Fire Chief Misled Public on Impact of Cuts, Firefighters Warn


Fire Chief Misled Public on Impact of Cuts, Firefighters Warn
Wednesday April 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:April 23, 2014 Fire Chief Misled Public on Impact of Cuts, Firefighters Warn Public deserves the whole story about the number of trucks out of service TORONTO -- Fire Chief Jim Sales misled the citizens of Toronto with his claim that taking four more fire trucks out of service is no different than an existing service reduction practice called gapping, Toronto firefighters charge. What the Chief avoided saying in his press conference Tuesday is that the gapping is ongoing, and Monday's cuts are in addition to those previous staffing shortfalls, says Ed Kennedy, President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association. So in reality, instead of four trucks we now have eight or nine trucks out of service every day across Toronto, Kennedy said, and the city has now multiplied the negative impact on the department's ability to respond quickly and with enough personnel to fires, medical calls such as heart attacks and other emergencies. "I guess it's a Toronto tradition, waiting for the media to ask you the right question before you tell them the whole story," Kennedy said. "Anyone listening to the Chief's comments Tuesday would have concluded that Monday's cuts are instead of the gapping, not in addition. I would challenge Chief Sales to look the media in the eye and be clear about the number of trucks out of service in Toronto every day. The public deserves the whole story, not half the story." On Monday, the city decommissioned four fire trucks in various Toronto firehalls as a tax savings measure, a move that needlessly reduces emergency response capabilities while saving taxpayers just two cents per day, in a city that had a $248 million budget surplus in 2012. The cuts roll back the number of fire trucks in Toronto to pre-amalgamation levels, despite the fact that the population has grown by 300,000 and the number of homes, business and institutions that need protection has also skyrocketed. Last year, Chief Sales said taking these four trucks out of service wouldn't affect response times, but on Tuesday he said the city would be monitoring the situation to see if the response times are affected "more than our calculations." But he failed to tell residents exactly how response times are being affected. The TPFFA estimates that emergency road response times could increase 25 per cent in some areas of the city at a time when every second counts. The Chief also talks about working toward improving the city's insurance grading, and cites a number of technical measures from a recent Fire Underwriters Report that are designed to speed up fire department response, measures such as predictive modeling, interactive GPS and pre-emptive traffic signal control. But the most recent cuts were made before any of these measures were implemented or even studied in detail to know whether they will in fact improve response times. "In his press conference the fire chief complains that it's a challenge to keep fire trucks on the road every day due to budget restraints. What's he doing to meet that challenge? Nothing. He's taking yet more fire trucks out of service. It is not a leadership move and it's not what Toronto homeowners and taxpayers expect and deserve," Kennedy said. "Chief Sales says the safety of the citizens and his firefighters is paramount, but his deeds don't match his words. That's my two cents' worth." CONTACT Ed Kennedy,President – kennedy@torontofirefighters.org (416-805-3888) Frank Ramagnano, Media Relations- ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org (647-224-3888) About the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.
 

