That’s how much firefighter response times would increase if Toronto City Council’s reckless plan to cut millions from fire services goes ahead. These are irresponsible cuts that will mean fewer firefighters, station closures, and will put us at risk.
Sixty-three seconds doesn’t sound like a long time. But in an emergency, every second counts. Sixty-three seconds is a very long time if you have a fire in your house or apartment. It’s an eternity if a loved one needs help right away.
It’s often a matter of life or death.
It will mean longer first response times. And even more importantly, it will take longer for reinforcements to arrive on the scene after the initial assessment.
We all know that City Council needs to save money. But it should not do this by compromising public safety and putting lives at risk.