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February 1, 2013
Toronto's newest firefighters complete their training
Forty of the City of Toronto’s newest firefighters graduated from the Toronto Fire Services recruit training program this afternoon. Mayor Rob Ford and Fire Chief Jim Sales welcomed each of the firefighters as they received their hat badges and certificates.

"Firefighters play a critical role in the life of our city - they are prepared to respond to emergencies any time of day or night," said Mayor Ford. "I have the utmost respect for them."

“This is indeed a proud moment for the new firefighters and their families,” said Chief Sales. “They have come a long way in their training and will proudly serve the residents of Toronto.”

The graduation ceremony was held at the Toronto Fire/EMS Training Centre on Eastern Avenue.

The training that the new firefighters received will enable them to perform fire ground and rescue operations including hazardous materials calls, respond to medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents, perform emergency patient care, educate the public about fire prevention and fire safety practices, conduct inspections and, while in station, maintain firefighting apparatus.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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