City, town of Canandaigua pursue fire study

The reasons are varied, but the city and town are looking to hire an outside consultant to study the state of how fire service is provided.

And results may address both staffing issues within the Canandaigua Fire Department and explore a regional approach to providing fire service in both the city and town of Canandaigua.

Members of City Council’s planning/development committee agreed Tuesday night to recommend that the Center for Public Safety Management, or CPSM, perform a comprehensive study of fire services. City Council would need to give the final OK.

The $50,000 cost will be split evenly between the city and town, City Manager John Goodwin said.

The hope is to prepare for the future as well as to spur a regional discussion of providing the service, which runs to nearly $2.5 million total for both municipalities.

“We’ve got to find a way to afford this,” Goodwin said. “We can’t do it alone.”

The study will help the department address future development, not just in the city but also in areas of the town, as well as open eyes to any risks that such projects pose, said Fire Chief Frank Magnera on Tuesday night.

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