Rumours are abound that there are going to be changes in our fire department. The Fire Chief is looking to save the city $11-Million over the next three years but the consequences could be scary.
He wants to eliminate the Tancred Street Fire Hall and 2 fire trucks, as well as 3 positions in the firefighter crew.
“At the end of the day you can’t build enough fire stations in any city, small, medium or large to get there in 2 minutes,” Chief Mike Figliola said.
“After 2 minutes in the house no one is going to get in and no one is going to get out….rescue is almost nonexistent…death has already occurred.”
He says smoke alarms and sprinklers are going to save lives, not firefighters.
The Sault Ste. Marie Firefighters Association or SSMFFA has been tweeting on Twitter about this scary notion and their feelings like they have been let down, though not said specifically.
There is currently no training officer.
The fire chief said a taxi stand operates better than their comminications room. And after all this is said, he wants to make the cut backs.
Watch the videos of the meeting and see for yourself.