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In Quotes: Perry Township requests reversal of Gravenhurst Ontario Fire College closure

Many municipalities have expressed support and requests to keep the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst open and the Township of Perry has added its voice to the fray.

At its Feb. 17 meeting, Mayor Norm Hofstetter read a motion requesting that the province reverse its decision on the college’s closure.

The motion highlighted the importance of the fire college in the training of Ontario firefighters.

The Ontario Fire College is the most cost-effective method for municipalities to certify firefighters to National Fire Protection Association standards in Ontario, the motion reads.

Here is the discussion in five quotes:

“I’d like to see them keep the Ontario Fire College open,” said Coun. Margaret Ann MacPhail.

“I too would like to see it stay open, but I don’t think we’re going to succeed in this but let’s give it a try,” said Coun. Jim Cushman.

“I think this is something we should get behind – the math is there, right? When you’re saving around the average of $300 to $70 for accommodations for food and lodgings it just makes sense if these firefighters come from out of town for the training,” said Coun. Joe Lumley.

“It is sad to see it closing,” said Hofstetter.

“I just think that school has been there since 1958 so I don’t think it’s done bad; it’s done positive things,” said Lumley.

Sarah Cooke’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.
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