Sooke council backs new fire commission

Sooke fire department operations will remain with the fire chief.

  • Wed Nov 25th, 2015 1:00pm
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Sooke council will create a fire services commission to oversee the long-term planning of the fire department.

In September, council delayed awarding a contract for a fire department review, and instead pushed the review to its long-term financial planning committee for further study.

The new commission will conduct “long-term capital planning [with] high level overview,” according to a staff report.

Fire department operations will remain with the fire chief.

Under the B.C. Community Charter, a commission can administer and operate a municipal service, including the management of budgets without having to come to council to expend funds.

The commission is expected to have three members who have fire department experience. Commission members will receive an annual honourarium of $2,500.