Mayor's Fire Truck Campaign Tasteless: Fire Fighters


Mayor's Fire Truck Campaign Tasteless: Fire Fighters Rob Ford Exchanges Public Safety for a cheap political stunt FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2014 TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford's decision to use a fire truck to trumpet his false claims about taxpayer savings Thursday is a slap in the face to tens of thousands of Toronto residents whose fire protection levels will decrease Monday when four actual fire trucks are taken out of service, says the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association. Astonishingly, the cuts and resulting delays in emergency response will save the average Toronto taxpayer a measly two cents a day, says TPFFA President Ed Kennedy. "Mayor Rob Ford's actions today were utterly tasteless," said Kennedy, a Scarborough resident who stands to be affected by the cuts. "Public safety is not a game or a political trinket, it's a mayor's number one responsibility to his citizens. And when the consequences of these cuts to frontline services become evident, Rob Ford had better be prepared to face those families and explain why he jeopardized their safety in exchange for a cheap photo op." Starting Monday, it will take fire fighters longer to reach addresses in the event of fires, medical emergencies such as heart attacks and other emergencies such as vehicle accidents where victims may be trapped and require extrication, due to the decommissioning of four fire trucks. Affected residents will notice increased response times, but won't notice any savings on their tax bills, nor will their tax bills be lower than other Toronto residents whose fire trucks aren't being cut and who will receive faster emergency response. The mayor's claim that he's saved taxpayers a billion dollars has been proven false time and time again by media and by financial experts alike, as are his claims that any cuts to services are inconsequential. Last year, Mayor Ford cut several training officers, which caused the city to fall below accepted standards for fire department training, according to the City Auditor. It was fireground survival training that saved a fire fighter's life in a recent 'mayday' situation Kennedy noted. Training cuts put the public's and fire fighters' lives at risk. "As an affected resident, I'm furious that Rob Ford is jeopardizing the safety of my family and my property in exchange for what is a cheap photo-op in support of his baseless financial claims," Kennedy said. "If there's one thing taxpayers expect their tax dollars to do, it's to protect them. It's supposed to be the mayor's number one job. Taxes should be used to provide essential, lifesaving services – not as a political gimmick or as a stick to beat people with," he said. "If Mayor Ford is trotting out a fire truck as a prop in the election campaign, then I would urge the residents impacted and all Torontonians to ask him why he feels the residents of the greatest city in the world deserve decreasing fire protection and decreasing levels of public safety, and cheap political gimmicks instead of innovation and real leadership. True leaders take public safety seriously." Ed Kennedy President Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association Frank Ramagnano> Media Relations- ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org (647-224-3888) Ed Kennedy, President – kennedy@torontofirefighters.org (416-805-3888 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416-805-3888 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting) About the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.  

Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association launches petition to stop planned removal of pumper trucks


Beach Mirror The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA) has launched a petition to protest the city’s planned removal of four pumper trucks from fire stations in Scarborough, Bloor West Village and Etobicoke. As of this month, the trucks will be removed from Stations 424 on Runnymede Road in Bloor West, Station 413 on Albion Road in Etobicoke, Station 213 on Lapsley Road in Scarborough and Station 214 on Lawrence Avenue in Scarborough. The TPFFA says the removal of these trucks will compromise safety in the communities surrounding the stations by impacting response times and will result in the permanent loss of 84 firefighter jobs. The association points out that the cost of keeping the trucks in service would be only $8 year a person. The petition asks residents to sign to protest the planned removals of the pumpers and demand that city council reverse the decision made earlier this year on the Toronto Fire Services 2014 Operating Budget. The campaign is called Seconds Count. The petition and more info can be accessed at www.secondscounttoronto.ca/take-action According to the TPFFA, all of the trucks designated for removal have been busy answering recent calls. Pumper 413, at 1549 Albion Rd., has been quite busy; attending two four alarm fires where it was one of the first arriving vehicles on scene and was directly involved in firefighting operations. On the evening of Feb. 19, a serious fire broke out in the basement of a fabric store in the Thistletown area. The heavy load from the stored fabric collapsed early on in the fire, causing the evacuation of residents in the apartments located above the store displacing 10-15 people. Pumper 413 played a key role being the first arriving apparatus and its crew entered and began to extinguish the fire and assist in the removal of occupants, said the association. The pumper was also among the first to arrive at a large four alarm industrial fire at 15 Fenmar Dr. on Feb. 15. President Ed Kennedy of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association said the cutting of the pumpers puts public safety at risk. “Council’s actions reckless and dangerous to the public,” he said in a release. “The people of north Etobicoke and Rexdale are being put at risk by the removal of Pumper 413 and 424 (Bloor/West). Response times will begin to increase by an unacceptable margin. In this business, seconds really count.” Even though there will be one apparatus remaining to man the station on Albion Road, Kennedy stated, “Toronto Fire has long recognized that the lack of resources and station locations lead to unacceptable response times in northwest Etobicoke and that is why the two apparatus were co-located at Station 413. There has been a call for a station to be built in the Woodbine Racetrack area in order to bring response times down to acceptable levels.” Kennedy pointed out in the release that public safety is also at risk in east Scarborough where two other trucks are slated to be pulled – Station 21 on Lapsley Road and Station 215 at 5318 Lawrence Ave E. near Port Union Road. According to the TPFFA, on Feb. 26 just after 7:30 p.m. firefighters responded to a fire on the 10th floor at 3947 Lawrence Ave. E., a high rise apartment building at Orton Park Rd. Multiple calls were received by dispatch for a serious working fire. Flames could be seen on the 10th floor balcony and upon arrival; residents met firefighters telling them people were trapped. First arriving crews made their way to the 10th floor to rescue the trapped residents. The smoke was thick and black and permeated the stairwell and several floors above the fire. The next crew to arrive on scene, Pumper 215 from Lawrence Avenue, (to be decommissioned this month) made their way up to the 10th floor to assist with fire suppression and search for residents. The fast growing fire and heavy black smoke put the large number of building occupants at great risk. Limited resources on scene hampered the firefighter’s abilities to perform both rescue and fire suppression simultaneously in the crucial first few minutes of the fire, said the TPFFA. Crews pulled two people from the building; one from the apartment on fire without vital signs and a second person was rescued from the hallway on the 10th floor. She was brought outside without vital signs. Two firefighters from Station 215, performed CPR on one of the victims until EMS arrived and transported the patients to the hospital where they remain in serious condition. These fire crews and their pumper trucks have played a vital role at many emergency scenes recently, said the TPFFA, and their dedicated response will be missed in the communities they serve and across the city. The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Two Dead, Two Critical After Early Morning West End Fire


