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Greater Sudbury

Fire and Paramedic Services Optimization

Fire and Paramedic Services in Greater Sudbury

The City of Greater Sudbury is an amalgamation of former municipalities and neighbouring unorganized townships.  When all of these communities combined, Fire Services inherited seven separate fire service delivery models which provided various levels of fire suppression, emergency rescue and medical assistance response to the community.  Although there was an analysis of the different service levels provided by the seven former area municipalities, it’s apparent now that there wasn’t a clear understanding or ability to analyze true costs and usage (staffing, vehicle, equipment, and buildings) to operate each Fire Service.  No benchmarks existed at that time to define a viable Fire Service and to provide a true measure of risks or needs and circumstances.  There was no consistent application of a third party analysis, standards and/or best practices (i.e. Fire Underwriters Survey / National Fire Protection Association), and no consideration was given to response times or community risks.  Fire Services has continued to operate a full-time career delivery model and a separate volunteer firefighter delivery model that has not taken advantage of the opportunities provided by amalgamation.

In 2000, just prior to amalgamation, land ambulance services were transferred to municipalities from the Ontario government on a 50/50 cost sharing basis. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care plays a regulatory role through the Ambulance Act, regulations and provincial standards.  The City of Greater Sudbury established a performance-based model focused on a higher quality, reasonably priced service.  As a result of this decision and accountability, Paramedic Services have been continuously improving and optimizing their service delivery in Greater Sudbury since 2000.  

Optimization Timeline


  • Emergency Services completed a Strategic and Tactical Plan to set a course for the delivery of fire, paramedic and emergency management services to the community.  These plans identify the need to optimize resources.


February 2016

  • Council amended the motion to include paramedic services and directed staff to prepare a report on the optimization of fire and paramedic services, stations and service levels.

March to November 2016

  • Staff developed an evidence-based process to identify and assess various optimization options based on service, risk and cost criteria.

  • Staff consult with stakeholder groups to develop a comprehensive understanding of the current state of fire and paramedic service delivery.

  • Fire Underwriters Survey conducted an up-to-date assessment of the current fire protection services as they relate to fire risk in the community and presented their findings to the Finance and Administration Committee.

December 2016

February 2017

  • Fire Services provided a report to the Emergency Services Committee regarding the Current Service Levels provided.

March 2017

Residents are invited to public information sessions on the proposed Fire and Paramedic Services Optimization Plan, which aims to achieve a One City, One Service delivery model in the community.

The Public Information sessions will take place as follows:

Monday, February 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Kinsmen Hall
15 Kin Dr., Lively (located inside the Library)

Wednesday, March 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Postponed
Colonial Inn
28 Cedar St., Coniston

Monday, March 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dowling Leisure Centre
79 Main St. West, Dowling

Wednesday, March 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Centennial Community Centre/Arena
4333 Centennial Dr., Hanmer

Thursday, March 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Falconbridge Community Centre
63 Edison Rd., Falconbridge

Monday, March 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Place
111 Larch St., Sudbury

Tuesday, March 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Edgar Leclair Community Centre/Arena
158 St Agnes St., Azilda

Wednesday, March 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wahnapitae Community Centre
161 Glenbower Cres., Wahnapitae

Thursday, March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
T.M. Davies Community Centre/Arena
325 Anderson Dr., Lively

Click on the links below to view response maps, the  public information session presentation and other information.

Status quo response times - Fire Districts (PDF)
Optimized response times - Fire Districts (PDF)

Status quo response times - Paramedic Services (PDF)
Optimized plan response times - Paramedic Services (PDF)

Public information session presentation (PDF)

Benefits of optimization (PDF)

IBI Group - Comprehensive Fire Services Review (PDF) 

Special Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 21 at 4  p.m.
Tom Davies Square
200 Brady St.


April 26, 2017

Special Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 26 at 4  p.m.
Tom Davies Square
200 Brady St.


Click on the links below to view the Fire and Paramedic Services Optimization Final Report.

Fire and Paramedic Services Optimization Executive Summary (PDF)
Fire and Paramedic Services Optimization Report (PDF)
Fire and Paramedic Services Optimization Appendix (PDF)