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Toronto Fire may close Swansea fire hall

TORONTO, Ont. – Flatlining spending at the Toronto Fire Department means a fire hall in the city’s west-end — on Runnymede Road in the Swansea neighbourhood — may be closed and four stations will run one less truck.

A confidential memo to council from fire chief Jim Sales was made public, Friday.

It details the cuts needed to hold the fire budget at $369-million — $1-million less than this year.

In the memo, the chief said the impact on response times from the truck reductions will be marginal.

However, the head of the Toronto Professional Firefighters Association said it will definitely affect service and could mean more property lost and more people hurt.

The four halls that would be down go from two trucks to one include: Albion Road, near Kipling Avenue and Finch Avenue West, Lawrence Avenue East and Centennial Road near Port Union, Gerrard Street East in south Riverdale and the station on Lapsley Road near Sheppard Avenue East and Neilson Road.

City council is to finalize the 2013 operating budget in mid-January.