Merville Fire Protection Services Project
On June 15, 2017 the Merville Fire Protection District converted to a Comox Valley Regional District service.
A business case has been developed for an auxiliary fire hall that could be located in the Merville community. A staff report [PDF] that was presented to the Electoral Area Services Committee on October 16, 2017 lists the recommendations that will be ratified at the CVRD board meeting on November 7, 2017. These include:
- Initiating discussions with the City of Courtenay Fire Department and Oyster River Fire Rescue to consider long-term service arrangements
- Establishing the minimum operational requirements for an auxiliary hall
- Conducting public engagement to obtain input and feedback on auxiliary hall requirements
Engaging with the public in the Merville and Tsolum-Farnham communities is very important to the success of this project. Steps include presenting the auxiliary fire hall business case and financing plans to the community, elected officials and other stakeholders to gather feedback and develop community support for the concept and process. A variety of factors will influence the timing for implementing the auxiliary fire hall concept and tendering, construction, and service contracts.
Here is the proposed timeline (subject to CVRD board approval) broken into three components: land, building and services:
Notes:*Merville and Tsolum Farnham services to be merged effective January 1/19.
The process to identify the parameters and requirements for a Merville auxiliary fire hall needs to include operational elements while also incorporating public interests. This flow chart describes a proposed plan on how the public may be included in this process and notes where the CVRD would engage directly with a realtor to identify and acquire land. The work with the realtor will not be in the public realm.
Be sure to check back to this webpage for updates. Public input is encouraged and appreciated. Please call or email James Warren, General Manager of Corporate Services at 250-334-6007 or email.
See more background information below, including the August 2017 newsletter that was mailed to residents.
- Merville Fire Protection Service Newsletter August 2017 [PDF - 548 KB]
- Staff report - Merville Fire Protection District proposed conversion and mapping anomaly December 2016 [PDF - 268 KB]
- CVRD Fire Protection Areas map [PDF - 4.7 MB]
- Final report - Merville fire services governance review September 2016 [PDF - 1.2 MB]
- Public open house presentation October 2016 [PDF - 622 KB]
- Staff report - Merville community fire protection services research project September 2016
[PDF - 2.4 MB]
- Staff report - fire protection service requests for inclusion July 2015 [PDF - 2.1 MB]