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Fire department responded to collisions, fires last quarter

Report given to council included fire department statistics, planning and development service permits, as well as updates on the activities of various town departments
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DIDSBURY – The local fire department responded to 91 calls in the last quarter of 2022, including 10 for motor vehicle collisions, according to chief administrative officer Ethan Gorner’s monthly report to council.

Presented to council during the Jan. 24 meeting, the report included fire department statistics, planning and development service permits, as well as updates on the activities of various town departments.

Fire department members responded to 59 calls in town and 24 calls in the surrounding rural area between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. 

Calls during the fourth quarter included 24 EMS assists, two reported gas leaks, eight requests for mutual assists, 10 motor vehicle collisions, one odour investigation, two outside fires, three structure fires, two citizen assist calls and one wildland fire.

Regarding planning and development services activities, six permits were issue for residential developments with total construction values of $808,000. 

As well, six commercial development permits were issued with total construction values of $3.3 million.

One subdivision was approved in the quarter, along with one redesignation.

The community services department saw a lot of activity at the aquatic centre and the arena, as well as with community events.

“The fourth quarter of 2022 was a busy one at the Didsbury Aquatic Centre,” Gorner said.

“The fall months brought the return of school swim lessons, where we will host Didsbury, Carstairs and Cremona schools throughout the 2022-23 school year for student swim lessons. Rentals and lessons in 2022 have far exceeded the budgeted revenues, emphasizing the demand for these services in our region.”

The engineering and infrastructure report includes an update on water main repairs.

“During this quarter, the department identified a water leak one 20th Ave. near 22 Street,” he said.

“The water main was repaired and the road paved within 15 days of being discovered. This was in large part due to the number of projects the division was managing and some local contractors who are willing to go the extra distance for the town.”

Events undertaken by economic development in the fourth quarter including chamber job fair, franchise show in Calgary, planning workshop, a soft opening of the chamber business centre, and a Mountain View economic development officer meeting.

Council received Gorner’s report as information.

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