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Welcome back fellow residents of White City, and those reading from the surrounding area, for the May 2022 edition of the White City Councillor Blog.

The White City Fire Department (WCFD) is the focus for this month’s blog. WCFD serves White City, Emerald Park and the surrounding region, it is made up of dedicated men and women that are our neighbours, local business owners, and/or community leaders that will respond to any emergency day or night. The value that a highly trained and professional fire department brings to any community is immeasurable and a service you never want to call on but are happy and safe knowing it is there for you.

WCFD responds to approximately 150 calls for service per year, this includes fire and medical response:

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In 2021, WCFD took their training to the next level by beginning certification for all members at a NFPA 1001 Level 1-2. This certification is a professional designation recognized provincially and internationally with standards used in career fire departments. This will help the members of our department be even more prepared for the next event. Even though we all hope it isn’t our home, business or family member that will need the help of the WCFD.

In recognition of the irreplaceable asset of our Fire Department, the Town of White City is strongly committed to investment in training, equipment and support of the WCFD. The department has been growing, expanding and serving the broader community over the past 40 years and has grown into a thriving, well trained, well equipped and prepared service provider in our community. It takes many years of hard work, teamwork, preparedness and training to reach the level of dedication and expertise we are lucky to have in our local fire department.

Over the past five years, $1.39M has been invested into the White City Fire Department. Here’s how the revenues and expenses break down:

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Our community grew 19.5% from 2016 to 2021 – adding 603 new residents – we recognize that White City is, and will continue to be, one of the fastest growing communities in Saskatchewan. Our approach is to plan for that growth by taking a long-term view of the infrastructure, facilities, programs and services a growing population will require. Our long-term plans include ensuring our fire protection and medical response services will meet the needs of residents now and in the future. Current plans include the ongoing development of our Fire Training Grounds – led by the current members of the Fire Department, the Fire Training Grounds will be a high-end training facility that will support and enhance the ongoing training of the White City Fire Department Members.

On behalf of White City, I would like to thank our community and our local businesses for the high level of support, gratitude and appreciation that the White City Fire Department receives on a regular basis. I encourage all residents in our community to share their experiences, thoughts and thanks for our local fire department.

If you have any questions, have a comment, want more information or want to suggest a topic for a future blog please email or call 306-781-2355 – we look forward to hearing from you!

- Councillor Hal Zorn

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