Two dead, two critical after early morning west end fire Friday March 07, 2014 Link below on checking batteries with clock change. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ5yQ94i67k&feature... A serious fire occurred early Friday morning on Dovercourt Rd., in the city's west end. Toronto Firefighter's quick response resulted in 3 victims being pulled from the fire in critical condition. One person was found deceased at the scene and one other succumbed to their injuries after being taken to hospital. Firefighters report that there were no working smoke detectors on the second floor where the victims were found. Firefighters were called to the blaze just after 3 a.m. and crews were on scene within 5 minutes. Firefighters quickly located 4 residents and removed them for transport to hospital. Proper working smoking alarms could have alerted them of the fire. Fifty-five fire-fighters were involved in battling the blaze at the height of the fire. One firefighter was injured but remained on the scene. The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1. Your local fire fighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home. "You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month," says Frank Ramagnano, Executive officer of Local 3888. Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a fire if ignited. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that work 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival if your home catches on fire. Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' remind you to not only change your clock for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too. In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 for your local fire fighters. Ed Kennedy and Frank Ramagnano are available to discuss the importance of checking smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks for Daylight Savings Time. Media Relations - Frank Ramagnano - ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org ( 647-224-3888 ) Ed Kennedy, President of Local 3888 - kennedy@torontofirefighters.org ( 416-805-3888 ) About the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association. Download Two_dead_two_critical_after_early_morning_west_end_fire.pdf

Mothballed Trucks by Budget Cuts Still Saving Lives


Mothballed Trucks by Budget Cuts Still Saving Lives Thursday March 06, 2014 On January 30th 2014 Toronto City Council passed the 2014 Operating Budget choosing to accept the increased risk and by reducing frontline service levels. This will see 4 frontline apparatus (P213-Lapsley, P215-Port Union, P413-Albion, P424-Runnymede) and their corresponding crews permanently removed from service. March 3, 2014 Pumper 424 Within an hour and a half P424 responded to 3 major emergency calls. At 7:04 a.m. on the Eastbound Gardiner, P424 was dispatched to an emergency call involving a cube van on fire, where they played an instrumental role in containing the fire and cooling two propane tanks located at the back of the van. Immediately upon returning to their station, they were dispatched to a medical call involving a man who complained of dizziness and had trouble breathing. P424 was the first emergency vehicle on the scene and treated the patient. Once again, upon arriving back to the station, they were dispatched to a 4 car collision with one car on its roof with a trapped occupant who suffered multiple fractures and serious bleeding. The crew controlled the bleeding and assisted in the extrication of the patient. February 27, 2014 Pumper 413 P413 responded to a fire at Dr. Flea's on 8 Westmore in Rexdale. P413 extinguished the fire and contained the area, working in zero visibility. P413 and R413 also had difficulties locating the ventilation doors due to the lack of visibility and the amount of merchandise in the building. The crews experienced difficult conditions extinguishing the fire and ventilating the heavy smoke conditions. February 25, 2014 Pumper 215 and 213 P215 and P213 responded to a blaze at a residential high-rise apartment building located on Lawrence Avenue East. Two people were revived by fire crews and taken to the hospital in critical condition while two others were treated for minor smoke inhalation. The quick response of P215, as one of the first arriving crews played a major role in the rescue of these victims. The fire was contained in one unit but smoke conditions were heavy on several floors. http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/2-people-injured-in-apartment-blaze-in-scarborough-1.1704105 Media Relations- Frank Ramagnano- ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org ( 647-224-3888 ) Ed Kennedy, President –kennedy@torontofirefighters.org ( 416-805-3888 ) About the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

