The Smiths Falls Fire Department continues to provide new sources of funding for the town by providing fire dispatching services to remote municipalities.
Although these municipalities respond to emergencies using their own personnel and equipment, the Smiths Falls department’s communications system provides the dispatching service for a fee.
At its next regular meeting on Jan. 15, town council is expected approve a contract to provide dispatching services to the remote township of Markstay-Warren. Located between North Bay and Sudbury, the municipality has a population of 2,656 and an average call volume of 70 calls per year.
Lieutenant Jason Smith of the Smiths Falls Fire Department advised councillors at a Jan. 8 meeting that the recommended five-year dispatching contract with Markstay-Warren should bring in total revenue of close to $42,000 for Smiths Falls.
Currently the Smiths Falls department provides fire dispatching services for a population of 86,000, of whom only 60,000 live within Lanark County. The department began providing the service to communities outside the area in the fall of 2015.