With the official dissolution of the Village of Hythe in a hamlet in Grande Prairie County on July 1, the Hythe Fire Department will play an important role in the transition plan.
Hythe Fire Department Fire Chief Matthew Fisher said while the details are not set in stone, he believes they will follow along with the transition with the rest of the services run by the municipality.
“Once the village is officially dissolved, more or less, it will be the start of change and it will take a little time for everything to be integrated and it will take a little time for everything to happen. “
The Hythe Fire Department has been providing service to the village for over 92 years, Fisher says they will still have up to 100 years of service.
“I heard that it is important for the county that we keep our own identity ourselves and continue to count to 100, but we will be a county station and with that we will count their number, as long as they ‘I have also existed.
Fisher says residents cannot expect any downtime during the transition and believes they will be able to serve the community as a whole even better than before.
“We will continue to operate from the station we are presently in, and the village that will be a hamlet and the surrounding county that we are responsible for now will not experience any disruption in service, things will continue as normal.”
Fisher says the chain of command will be slightly different as their department will begin reporting to the county fire chief and the county itself when the village is dissolved. He adds that this will help bring more benefits to the future hamlet.
“Obviously there is always a little nervousness just for some of these strangers, but, for the most part, that will mean more resources for us. “
According to previous news, the village of Hythe will be officially dissolved as an autonomous municipality and will become a hamlet on July 1. The dissolution of the village of Hythe was made official following an Order in Council approved by the provincial government on Wednesday.