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However, the Toronto Fire Department questioned the freeze, leading arbitrator Russell Goodfellow to sue the City of Toronto in violation of their collective agreement with the TPFFA. Union President Ed Kennedy welcomed the decision, but said two more classes would be needed in 2013 to effectively maintain an adequate level of staff. To meet Mayor Rob Ford`s 0% target for all services, the new budget calls for the elimination of 104 full-time jobs, the elimination of five front-line response vehicles and the closure of a fire station in West Swanseas. According to a statement issued by the TPFFA, “the city is already responding to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 Standard, which stipulates that four fighters should be on site in four minutes and 15 to 17 in eight minutes to give an adequate response to a two-story house. With fewer fire-ed vehicles and staff on the front line, these critical targets are even less achieved in the affected areas.┬áThe TPFFA denounced the proposed reductions as “dangerous measures that increase response times and reduce the capacity of firefighters.” Even former Toronto fire chief Bill Stewart criticized the budget cuts and warned that they could lead to higher insurance premiums. Sales, a career bureaucrat who was previously chief of fire in Edmonton and Markham, was appointed chief of the Toronto Fire in July and was more than happy to follow Ford`s attack on the public service. In his appointment, he expressed his ideological affinity with Ford`s “End the gravy train” rhetoric, stating that the Toronto Fire should be run “like a business” and that firefighters needed to “find efficiencies” across the country to “do more with less.” But according to Ed Kennedy, president of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association TPFFA, “The City plans to reduce a critical public safety service that citizens need at a time when the city`s operating surplus for 2012 was $US.C ridiculous. Even if cuts are needed, public safety should not be targeted. Fire safety is not a sauce. The city should find ways to improve public safety, not in a targeted way. Prior to this new round of cuts, Toronto Fire was already facing a shortage of staff and the union struggled to fill vacancies with new recruits. Last year, The Toronto Fire was forced to delay two hiring classes due to a hiring stoppage, another class was postponed earlier this year. In a briefing letter released on December 7, Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales indicated that large incisions are underway for the Toronto Fire Fighters.

The note states that “the proposed 2013 core budget for Toronto firefighters includes $12.705 million in reductions needed to meet the budget target of a 0% increase over the 2012 budget.” (More information is provided by mail after availability).) It is difficult to imagine how Sales` “Do more with less” approach will help correct the results of the 2009 Toronto Fire Services Review, which, as noted by the TPFFA above, has found that there are areas such as reaction times where Toronto Fire is already lagging behind other major Canadian cities. Fewer firefighters with fewer vehicles will only be used to light the flames. He has represented most of his career with the Scarborough and Toronto Fire Fighters Association, for which he received the IAFF Leadership Award. Our deepest condolences to his wife Dina, his family and friends. Firefighters, as well as teachers, library staff and many other public service employees, are feeling the warmth of the austerity agenda currently being managed by all three levels of government. But it will be up to firefighters to take the lead in the fight against the sale and budgets of ford reduction and freeze to defend the safety not only of the public, but also of colleagues.

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