Cochrane Fire Services and Municipal Enforcement managers presented their annual reports to Council at their meeting yesterday.
Both reports reflect changing needs in the community in 2019, and that those needs are being met.
Council received both reports for information and expressed their thanks for their service.
Cochrane Fire Services responded to a total of 963 calls for service, down from 1111 in 2018. Calls classified as hazmat and alarm were up, while fire, rescue and medical calls were down.
The fire prevention branch also performed 546 fire inspections and 12 investigations. They attended 219 public education events, 12 special events, 12 fire drills and 26 classroom/day home drills.
Emergency Management purchased a mobile incident management trailer in 2019, which is equipped to support crews and partner agencies in crisis response situations. Fire Services also developed and implemented a progressive health and wellness program for emergency responders and their families.
Municipal Enforcement had a busy year, which also meant increased opportunities for community conversations and education. Community Peace Officers attended 1797 calls for service in 2019, up from 1750 in 2018. They supported over 29 community events such as Canada Day, Light-up, Labour Day Parade, local block parties and the Cochrane Trade Show.
The Municipal Enforcement team promotes a high standard of public safety and community compliance through education and engagement, focusing on six priority areas: efficient management and service delivery, neighbourhood strengthening, traffic safety, animal control and education, employee development and identifying community needs.
Neighbourhood strengthening can help build good relationships and a strong community. This work saw 124 nuisance and unsightly premise complaints, as well as 60 snow and ice complaints.
Community Peace Officers issued 1529 traffic citations in 2019, including 723 speeding citations (16 in school/playground zones), 19 distracted driving and 74 seatbelt-related citations. The team also partnered 51 times with RCMP on road safety programs, including a residential speed project in areas identified by community complaints.
Animal control and education is always complex. Officers responded to 662 animal-related calls in 2019, resulting in 111 citations being issued. Cochrane currently has a total of 6107 licensed pets: 4935 dogs and 1172 cats.
Community Peace Officers make positive contributions to our community through interaction, supporting education and safety. Officers interact with the public every day at outdoor events, they give animal safety talks in schools and conduct positive ticketing initiatives in the community with youth.