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October 25, 2012
City of Toronto announces program to support residents interested in a firefighting career
Three City of Toronto divisions - Fire Services, Employment & Social Services, and Parks, Forestry & Recreation - have initiated a new program to address challenges faced by low-income residents from diverse communities who are seeking firefighting careers with the City of Toronto.

Developed collaboratively by the three divisions, the 12-week Firefighting Career Awareness Program will begin this January. The program will enable participants to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to meet the minimum requirements to participate in the City's annual firefighter recruitment process.

The initiative will reduce barriers to City of Toronto jobs, leverage existing resources and advance workplace diversity.

More details about this program will be provided at public information sessions that will be held between November 26 and December 6. Dates and times for the five sessions are listed at

Toronto residents interested in attending an information session can obtain more details and register by calling 416-397-JOBS (5627).

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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David Sheen
Division Chief, Toronto Fire Services



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