(ertsa)is says that the Mayor%s plan is ased on an Ontario Fire Marshal 3OFM4 /5, firefighters in 5, !inutes1 guideline that was rescinded several years ago after !unicipalities co!plained it was vague and confusing# $he OFM has since introduced a co!prehensive ris) evaluation tool for !unicipalities to use# $here is no indication the city has used it" or other availale tools such as (eographic Infor!ation Syste!s 3(IS4 !apping that would definitively !easure the cuts% i!pact# In the !eanti!e" the National Fire &rotection 'ssociation%s science-ased 565, Standard for uran fire depart!ents says that in order to constitute ade.uate pulic safety" four fire fighters should e on scene of a residential fire in four !inutes and 5* to 56 fire fighters in eight !inutes" depending whether an aerial is used#/Windsor residents and usiness owners epect and deserve a fast and effective fire depart!ent response !odel that is ased on proper ris) evaluation and current uran fire protection standards li)e the NF&'"1 (ertsa)is says# /Not an outdated and rescinded plan that unnecessarily puts citi2ens and their property at ris)#1(ertsa)is challenges the Mayor to for!ally as) citi2ens if they want to ris) their safety and property" and possily higher insurance pre!iu!s" to save what a!ounts to a few pennies on their individual taes# 7e notes that the current level of service provides s)illed and certified fire fighters at their door in !inutes in response to virtually any )ind of e!ergency" all for less than a dollar a day# /$hat%s an ecellent value to tapayers#1In the !eanti!e" the fire fighters are putting Francis and the city on notice that if the plan is i!ple!ented" they will e docu!enting any instances where the reduced service !odel results in delayed response and specific conse.uences" to ensure the pulic is fully aware of the service level they are receiving fro! their fire depart!ent# /So!eone has to stand up for pulic safety here# Windsor fire fighters are proud to step forward and do it#1
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