Suburbs Stripping the City of Fire Service Resources

A Hamilton (Ontario) resident writes that fire service delivery levels are worse than the provincial average. Hamilton is redistributing scarce fire-fighting resources from the old city to sparser suburban communities.

In 2010, The Ontario Municipal CAO’s Association did a Service Delivery Benchmarking Study that covered all areas of municipal service delivery.

Hamilton Fire finished above the median in most of the categories (lower is better). What this means is that Hamilton Fire is having difficulty meeting recognized standards in areas of response time, property loss, fire deaths, staffing, and so on.

This is because the Hamilton Professional Firefighters local is cracking down on so-called “two hatters”, or members that work as full-time firefighters in another municipality while “volunteering” or working part-time here. The union is doing this for a number of reasons.

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