Barrie takes over fire dispatch
Barrie takes over fire dispatch - INNISFIL/BARRIE — Innisfil 911 Fire and Rescue calls will be handled through the City of Barrie Fire and Emergency Service starting in January 2013.

Barrie was awarded the multi-year contract through the Town’s recent request for proposal process.

Having Innisfil’s fire and rescue calls dispatched through Barrie’s service gives Innisfil access to new, fire-specific technology, and a single point of contact with many of the town’s mutual fire aid partners, Innisfil Fire Chief Randy Smith said.

Fire dispatch services will continue to be managed by South Simcoe Police Service until the end of the year.

“We’ve enjoyed an exceptional working relationship with South Simcoe Police Service. We will continue to work closely with them, as we partner in providing emergency response services to the Town of Innisfil,” said Randy Smith, Fire Chief.

Mayor Barb Baguley said she welcomes the partnership with Barrie.
“The dispatch for fire service requires very specialized skills,” she said. “The opportunity to work with our neighbours, and to have people with the unique skills required, will enhance our service level to our residents and fire fighters.”

Barrie’s Fire & Emergency Service uses advanced fire dispatch systems when fire and emergency calls come in. In addition to the location details, dispatch will have access to key information such as the type and use of the building, an overview of the hazards at the location, location of water sources, and other information collected through the pre-fire planning process.

“The opening of our new state of the art communications centre one year ago gave us the capacity to provide service to other municipalities and we are honoured to be partnering with Innisfil,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman.  “The City of Barrie is proud to be working collaboratively as neighbours for the health and safety of all residents.”

Barrie’s computer aided dispatch system makes it possible to dispatch firefighters, fire apparatus and specialized pieces of equipment based on the identified need for that response.

Fifteen Fire Departments across Simcoe County are dispatched through the centralized Barrie Fire & Emergency Service, providing cost, communications, and operational efficiencies due to managing multiple resources from one point of contact.