Retain the current number of fire trucks at the Riverdale Fire Station at 324 Gerrard St. at Carlaw Ave. until a fire service plan for the area is completed.
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A local fire service plan should be a prerequisite before altering neighbourhood fire servcice resources. Emeregency service level decisions should not be made without a detailed analysis that includes an assessment of response times, staffing levels, vehicle requirements necessary to sustain adequate fire protection and a study projecting both population growth and urban form development.
The Riverdale Fire Station serves a fast growing and evolving part of the city. The Carlaw condo area, Riverdale, Cabbagetown, the Film Industry south of Eastern, the West Donlands and East Bayfront precinct are all rapidly growing areas that should be considerd as part of any assessment of emergency service needs.
Currently, the Riverdale Fire Station has two trucks: An aerial and a hazmat (hazardous materials). The aerial is what is being proposed to be eliminated. This poses a number of issues that should be specifically addressed in any fire service level assessment:
- The aerial truck is critical for emergencies involving tall buildings
- The Riverdale Fire Station aerial truck also serves as its all purpose fire truck. Without the aerial truck, the Riverdale Fire Station would have limited capacity (and resources) to engage fire emergencies since the second truck is a specialized hazmat truck.
- The hazmat truck is often used for calls outside the neighbourhood, which means that without a second truck, the Riverdale Fire Station would have no trucks for long periods of time while the hazmat truck is in service
- The aerial truck is also modified for decon services (decontamination) when emergency personnel are involved in incidents involving hazardous materials. The elimination of the aerial truck would remove an important asset that serves emergency personnel across the city.
- The aerial truck was specially designed for the Riverdale Fire Station
A local fire service plan could very well conclude that a fire truck could be removed from the Riverdale Fire Station without affecting emergency service levels, but until that assessment is completed and shared with the community, the status quo should be preserved. Emergency service level decisions should not be made arbitrarily.
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