Toronto Fire Services
Toronto Fire Services provides City of Toronto residents and businesses with protection against loss of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, illness, accidents, and all other hazards through preparedness, prevention, public education, and emergency response with an emphasis on quality services, efficiency, effectiveness, and safety.
environment from the effects of fire, illness, accidents, natural disasters and all other hazards; b) Enhance fire and life safety, and raise community awareness about all hazards; c) Pursue the acquisition and use of the most effective technology, equipment and resources to ensure performance in a competent and professional manner.
Toronto Fire Services (TFS) provides City of Toronto residents and businesses with protection against loss of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, illness, accidents, and all other hazards through preparedness, prevention, public education, and emergency response with an emphasis on quality services, efficiency, effectiveness, and safety.
2018 Budget Summary
The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $479.879 million gross and $461.659 million net.
For 2018, Toronto Fire Services faced pressures primarily due to the increase in salaries and benefits of $6.464 million, which includes 2018 COLA for L3888, increases in contributions to vehicle and equipment reserves for life-cycle replacement, and training required for the Re-inspection program and legislation compliance, as well as the operating impact of capital that adds 21 positions for the opening of Station B (Downsview). The base pressures were partially offset by the annualized revenues from the re-inspection fees approved in 2017. Funding is included for 5 new priorities (including the TCHC Fire Safety Strategy of $0.806 million) resulting in a net increase of $9.091 million from 2017.
- Toronto Fire Services (TFS) is currently the largest municipal fire service in Canada with:
- 83 Fire Stations across Toronto;
- 408 heavy & light emergency support vehicles;
- Emergency call processing time target is 1:04 minutes to receive, process and dispatch an emergency call;
- Total Response time target is 6:24 minutes for first truck / crew to arrive on the scene; and
- Effective Firefighting Force target is 10:24 minutes for the required number of crews to arrive on scene.
- Matching deployment with continued growth and densification in the City is placing increased pressure on TFS, as growth leads to an increase in emergency call volumes.
- Vertical response deployment with increasing traffic congestion places additional challenges on TFS as additional time is required to ascend to the actual location of the emergency incident once arriving at curbside.
Key Service Deliverables for 2018
Toronto Fire Services is responsible for providing 24-hour all-hazards emergency response across Toronto.
The 2018 Operating Budget will enable the Toronto Fire Services to continue to:
- Provide 24-hour emergency response for the City of Toronto from 83 fire stations located across the City;
- Replace 14 emergency response heavy vehicles in 2018;
- Respond to approximately 120,919 emergency incidents resulting in approximately 288,581 vehicle responses;
- Respond to 32,818 emergency fire events;
- Respond to 3,254 carbon monoxide and 1,505 hazardous material emergency events;
- Respond to 62,937 medical emergencies and over 10,611 vehicle incidents and rescues;
- Respond to 3,403 technical rescues;
- Train and equip HUSAR and CBRNE teams to be ready to respond to major disasters;
- Complete 315 vulnerable occupancy inspections;
- Complete 8,570 complaint / request inspections;
- Inspect 500 rooming houses/ multi-residential apartment buildings/vacant buildings;
- Conduct 1,440 elementary school fire safety presentations;
- Conduct 140 fire safety presentations for seniors; and
- Conduct annual inspections for all TCHC mid-rise, low-rise, townhouse and walk-up residential buildings, in addition to continuing to conduct annual inspections in all TCHC high-rise and seniors’ residential buildings.
Our Key Issues & Priority Actions
- Implementation of the Fire Code Re-inspection Program and the training requirements for CBRNE staff requires strategic investment to ensure compliance with legislated standards.
- An increase of $0.325 million is included to train and certify new Operations Firefighters to implement the Fire Re-inspection program and provide certifications for existing Fire Prevention and Public Education staff to NFPA 1031 and 1035 Level 1 professional qualifications as well as CBRNE training.
- Delivering Public Education and Community Outreach enhancements across the City.
- New service priorities for $0.806 million gross and net to expand the TCHC fire safety inspection program; $0.150 million gross $0 net for a fire-safety awareness pilot program targeted to high risk neighborhoods; and $0.050 million gross and $0 net to review and enhance public information processes and training.
- Increase reserve contributions to support life-cycle equipment and vehicles replacements.
- A base increase of $0.625 million gross and net is included for vehicle and equipment replacement.
2018 Operating Budget Highlights
- The 2018 TFS Operating Budget of $479.879 million gross and $461.659 million net for Toronto Fire Services represents an increase of 2.0% to the 2017 Approved Operating Budget. The Program could not meet the budget target due to base budget pressures. However, savings were identified through the following measures:
- Base expenditure reductions of $0.092 million in the cost of services from FREEE.
- Staff complement will increase by 29 positions from 2017 to 2018, primarily due to the opening of Fire Station B at Downsview and the expansion of the TCHC fire safety inspection program.
