1. Do the bordering fire departments within your province/territory participate in an inter provincial/territorial Mutual Aid program? No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No 2. Are there formal fire department Mutual Aid Agreements between provinces/territories? If yes, approx. what percentage? No n/a n/a Yes 0-25% n/a No 0-25% 0-25% No n/a Unknown 0-25% 3. Please rate the overall usage of the Inter- Province Mutual Aid system on a monthly basis in your province/territory. Infrequent n/a n/a Infrequent Unknown n/a Infrequent* Infrequent Rarely n/a n/a Rarely ** No 4. Please rate the overall effectiveness of the Inter- Province Mutual Aid system in your province/territory. Somewhat n/a # Unknown Unknown n/a Highly** Somewhat Unknown n/a n/a Somewhat ^ Not Effective SECTION C: International Mutual Aid 1. Do you have border municipality fire departments within your province/territory? If yes, approx. how many municipalities? No No No Unknown Yes Yes 10-25 <10 <10 10-25 No Unknown No 2. Do your border municipal fire departments have formal Mutual Aid Agreements/Plans with their U.S. counterparts? If yes, approx. how many? n/a n/a n/a <10 <10 <10 <10 <10 <10 No n/a Unknown^^ No 3. Please rate the overall usage of the International Mutual Aid system on a monthly basis in your province/territory. n/a n/a n/a Unknown Unknown Unknown Rarely Infrequent Rarely n/a n/a Unknown Never 4. Please rate the overall effectiveness of the International Mutual Aid system in your province/territory. n/a n/a n/a Unknown Unknown Unknown Highly ^ Somewhat Unknown n/a n/a Unknown Not Effective SECTION D: Mutual Aid Program Oversight 1. Does your provincial/territorial Fire Marshal/Fire Commissioner's Office play a role in ensuring that each fire department have/participates in a Mutual Aid program? No No Yes^^ Yes Yes Yes Yes ^^ Yes Yes** No No Yes No 2. What role does the CAFC provincial representative play in the leadership of your Mutual No role - Aid system? Liason Liaison** No role Liason Liaison No role Promotion# Promotion No role No role Other ** Liaison No Role 3. What additional information are you able to provide that would give a greater understanding of the Mutual Aid system in your province/territory? See Comments Below 1/8/2011 C:\Docstoc\Working\pdf\87f50d03-3f51-47d5-9278-b8db5684536d.xls] SUMMARY Rating Number Percent Number of surveys issued 13 100% Number returned 13 100% RESULTS: Based on 13 participating provinces/territories Section A: Within Province/Territory Mutual Aid Yes 2 15% 1. Required to have a formal provincial mutual aid plan No 11 85% Yes 10 77% 2. Voluntarily participating in an intra provincial mutual aid program No 3 23% 0-25% 3 23% 50-75% 2 15% 3. Number of dept who have agreements with neighbouring departments 75-100% 5 39% Unknown 3 23% Frequent 4 31% Infrequent 4 31% 4. Overall usage rating Rarely 2 15% Never 2 15% Unknown 1 8% High 6 46% Somewhat 4 31% 5. Overall effectiveness rating Unknown 1 8% N/A 2 15% Section B: Inter Province/Territory Mutual Aid Yes 8 62% 1. Bordering FD participate in inter provincial/territorial program No 5 38% 0-25% 5 38% 2. Percentage with formal agreements between prov/terr No 7 54% Unknown 1 8% Rarely 2 15% Infrequent 4 31% 3. Overall usage rating None 6 46% Unknown 1 8% Highly 1 8% Somewhat 3 23% 4. Overall effectiveness rating Unknown 2 15% N/A 7 54% Section C: International Mutual Aid <10 4 32% 10-25 2 15% 1. Number of municipal Fire Departments with borders None 5 38% Unknown 2 15% <10 5 38% 2. Border municipal FD have formal Mutual Aid agreement with US None 6 47% Unknown 2 15% Rare 2 15% Infrequent 1 8% 3. Overall useage rating Never 1 8% Unknown 4 32% N/A 5 37% Highly 1 8% Somewhat 1 8% 4. Overall effectiveness rating Unknown 5 38% N/A 6 46% Section D: Mutual Aid Program Oversight Yes 8 62% 1. FMO/FCO plays role in ensuring participation in Mutual Aid program No 5 38% Promotion 2 15% Liaison 4 31% 2. Role CAFC provincial representative plays in leadership of MAP None 6 46% Other 1 8% The mutual aid system that we use is one where any department that borders our fire district receives and provides mutual aid to and from us. Also if we require further assistance we can call on any department and they will respond, but we call on our neighbours first. In our mutual aid group we have a PEI copy of all resources within each department. * We have a good relationship with our neighbouring Departments and among us we have unlimited resources and training in all areas, we also train together a few times per year. ** It is in his mandate to insure that every department has a mutual aid agreement with their neighbouring departments. There is a real need for standardization and formalization of both systems. Work from the BC Fire Commissioner will begin to improve this. Discussions BC and work between BC and Alberta will also contribute. And in the Lower Mainland there is a somewhat formalized Border exchange agreement that needs to be aggressively shared and expanded. As noted,due to the remote location of the majority of communities within the NWT, mutual aid has never been an option. * Due to the remote location of NWT communities within the Beaufort Delta Region, mutual aid is not an option. However it would be if we had the resources within a reasonable distance. The communities surrounding Inuvik could not respond as it would leave that community without fire protection. Beyond Inuvik, each community has only one pumper truck. ** Mutual Aid is not a feasible option in our region/Territory. Nova Scotians have a long history