A Safety Message From The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association


A Safety Message From The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association Thursday March 06, 2014 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ5yQ94i67k&feature=youtu.be Change Your Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries for Daylight Savings Time Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association Local 3888 fire fighters remind you to not only change your clock for Daylight Savings Time but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too. "Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years," says Ed Kennedy, President of Local 3888. Special smoke alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired. The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1. Your local fire fighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home. "You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month," says Frank Ramagnano, Executive officer of Local 3888. Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a fire if ignited. More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival if your home catches on fire. In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters. Ed Kennedy and Frank Ramagnano are available to discuss the importance of checking smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks for Daylight Savings Time. Media Relations- Frank Ramagnano- ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org ( 647-224-3888 ) Ed Kennedy, President of Local 3888- kennedy@torontofirefighters.org ( 416-805-3888 ) About the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

These Trucks Do Make a Difference


These Trucks Do Make a Difference Friday February 28, 2014 On February 26th just after 7:30 p.m. Toronto Firefighters responded to a fire on the 10thfloor at 3947 Lawrence Ave. E., a high rise apartment building at Orton Park Rd. Multiple calls were received by dispatch for a serious working fire. Flames could be seen on the tenth floor balcony and upon arrival; residents met firefighters telling them people were trapped. First arriving crews made their way to the 10th floor to rescue the trapped residents. The smoke was thick and black and permeated the stairwell and several floors above the fire. The next crew to arrive on scene, P215, (to be decommissioned in April) made their way up to the 10th floor to assist with fire suppression and search for residents. The fast growing fire and heavy black smoke put the large number of building occupants at great risk. Limited resources on scene hampered the firefighter's abilities to perform both rescue and fire suppression simultaneously in the crucial first few minutes of the fire. Toronto Fire currently does not meet National Fire Protection Agency 1710 standard for Fire Service deployment. Crews pulled two people from the building; one from the apartment on fire without vital signs and a second person was rescued from the hallway on the 10th floor. She was brought outside without vital signs. Two firefighters from Station 215, a station slated to lose 1 fire truck, performed CPR on one of the victims until EMS arrived and transported the patients to the hospital where they remain in serious condition. In April 2014 due to recent budget cuts Toronto Fire will be removing the following apparatus and crews from service- P213 (Lapsley), P215 (Port Union), P413 (Albion), P424 (Runnymede). These crews have played a vital role at many emergency scenes in recent days. Their dedicated response will be missed in the communities they serve and across the city. Media Relations- Frank Ramagnano- ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org ( 647-224-3888 ) About the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Albion Rd Pumper Slated For Removal From Service Very Busy With Recent Fires


Albion Rd Pumper Slated For Removal From Service Very Busy With Recent Fires Tuesday February 25, 2014 Toronto Pumper 413 located at Station # 413 at 1549 Albion Road is slated to be removed from service in the coming months by a recent decision of Toronto City Council on the Toronto Fire Services 2014 Operating Budget. It has been quite busy over the past week in attending two 4th Alarm Fires where it was one of the first arriving apparatus on scene and was directly involved in firefighting operations. On the evening of Wednesday, February 19th at approximately 6pm a serious fire broke out in the basement of a fabric store in the Thistletown area. The heavy load from the stored fabric collapsed early on in the fire, causing the evacuation of residents in the apartments located above the store displacing 10-15 people. Pumper 413 played a key role being the first arriving apparatus and its crew entered and began to extinguish the fire and assist in the removal of occupants. The Pumper was also among the first to arrive at a large 4th Alarm Industrial Fire at 15 Fenmar on Saturday, February 15th. President Ed Kennedy of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association calls "Council's actions reckless and dangerous to the Public. The people of North Etobicoke and Rexdale are being put at risk by the removal of Pumper 413 and 424 (Bloor/West). Response times will begin to increase by an unacceptable margin. In this business, seconds really count." Kennedy also points out this is also the case in East Scarborough where 2 other trucks are slated to be pulled. (Station 213- 37 Lapsley and station 215- 5318 Lawrence Ave E). Even though there will be one apparatus remaining to man the Station on Albion Rd, President Kennedy states "Toronto Fire has long recognized that the lack of resources and station locations lead to unacceptable response times in North West Etobicoke and that is why the two apparatus were co-located at Station 413. There has been a call for a station to be built in the Woodbine Racetrack area in order to bring response times down to acceptable levels." Media Relations- Frank Ramagnano- ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org ( 647-224-3888 ) About the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

