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November 12, 2009
Media Advisory - Toronto Fire Services welcomes newest fire fighters
This afternoon, 40 fire fighters will graduate after 16 weeks of training.

“This is indeed a proud moment for the new fire fighters and their families,” said Fire Chief William Stewart. “They have excelled in their training and will diligently serve the citizens of Toronto.”

Diversity is well reflected in this graduating class. One third of the grads are women or visible minorities, and some speak languages including French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Cantonese.

Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Toronto Fire/EMS Training Centre, 895 Eastern Ave.

After the 16 weeks of training, the new fire fighters are able 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 fire fighting apparatus equipment.

Mayor David Miller, Deputy City Manager Richard Butts and Chief Stewart will congratulate each new firefighter.

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line (416) 338-0763



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