SaskPower Liability of Firefighting Fees
WHEREAS rural municipalities must incur the cost of firefighting incidents that occur as a result of failures of SaskPower owned equipment and infrastructure, where SaskPower claims no legal basis for making payment of such costs in the absence of negligence; and
WHEREAS rural municipalities, volunteer firefighters and council members are committed to ensuring their communities are safe and have the resources available to respond to all firefighting incidents; and
WHEREAS rural municipalities vary in size and are limited to available firefighting funding and resources, therefore depending on the severity of a fire incident, can be burdened with unpaid SaskPower firefighting costs related to the failure of SaskPower owned equipment and infrastructure; and
WHEREAS SaskPower being a crown corporation has a duty to the Saskatchewan public to ensure that all owned equipment and infrastructure are properly maintained and monitored;
BE IT RESOLVED SARM lobby the Province of Saskatchewan to hold the operation of the crown corporation SaskPower, to a higher standard than privately-owned utility companies across Canada regarding SaskPower policy on firefighting costs to ensure transparency and fairness to all residents within Saskatchewan; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED SARM lobby the Province of Saskatchewan to address the matter of unpaid SaskPower firefighting costs resulting from failure of SaskPower owned equipment and infrastructure.