GlobalFire Deploys a Capacity Building Team to the Hard-Hit Philippines


GlobalFire Deploys a Capacity Building Team to the Hard-Hit Philippines Monday February 24, 2014 On Wednesday February 26th, GlobalFire is deploying a 14 member Capacity Building Team (CBT) to Tacloban City, Leyte Province, in The Philippines.Tacloban City was destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan on November 8th.The storm was the most powerful ever recorded making landfall.It killed thousands and devastated infrastructure through the region.Emergency service capacity in affected areas has been severely degraded due to the loss of stations, vehicles and the deaths of emergency service workers. In an effort to assist local authorities rebuild their shattered fire and ambulance services, GlobalFire's CBT will spend 14 days equipping and training local fire fighters and paramedics from the Philippine "Bureau of Fire Protection" (BFP). GlobalFire's CBT is comprised of professional fire fighters who are donating their expertise, time and money conduct this operation. Eleven of the men and women on this team are Toronto Fire Fighters, with others coming from Calgary, Lethbridge and the Canadian Office of the International Association of Fire Fighters. About GlobalFire: GlobalFire is a fire service based international aid charity, based in Toronto, with members worldwide.It is an operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF), a registered Canadian charity (CRN 882588619 RR0001) that runs disaster response and capacity building programs in developing countries around the world. GlobalFire has conducted 15 international aid operations since its creation in 2010.All of the equipment, training and repairs GlobalFire provides third world recipients are free of charge. Media Contacts: Matt Capobianco – Manager of Emergency Programs Cell: 416.271.0717 Email:mcapobianco@globalfire.ca Craig Lester – Project Co-ordinator Cell: 705.730.0611 Email:clester@globalfire.ca Frank Ramagnano – Toronto Fire Fighters Cell: 647.224.3888 Email:ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org GlobalFire – 20 Claireport Crescent – Unit #9 – Etobicoke, ON – M9W 6P6 – 416.916.0522 Website: www.globalfire.ca Twitter: @globalfiredmgf

Start a Heart Healthy Lifestyle During Heart Month


Friday February 14, 2014 Start a Heart Healthy Lifestyle During Heart Month Toronto, Ontario –As the second leading cause of death for both men and women in Canada, staying active and improving healthy eating habits during Heart Month this February – and going forward – can help increase public health nationwide and prevent heart attack and disease from happening to you and your loved ones. Valentine's Day is the perfect day to start a heart healthy lifestyle. Coronary heart disease is caused by plaque build-up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart and can result in heart attack, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias. Today heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes and 90% if Canadians have at least one risk factor. Heart Month is the Heart and Stroke Foundation's key opportunity to reach millions of Canadians in February and alert them to the risk of heart disease and stroke. Fire fighters respond to cardiac events and know firsthand the survivability rate due to cardiovascular events. "Thousands of people die every year from heart attacks," says Frank Ramagnano, a fire fighter with Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association IAFF Local 3888. The nature of the job also puts fire fighters at greater risk for cardiovascular disease. "Because of the physical demands of the job, fire fighters must stay healthy and physically fit," says Frank Ramagnano. "Annual medical and physical exams are critical ways to prevent and reduce heart attacks and heart disease. Regular exercise, eating a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol are all great ways to reduce your risk." Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association IAFF Local 3888 encourages you to keep the following Center for Disease Control tips in mind to help prevent heart disease: · Eat a healthy diet. A heart healthy diet includes beans, fibrous fruits and vegetables and whole grains. · Quit smoking. Cigarette smoke greatly increases risk for heart diseases · Exercise regularly. Physical activity – at least 30-60 minutes, three times a week – can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Heart Attack Symptoms There are five major symptoms of a heart attack. If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, please call 9-1-1 immediately. 1. Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back 2. Feeling weak, light-headed or faint 3. Chest pain or discomfort 4. Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder 5. Shortness of breath Remember to immediately call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. For more information about heart health, visit heartandstroke.com Media Relations- Frank Ramagnano- ramagnano@torontofirefighters.org ( 647-224-3888 ) President- Ed Kennedy- kennedy@torontofirefighters.org ( 416-805-3888 ) About the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) represents the fire fighters of the Toronto Fire Services. Formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the TPFFA brought together the former associations into a new association. The association is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), as Local 3888, and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Firefighters ad looks to rescue trucks, staff from being cut in city budget


