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August 17, 2007
Toronto Firefighters at the CNE
Toronto Fire Services invites the public to attend a unique and exciting schedule of events throughout the duration of the 2007 Canadian National Exhibition.

Firefighters, Fire Prevention Inspectors, and Public Educators will offer education and entertainment at Fire Station 346 on Ontario Drive, which was built in 1922 and is a seasonal station that is operational only throughout the CNE. Each day the station will be a hub of activity for visitors interested in obtaining essential fire safety information. Visitors can speak with a firefighter, have their face painted, or simply come in to view the station which has always been a traditional point of interest each year for thousands who visit the Ex.

The Warrior’s Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18 and Toronto Firefighters will participate by marching in the free-world’s longest running veterans’ parade.

On Kid’s Day, Monday, August 20, Fire Prevention Division Chief Mike Gerrard will officially launch the ‘Great Escape Display’ donated by both the Co-operators and Staying Alive. Well known musician and children’s entertainer Al Simmons will be on hand for four shows to entertain both the little and big ones alike.

On Green Day, Tuesday, August 21, come over and view Toronto Fire Services’ Toyota Hybrid on display outside the station, or perhaps schedule your visit for Thursday, August 23rd, on both Fire Services’ and Seniors’ Day. In addition to our seniors’ fire safety themed station display, the daily Mardi Gras Parade will feature the Toronto Fire Services. Fire Chief William Stewart is Parade Marshal, and will be joined by our Sparky mascot, as well as the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums Band, Toronto Professional Firefighter’s Association War Veterans’ Colour Guard, uniformed staff, and a selection of frontline apparatus.
Scheduled events for Toronto Fie continue throughout the CNE , including participation in the annual Labour Day Parade.

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Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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