Heating up: Collingwood residents will require a new fire permit for the 2021 season

Three things that happened at council committee:

1. At the March 29 corporate and community services meeting, fire Chief Ross Parr said residents will need to purchase a fire permit for the 2021 season. The town allowed residents to use their 2019 permits in 2020 because of COVID-19. The cost is $35 (cash) to be paid at the fire hall on High Street, and a site inspection is required. Parr said they are hoping to launch an online purchasing service soon.

2. Collingwood will soon be getting some new wheels. Parr announced that the department’s new pumper truck will be arriving in the next few weeks. The truck was purchased in 2019 and was slightly delayed due to the pandemic. Parr said the vehicle, built in New Brunswick, cost $620,000, $30,000 less than what was budgeted. He said the truck replaces an old tanker truck that’s been sold to a fire department near Kenora.

3. In 2017, Collingwood signed a deal with Fire Marque, which would allow the fire department to recoup costs from insurance companies related to fire response. Since then, the department has received $55,829, including $45,000 for major fires last year. However, some companies were sending cost-recovery funds to residents as opposed to the fire service. A new bylaw passed will allow the department to recover those costs.

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