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Fire agencies sign onto automatic aid agreement

Feb. 5th mutual training exercise (Source: Camden County Commissioners Office) Feb. 5th mutual training exercise (Source: Camden County Commissioners Office)

Local fire departments send mutual aid to help a neaby department out when fire is reported. Now three area departments, Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR), the Kingsland Fire Department (KFD) and the St. Marys Fire Department are taking that assistance a step further, called a Mutual and Automatic Aid Agreement.

The agreement signed is designed to improve efficiency, reduce response timesand improve the level of service for the citizens of Camden County. Under the agreement the three departments will begin training yogether and the unit that is geographically closest to a call location will respond.

The first joint training sessions were held on Feb. 5.

The agreement is the result of unprecedented cooperation between the Camden County Board of Commissioners, the Kingsland City Council and the St. Marys City Council. The agreement was one of the options proposed by the International City/County Management.

All the City and County Elected Officials as well as the City and County Fire Chiefs involved in drafting and implementing the new mutual aid agreed that this is positive step forward in providing all the citizens of Camden County the best possible fire and EMS service.

County Administrator Steve Howard said the agreement is testament to the power of committed cooperation. "This an important milestone and clearly demonstrates to the people of Camden County that their elected officials and their local governments will work together for the common good. This is a proud moment in the history of Camden County," said Howard in a news release.

Association (ICMA) Center for Public Safety Management was fired in 2013 to study the feasibility of condolidation of fire services within the county. The ICMA final report stressed the need to increase safety for citizens of Camden County by improving response times to emergency calls.

According to the ICMA study, When implemented properly, consolidation works to overcome jurisdictional boundaries, ensures that the closest unit reponds after recepit of a 911 call, and potentially improves reponse times.

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