â€œNo one can argue with the goal of faster response,â€? says Pierre Vander Zweep, president of the Calgary Chapter of CANASA, â€œbut the Calgary plan has a number of weaknesses that will end up costing taxpayers way more than they are budgeting for.â€? CANASA had asked councilors not to approve the plan pending further input from the industry.
â€œWe believe that the plan has merit, but there are a number of legal and business issues which the Fire Department needs to address if they want to have a successful partnership with the industry on this,â€? said Scott Adamson, vice president of the chapter.
â€œWe want to assist in this effort, not be excluded from participating,â€? concluded Vander Zweep, â€œand we hope that City and Fire Department officials will view our comments as an effort to improve the plan from a safety and a taxpayer perspective.â€?