Midland, Penetanguishene to continue with joint fire chief

One fire chief will continue to oversee both the Midland and Penetanguishene fire departments.

The neighbouring municipalities have agreed to extend their current joint service agreement through to the end of 2020.

“It has been a great success. We look forward to continuing that partnership with our neighbours to the north,” said Midland Coun. Jonathan Main.

Fire Chief Paul Ryan currently looks after the force of full-time and volunteers firefighters in Midland and the volunteer force in Penetanguishene.

In 2015, a deal was struck to split both the cost of the fire chief’s salary and the salary of an executive assistant.

This agreement, which was renewed in 2017, was set to expire on April 5.

“These are efficiencies and collaborative efforts that we can champion and be proud of, especially under the microscope of the provincial review,” said Midland Coun. Bill Gordon.

The province is in the midst of reviewing municipal government in Simcoe County. Advisers will be looking for ways to make better use of taxpayers’ dollars.

Officials in north Simcoe believe more shared service agreements will be encouraged.

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