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February 4, 2002
Lastman pushes for 55 new firefighters
An additional 55 firefighters for the City are "absolutely critical" to
maintain public safety at its current level, Mayor Mel Lastman said today,
vowing to push for the new recruits at this afternoon's Budget Advisory

"I'll be voting for it and I'll be encouraging other committee members to
follow suit," Lastman said. "Toronto is one of the safest cities in the world
and I want to keep it that way."

Lastman said the $1.6 million it will cost to hire the new recruits will be
difficult to find but that Budget Chief David Shiner is confident the City can
come up with the money.

Councillor Brad Duguid, chairman of the Community Services Committee, and Fire
Chief Alan Speed have said that the additional hires are vital to maintaining
current safety levels for both the public and the firefighters currently on the

Lastman, Duguid and Speed will all be available for comment at the official
opening of the amalgamated communications centre for Toronto Fire Services
taking place this morning at 11:45 a.m. at 4330 Dufferin Street.

Media Contact
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Scot Magnish, Mayor's Office



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