The City of Elliot Lake has held agreements with the Ministry of Natural Resources since 1974 and has renewed the contract once again.
City fire chief John Thomas who is also the Director of Emergency Services says the city is comprised of nine townships, just over 70,000 hectares in size.
He explained to council that the nine are divided into Crown Protection and Municipal Protection areas which forms the basis of who pays for what.
To ensure there are shared services in place, the municipality would have to pay nearly $5,000 which gives access to the province’s fire services, such as water bombers, ground crews and mapping.
The current agreement expired November 30, 2020, but with council’s approval, will be renewed for another year.