By The Canadian Press
Toronto - A study by a public policy think-tank says the number of firefighters in Ontario rose significantly over a 16-year period despite a dramatic drop in the number of fires.
The Fraser Institute found the number of reported fires in Ontario fell by 41.4 per cent from 1997 to 2012 – while the number of firefighters increased by 36.3 per cent.
The study notes the role of firefighters is changing and they now increasingly deal with non-fire calls such as medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents.
But it says the reason for the marked increase in Ontario firefighters remains unclear.