Winnipeg and the surrounding 17 municipalities in the capital region have collaborated to create an area-wide fire-information reporting system and joint purchasing of firefighting equipment.
"It is the first step to a regional data base," Winnipeg Coun. Janice Lukes told a news conference Monday. "We can take a regional view on where services are most needed."
"That is definitely past due," said Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke, who pointed out that her mandate letter from the premier directed her to find ways that municipalities could better work together.
"Emergency response never exists in isolation," Clarke said.
The new system makes it simpler for municipal fire services to overlap each other's boundaries when a large fire requires help or covers more than one municipality.
"Winnipeg does not end, nor does the rest of the province begin, at the Perimeter," said Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Services Chief John Lane.
The capital region area represents 70 per cent of Manitoba's population.