TORONTO – Every second counts when responding to a fire, according to an ad from the Toronto Firefighters Association that warns of a ghastly scenario should the city’s proposed budget be passed by city councillors.

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Toronto Professional Firefighters Association News Conference


Ed Kennedy, President of the Toronto Professional Firefighters Association, addresses the media and screens television ad.

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‘We can’t afford the risk’: Toronto fire fighters paint dire picture if trucks are removed


The City of Toronto will eliminate four fire trucks and cut 84 firefighters if a budget passed by the city’s executive committee wins approval from city council.

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Riverdale and East York fire halls could face loss of trucks, crew members in 2014 Toronto Budget


That’s the message Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher (Toronto-Danforth) underlined while discussing a proposal in the upcoming city budget to eliminate an aerial fire truck from the Riverdale Fire Station at 840 Gerrard St. E. at Carlaw Avenue.

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High-Rise Press Conference Summary


High-rise building fires are a matter of life and death. And as local governments and municipalities struggle with public safety budgets, a new study led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that communities considering cutting fire fighter crew sizes need to take a second look.

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Firefighters Respond to High Rise Fire


Watch video of firefighters responding to a fire in a high rise building.

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Ice Storm 2014: Toronto Firefighters Rise to the Occasion


"The ice storm just prior to Christmas 2013 was a challenging time for so many, especially emergency workers and hydro crews. Toronto Fire Fighters experienced an unprecedented call volume during the height of the natural disaster and as always, rose to the occasion to serve the citizens of Toronto who were in desperate need.”

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Firefighters battle flames, cold weather at three-alarm fire in Yorkville


Toronto firefighters have gone into a defensive attack as they try to contain and extinguish a three-alarm blaze that ripped through a commercial building in Yorkville on Wednesday.

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1 injured in Oakwood Avenue fire


One person suffered smoke inhalation and burns to the leg in a fire that broke out this afternoon on Oakwood Avenue, a few blocks south of St. Clair Avenue West.

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Cabbagetown house fire leaves two residents injured


Firefighters had to battle more than flames when they were called to a house fire just east of Toronto's downtown core early Friday morning.

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Firefighters battle industrial blaze in the Junction


Firefighters battled a two-alarm industrial blaze in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto early New Year’s Day.

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Firefighter hurt in fall at home on Kennedy Road


A firefighter was injured when responding to a call in the city’s east end on Monday night.

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Firefighters donate $40,000 to Sunnybrook burn unit


Now that the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is treating 100 additional patients a year, a donation from Toronto firefighters is even more meaningful.

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2013 Daily Bread Food Bank


At Toronto Fire Station 332 on November 27th, the Daily Bread Food Bank launched it's seasonal appeal for food and financial donations along with the assistance of the Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association.

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Remembrance Day 2013: East York Service


Toronto Fire Fighters participate in the annual East York Remembrance Day Services on November 11, 2013.

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R435 Acting Captain Talks about helping Honeymooners


R435 A/C, Paul Dodds discusses their kind and generous act of helping Italian Honeymooners catch a flight out of Pearson Airport after an unfortunate accident involving a collapsed overhead sign on the highway.

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Toronto firefighters launch campaign against budget cuts


The union representing Toronto firefighters launched a campaign Thursday to combat cuts planned in the city’s 2013 operating budget.

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Proposed city budget could close fire station, reduce resources


Some fire stations across Toronto could be closed as the city tries to cut millions of dollars from its budget.

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