Runnymede Fire Station Survives – For Now

Runnymede Fire Station Stays AliveNeighbourhood residents can breathe a sigh of relief as city council voted to save the Runnymede fire station during its budget meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16.

While approving Toronto’s 2013 operating budget, city council voted to restore 83 frontline firefighter positions and to maintain fire trucks slated for removal from five stations as part of the Toronto fire chief’s plan to cut costs.

“It’s a relief, but it’s not over yet,” Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette told The Villager. “We’ve got a six-month reprieve.”

It would be a shame if the landmark fire station at Runnymede & Page were to be closed down. Let’s hope the efficiency study shows that it’s still needed!