- New and Enhanced funding of $1.098 million gross and $0.898 million net is included to initiate fire prevention public safety public awareness campaigns (including expanded inspections of TCHC properties) and employee wellness training, funded from the tax base and program reserve funds.
Toronto Fire Services (TFS) is dedicated to protecting life, property and the environment from the effects of fires, illnesses, accidents, natural disasters and other hazards. TFS currently operates 83 fire stations and 8 support facilities with a total area of approximately 836,000 sq. ft. with an estimated replacement value of $401.912 million
The 10-Year Capital Plan provides investments of $49.712 million for Health & Safety and Legislated upgrades that include the replacement of emergency protective equipment, funding for two new Service Improvement projects to modernize and integrate IT systems and funding for the construction of three new fire stations based on forecasted population density and associated emergency response times.
The 10-Year Capital Plan will increase future year Operating Budgets by $5.498 million net over the 2018 – 2027 period, primarily due to the completion of two new fire stations expected to open in 2019.
Where Does the Money Go?
The 2018 – 2027 Capital Budget and Plan totalling $49.712 million provides funding for:
- $22.214 million in Health and Safety projects that fund the replacement of personal protection equipment, radio equipment, defibrillators, safety and other emergency protective equipment.
- $1.188 million in Legislated projects that fund the replacement of emergency response equipment required by the HUSAR team.
- $1.600 million to continue SOGR projects that include burn house technology replacement, training equipment and facility replacement.
- $2.780 million in Service Improvement projects that modernize and integrate IT systems.
- $21.930 million in Growth related projects that fund the construction of three new fire stations.
Where Does the Money Come From?
The 10-Year Capital Plan requires:
- Debt funding of $15.697 million (31.6%) reflecting an increase in debt funding of $3.102 million above debt guidelines, as new debt was allocated to two projects after a City-wide review of unmet capital priorities.
- Additional capital financing of $16.530 million (33.3%) to be provided from reserves/reserve funds, primarily from the Equipment Reserve Fund ($16.082 million).
- Funding from Development Charges ($16.969 million or 34.1%) and Fed/Prov funding ($0.516 million or 1.0%).
State of Good Repair Backlog
- The 10-Year Capital Plan does not include funding to address the state of good repair backlog for TFS facilities, as asset management capital funding was transferred to Facilities, Real Estate, Environment & Energy (FREEE) to ensure that consistency in maintenance standards are applied throughout City facilities.
- FREEE’s 10-Year Capital Plan includes $26.917 million over 10 years to address TFS’ SOGR backlog for facilities occupied by TFS, which is estimated at $105.449 million or 26.2% as a percentage of asset value of $401.912 million by 2026.
- TFS does not have a state of good repair backlog for its equipment as the equipment is replaced according to TFS’ Equipment Replacement schedule which is required by legislation to maintain service continuity, staff safety and regulatory compliance.
Key Issues & Priority Actions
- Evaluate existing infrastructure as a number of TFS facilities are not able to meet the needs of TFS operations without significant renovation, expansion or relocation.
- An evaluation of completed comprehensive building assessment audits will determine the feasibility of renovating the existing facilities that are beyond the point of cost-viable repair or renovation.
- The TFS Transformation Plan identifies infrastructure funding opportunities that optimize fire station locations and deployment effectiveness and are potentially cost neutral to construct and maintain.
- Work is currently underway, in collaboration with FREEE and Toronto Real Estate Agency (TRA), to evaluate opportunities for fire station location optimization and will be reported back as part of the 2019 Budget process.
- Enhance service delivery and operational efficiency through continued investment into technology in response to increasing fiscal pressures.
2018 Capital Budget Highlights
The 2018 Capital Budget for TFS of $6.138 million, excluding carry forward funding, will:
- Continue the next phase of 3 multi-year projects: Training Simulators and Facilities Rehabilitation, Firefighter Helmet Multi-year Replacement; and the HUSAR Equipment Replacement ($1.138 million).
- Continue the construction of 2 new fire stations, Station A-Woodbine, and Station B-Downsview ($3.053 million).
- Begin to deliver new projects, including the Replacement of one Breathing Air Compressor; Fire Prevention Technology Integration; Operational BI Data Architecture Modernization; and replace Defibrillators ($1.777 million).
- Complete 1 previously approved project to replace Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosive (CBRNE) equipment ($0.170 million).
- Fire Safety Strategy for TCHC Residential Buildings – BN #26
- WSIB Presumptive Coverage for Firefighters – BN #27
- Sick Time Analysis – BN #28
- Summary of Fire Protection Service Levels on Toronto Island – BN #29
- Toronto Fire Services Transformation Plan Update – BN #30
- Fire Safety Strategy for TCHC Residential Buildings – Supplemental – BN #47