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.
May 7, 2015 By The Canadian Press
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