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1/11/2018 1:19:22 PM

Orangeville Fire Chief Ron Morden expects the department will switch to a 24-hour full-time service this spring.

Money was allocated in the 2018 budget to hire an additional eight full-time firefighters to staff an overnight shift (6 p.m to 6 a.m.).

Over the next few months, Chief Morden and his staff will go through the hiring process and make adjustments to policies and procedures to implement the new changes. One change will be limiting the calls that volunteer firefighters will have to respond to.

    Chief Morden adds that going to a 24-hour full-time service won't reduce the number of volunteers needed.

    The switch is going to bring Orangeville Fire's overnight response times back to the industry standard.

    A fire master plan completed in 2015 identified the need to hire additional full-time firefighters. That report also recommended a new fire station. The town has money in the 2018 budget to start the design process for a new station.    

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