08/24/2012

Ottawa, Ontario, August 24, 2012. The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and immediate AMO Past President Gary McNamara, presented a P.J. Marshall Certificate of Merit to the City of Brampton.
“I’m proud that we have been recognized for our efforts and I am also proud of the men and women in our emergency services,” said Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell. “These made-in-Brampton solutions help our firefighters reach emergencies faster, arming them with critical information so they can begin to coordinate their response to the emergency before they have even arrived at the scene.”

Brampton’s new automated vehicle location system ensures that every fire services vehicle is monitored so that when a call comes in, the vehicle that is best able to reach the location of the emergency is automatically identified. The system also immediately calculates the fastest route and provides this information to the responding vehicle via a Mobile Data Unit. 

Each vehicle is connected to an enhanced CAD system, providing information such as the location of fire hydrants, the type and nature of the subject and nearby buildings and any potential hazards in the area, helping the crew to prepare by reducing surprises. The system also supports the changing of traffic lights, to allow the fire services vehicle to proceed on green while en route. 

“This impressive project exemplifies the spirit of municipal innovation for using the latest software and technology to provide real benefits to their community,” said immediate past AMO President Gary McNamara.    

The P.J. Marshall Award is an annual competitive process organized by AMO that involves the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Centre for Public-Private Partnerships. Awards acknowledge municipalities who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in public-private partnerships. Submissions by Ontario municipalities are judged by a panel on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public. 

This year, one Plaque Award and two Certificates of Merit were awarded. The Region of Waterloo received a P.J. Marshall Plaque Award for its Transit Inventory Management Services Initiative.  A Certificate of Merit was also presented to the City of Hamilton, for processing biogas into natural gas for use in City vehicles and into Union Gas distribution at its Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.  

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