New Toronto Fire recruits will graduate with enhanced skills

Jan 26, 2017 - Mayor John Tory, Deputy City Manager John Livey and Interim Fire Chief Matthew Pegg welcomed 20 new recruits and three newly appointed fire protection engineers during a ceremony

Toronto Fire Services (TFS) will launch an Operations Firefighter Recruitment campaign on Monday. Those recruits will be the first to graduate from the Toronto Fire Academy with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) professional qualifications in both fire prevention and public education. They will also graduate with full Firefighter qualifications. 

The introduction of NFPA fire prevention and public education professional qualifications in the Operations Division and the comprehensive TFS Operations-based Fire Code Inspection Program, are key components of the TFS Transformation Plan, introduced earlier this year. These initiatives, believed to be a first in Canada, leverage the expertise and capacity within the Operations Division and enhance Fire Protection service levels across the City. 

“Toronto Fire Services is committed to ensuring the fire and life safety of all residents and businesses in Toronto,” said Fire Chief Matthew Pegg. “The introduction of this revolutionary program is a made-in-Toronto solution that addresses the unique fire protection challenges that exist in Canada’s largest city while avoiding significant costs that would otherwise be associated with delivering the same results under the traditional deployment model.”

Information about the updated Operations Firefighter hiring process will be available on Monday.

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