Municipality of Cumberland restructures protective services

The Municipality of the County of Cumberland has undergone a restructuring in the provision of Protective Services. This has resulted in the elimination of two positions, the creation of two new positions, and the creation of a new department.

"The organizational changes being made today will facilitate improved customer service and the reallocation of resources to an important and growing area of our municipal services,” said CAO Greg Herrett.

The position of Bylaw Enforcement and Solid Waste Supervisor has been eliminated effective immediately. A Lead Bylaw Enforcement Officer position has been created to allocate more resources to the field.

The position of Fire Services Coordinator will be eliminated effective December 31, 2021.

The Department of Protective Services has been created. The new department will include building and fire inspection, bylaw enforcement including dangerous or unsightly premises, animal control, fire services and emergency management (REMO). A competition for the newly created position of Director of Protective Services will be initiated immediately and the municipality plans to have the new director in place late this fall.

Municipal council has directed the CAO to undertake a complete review of the fire service. As a result, the Municipality of Cumberland will be issuing a request for proposals to interested consultants to provide a complete analysis of the current fire service and provide recommendations on what is required to most effectively organize the provision of fire services, including but not limited to, recommended revisions to:

• Municipal and Fire Department bylaws, policies, standard operating procedures.
• Service boundaries
• Standards for operations, facilities, apparatus, equipment and training
• Funding arrangements
• Firefighter honoraria

The terms of reference for this review will include a requirement that the consultants engage and meet with Fire Chiefs and firefighters in all county departments to ensure that their voices are heard in this review.

"Council is confident that these changes, along with the results of the Fire Service Review, will put the municipality on a path to improved customer service and a well-coordinated approach to the provision and funding of fire services across the county," said Mayor Murray Scott.