OFM - 5(2)
FPPA Opinions & Applications
Subsection 5.(2) Fire Departments
"Subject to subsection (3), the council of a municipality may establish more than one fire department for the municipality."
To clarify that a municipality may have more than one fire department. This allows municipalities that are amalgamating into one municipality to retain the fire departments of the original municipalities if that will better suit their needs.
Can a municipality have more than one fire chief?
Yes. This subsection permits a council to establish more than one fire department for the municipality and each fire department could have its own fire chief. It should be noted that a fire department may only have one fire chief.
The intention is that a municipality would only establish more than one fire department in special circumstances and, generally, on an interim basis. There are some practical difficulties with having more than one fire department for a municipality and this approach should only be adopted after consultation with the OFM.