MARKHAM, ON – July 26, 2021 – This morning, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman signed an agreement for Barrie Fire & Emergency Service (BFES) to provide 24/7 emergency call-taking and dispatch service to Markham Fire & Emergency Services (MFES) by the end of this year.

This shared service agreement prepares both MFES and BFES for the mandatory transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) expected in 2024. Both will be able to leverage new emergency communications capabilities and will realize capital savings as a result of this transition.

Operationally, this agreement will help offset capital and operating costs associated with maintaining Barrie’s emergency communications and dispatch centre. It will allow MFES to improve responsiveness and modernize emergency services.

By partnering together and realizing savings, both cities can provide services in a way that is most economical and efficient for their residents.

The BFES Communications Branch will serve 21 municipalities, including Barrie and Markham, its largest client municipality. In 2020, BFES dispatched more than 21,250 emergency incidents.

To learn more about Markham Fire & Emergency Services, visit markham.ca/fire.

To learn more about Barrie Fire & Emergency Service, visit barrie.ca/BFES.

Quotes:

  • "Innovation and forward thinking is at the core of everything we do at the City of Markham, and by leveraging strategic partnerships we are able to keep costs down and improve the customer experience for the residents of Markham and Barrie,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

  • “Barrie Fire & Emergency Service is one of the most respected fire services in Ontario,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. “The fact that the City of Markham chose BFES to deliver such a critical service to their residents is a testament to the outstanding skills and expertise of the BFES team. I'm proud that Markham and Barrie are again demonstrating the potential of municipal collaboration in serving our residents.”

  • “This strategic partnership brings municipalities together to provide effective services efficiently and economically, demonstrating leadership in the stewardship of money and resources as set out in Markhams’ strategic plan,” said the City of Markham’s CAO Andy Taylor.

  • “I am excited to partner with Chief Mainprize and the entire BFES team. By being proactive both cities will benefit from this partnership and be ready to fully leverage the capabilities of NG9-1-1,” said Markham Fire and Emergency Services Chief Adam Grant. “Markham is working to modernize all aspects of fire protection service delivery and this is a major step towards achieving this vision.”

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 351,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 headquartered companies and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 234 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.

MARKHAM, ON – July 26, 2021 – This morning, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman signed an agreement for Barrie Fire & Emergency Service (BFES) to provide 24/7 emergency call-taking and dispatch service to Markham Fire & Emergency Services (MFES) by the end of this year.

This shared service agreement prepares both MFES and BFES for the mandatory transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) expected in 2024. Both will be able to leverage new emergency communications capabilities and will realize capital savings as a result of this transition.

Operationally, this agreement will help offset capital and operating costs associated with maintaining Barrie’s emergency communications and dispatch centre. It will allow MFES to improve responsiveness and modernize emergency services.

By partnering together and realizing savings, both cities can provide services in a way that is most economical and efficient for their residents.

The BFES Communications Branch will serve 21 municipalities, including Barrie and Markham, its largest client municipality. In 2020, BFES dispatched more than 21,250 emergency incidents.

To learn more about Markham Fire & Emergency Services, visit markham.ca/fire.

To learn more about Barrie Fire & Emergency Service, visit barrie.ca/BFES.

Quotes:

  • "Innovation and forward thinking is at the core of everything we do at the City of Markham, and by leveraging strategic partnerships we are able to keep costs down and improve the customer experience for the residents of Markham and Barrie,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

  • “Barrie Fire & Emergency Service is one of the most respected fire services in Ontario,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. “The fact that the City of Markham chose BFES to deliver such a critical service to their residents is a testament to the outstanding skills and expertise of the BFES team. I'm proud that Markham and Barrie are again demonstrating the potential of municipal collaboration in serving our residents.”

  • “This strategic partnership brings municipalities together to provide effective services efficiently and economically, demonstrating leadership in the stewardship of money and resources as set out in Markhams’ strategic plan,” said the City of Markham’s CAO Andy Taylor.

  • “I am excited to partner with Chief Mainprize and the entire BFES team. By being proactive both cities will benefit from this partnership and be ready to fully leverage the capabilities of NG9-1-1,” said Markham Fire and Emergency Services Chief Adam Grant. “Markham is working to modernize all aspects of fire protection service delivery and this is a major step towards achieving this vision.”

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 351,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 headquartered companies and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 234 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.