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Fire department reports outline 2020 expenses

Olds, Didsbury, Sundre and Carstairs reports reviewed
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MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - Mountain View County (MVC) council has received and reviewed intermunicipal fire service annual reports from four departments in the district.

The update came during the recent regularly scheduled meeting and saw reports received from departments in Olds, Didsbury, Sundre and Carstairs. MVC has intermunicipal fire service agreements with all departments. 

Under the agreement, each managing partner is required to provide an overview of the previous year’s financial situation. The 2020 reports submitted to MVC vary in terms of details provided.

The Carstairs Fire Department report indicates total operating cost expenses of $334,773, which is divided equally between the Town of Carstairs and MVC. Total base cost expenses totalled $279,635.78, including the county’s portions of $139,817.89. 

Those total base costs included $66,566 for firefighter remuneration, $10,000 for fire chief, $29,796 for small equipment (under $3,000), $15,765 for building repairs and maintenance, $13,033 for insurance, and $9,020 for training, development and recruitment.

Total variable cost expenses included $14,379 for equipment repairs and maintenance, $22,433 for vehicle repairs and maintenance, and $6,702 for general goods and supplies.

Equipment purchases in 2020 included $20,397 for five sets of bunker gear, $4,051 for radios and pagers, $3,152 for computer replacement, and $2,195 for breathing apparatus masks.

The Didsbury Fire Department report indicates total joint fire expenses of $441,572 in 2020. 

Total fixed costs were of $319,524, including $9,999 for fire chief, $9,916 for deputy chief, $91,513 for firefighter remuneration, $23,291 for training and development, $11,557 for building repairs and maintenance, $11,848 for computer services, and $12,213 for insurance.

The Olds Fire Department report indicates total expenses of $1,476,492 in 2020, with the MVC contribution allocated being $213,755. The department responded to 232 urban and 67 rural incident calls, as well as 55 motor vehicle collisions.

Expenses included $79,074 for fire chief, $19,613 for training, $171,706 for firefighter honorarium, $23,274 for building repairs and maintenance, $24,452 for equipment repairs and maintenance, $38,053 for vehicle repairs and maintenance, $11,023 for uniforms and $25,571 for turnout gear.

The Sundre Fire Department report indicates total expenses of $347,724. 

Total fixed operating expenditures of $318,632 were logged, including $65,864 for firefighter remuneration, $52,652 for dispatch and general services, $39,842 for administration and town staff, $5,945 for training and officer development, $11,538 for communications, $4,822 for building repairs and maintenance and $20,099 for insurance.

Council received the fire department reports as information.



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