of relying upon each other in times of crisis. As long as there have been fire services in the province there have been mutual aid agreements between neighbours, however, many have never been formalized on paper. Since the regionalization of Halifax and Cape Breton in 1996 a large number of previously independent departments have merged at the regional level and are part of centrally managed services. The success of multi-station responses in these areas, involving previously independent entities, has sparked an interest throughout the rest of the province in similar systems. Mutual aid associations are likely to be the vehicle for expansion of these systems in rural areas. * Nova Scotia is covered by regional mutual aid associations. Members frequently provide or use mutual aid from neighbours. Some departments may not be formal members of their regional association, but access to resources when requested is seldom, if ever, denied. Some small departments have simple "handshake" agreements with nothing formalized. NS ** Usage of mutual aid is primarily on a "when requested basis" and is used for large events. A growing number of departments are going into automatic mutual aid on certain types of calls due to reliance on tanker shuttles or the need to ensure adequate manpower during certain periods of the day. Some areas that rely heavily on seasonal employment (lobster fisher, for example) use automatic mutual aid on a seasonal basis to ensure response and/or staffing levels. ^ The system has grown from the grassroots, not by provincial mandate. It therefore is responsive to local needs and conditions, and is managed locally. The Fire Marshall's office has encouraged and support these associations but ahs no mandated involvement with them. ^^ There is no mandated involvement in mutual aid associations/groups. The Office of the Fire Marshal does support the existence of these groups in informal ways. # Departments in close proximity to the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border do provide mutual aid to each other. I have not been personally involved with these departments and cannot comment on the formality of these arrangements, or their effectiveness. * 50% are one-way fire Protection Agreements and 50% are reciprocal mutual aid agreements. ** Where formal "mutual aid agreements" are in place the mutual aid is highly effective, Saskatchewan-Manitoba border. ^ The Office of the Fire Commissioner is responsible for maintenance and administration of the Provincial Mutual Aid System. Strong emphasis is put towards maintaining this highly successful provincial mutual aid. ^^ Fire Cheifat member Dept. active supporter of the Provincial Mutual Aid System. # The Province of Manitoba has a very strong and successful Intra-Provincial Mutual Aid System consisting of 17 Mutual Aid Districts in Southern Manitoba and 3 Northern training Districts. Over 200 Municipal and industrial fire departments participate Man within the Provincial system. Individual Municipal Agreements are also in place within various locations with neighbouring departments along the Saskatchewan and U.S. borders, however no formal agreement between the Provinces or the U.S. presently exists. The Office of the Fire Commissioner plays a key role in the administration, training and operation of the Provincial Mutual Aid System. During large scale emergencies that are deemed to be "Provincial" in nature, the Mutal Aid Districts are prepared to extend their support beyond normal district boundaries in support of each other. Additional information available at www.firecomm.gov.mb.ca * It would be more like 50-60% have agreements. Of these there would be 50% which do not have such agreements in writing. ** Most of the jurisdictions Sask are capable of handling the situation they are faced with. ^ Response times could be quite long. Alberta * There has been a concerted effort from the Fire Commissioner's Office over the past 30 years to see this done. ** Advisors *Rating falls between not effective and somewhat effective. The effectiveness of any system is dependent on communication and knowing one's roles and Yukon responsibilities. That is an area that we need to focus heavily on. ** Work in progress. ^ In place, however requires fine tuning. ^^ Yukon-Alaska Newf'lnd Newfoundland and Labrador are signed participants in the IEMA (International Emergency Mutual Aid) compact which is an agreement established between the eastern Canadian provinces and the New England States # Response time and strike force have been improved throughout the Province following the implementation of the recent risk analysis which requires all municipalities to ensure adequate coverage. This is obtained through mutual aid system. Although mutual aid system is not mandatory, it is reuired to Quebec obtain maximum efficiency in response time and strike force to ensure and provide adequate protection in rural areas. This is achieved with the risk analysis which is in progress within the Province of Quebec. Geographic reality in the arctic regions means that each community is an 'isolated' community, only accessible by air for the vast majority of the year and by water for a very limited time, never by road access, which prevents 'mutual aid' being put in place in Nunavut. The Government of Nunavut (Emergency Nunavut Management) would become involved in disaster response if a major fire were to occur in any of our communities, especially if it were to involve any critical infastructure.
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