The Smiths Falls Fire Department is continuing to find new sources of revenue for the town by providing fire dispatching services to other small municipalities.
At a special council meeting July 24, councillors voted to sign a new contract to provide dispatching service to the small northern Ontario municipality of St-Charles, located between North Bay and Sudbury. St-Charles has a population of just 1,269, and a low volume of calls, reported Smiths Falls Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp. Providing fire dispatching service to St-Charles will net about $4,000 a year in revenue to Smiths Falls over a five-year contract.
At the July 24 meeting, councillors also approved renewal of the fire department’s contract to provide similar dispatching services for about 60,000 residents of Lanark County. Smiths Falls has been providing that service to the county for the past seven years. The new contract covers the next five years.
Smiths Falls has the necessary equipment and expertise to provide dispatching services to other remote municipalities, whose own firefighters actually respond to the calls.