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October 27, 2010
Toronto Fire Services welcomes newest firefighters
Forty of the City’s newest firefighters will graduate after 16 weeks of training and five communications staff will also be recognized at a special event tomorrow.

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

Adding to the city’s diverse makeup is evident with the newest fire fighters having the ability to speak languages other than English such as French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Armenian and Slovenian.

Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Toronto Fire/EMS Training Centre, 895 Eastern Ave.

Fire Chief William Stewart will be joined by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East) and Deputy City Manager Richard Butts to congratulate the new firefighters. Master of Ceremonies will be Carolyn Mackenzie from Global Television.

After the 16 weeks of training, the new firefighters are able to perform fire ground and rescue operations including hazardous materials calls, respond to medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents, perform emergency medical care, educate the public about fire prevention and fire safety practices, conduct inspections and while in station, maintain fire fighting apparatus equipment. Communications Call Takers / Dispatchers are trained to receive emergency calls and dispatch fire apparatus and personnel through computer-aided dispatch and radio communication systems to ensure the safety of residents and fire fighters.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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