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October 7, 1998
Media Advisory: Fire Services
A New Station for Fire Crews in Scarborough Community

(October 6th, 1998) Toronto - Toronto Fire Crews will be officially opening
their newest fire station tomorrow, October 6th, 1998 at 6:00 p.m at 3600
Danforth Avenue in the former community of Scarborough. New Fire Station #1 is
a 9000 square foot, $1.5 million dollar project. Designed by Thomas Brown
Architect, it has the potential to accommodate up to four fire trucks and their
crews. As it is a home away from home for fire crews, it also has exercise,
kitchen and dormitory facilities.

The new station will replace the old Station #1 which was built in 1925 and
formerly located at 351 Birchmount Road. Volunteer brigades were replace by
paid fire crews stationed at the 1925 hall. It also housed the township's jail
cell which is still intact in the basement area. The first paid Fire Chief of
Scarborough, Thomas Love, was stationed here, and members of his family will be
at tomorrow's ceremony. The community has very close ties with the old Station
#1, and Fire Chief Alan Speed has requested the assistance of local Reverend
Rob Gillingham of the Birchcliff Heights United Church to bless the new station
in a special dedication. All members of the Public are welcome to attend.

The second half of the station opening is the official launch of the Toronto
Fire Services partnership with the Scarborough Central Lyons Club and a new
joint program called "Puppy Love". Puppy Love is a program designed to assist
young children stressed or traumatized at emergency incidents. Fire Fighters
will give donated stuffed Dalmation dogs to young children whom they feel would
benefit from a soft, fuzzy, warm friend while in the midst of an emergency
situation. All of these stuffed dogs will be purchased by the Scarborough Lyons
through public donations. Donors will, in return, receive a thank you letter
from the Toronto Fire Services for their donation which will include a brief
description of the emergency incident and the recipient of the Dalmation.

These events are taking place during a particularly important time for Toronto
Fire Services, as it is Fire Prevention Week (October 4 - October 10). During
this week we are promoting "the Great Escape", a public education campaign
designed to encourage families to create and practise home fire escape plans.
Also taking place on October 6th is a Fire Alarm Drill and Total Evacuation of
the Toronto Star Building, 1 Yonge Street, at 1000 hours.

Media Contact
Marla Friebe
Information Officer

Thomas Searay- Gaston
Acting Information Officer
(416) 397-4336



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