London's north end has grown so fast in recent years that fire protection services have not kept pace. Response times up here - yup, I'm a northerner, too - are well below provincial averages, and firefighters have been raising the alarm for years.
The city has studied the issue for as long as we've lived here, but shows no signs of actually moving ahead with building a new fire hall.
Sure, it's a seemingly trivial local issue. But it ceases to be trivial when the safety of your family is at stake. I thought lighting a little fire of my own might help matters along.
Fire hall delays put people at risk
Published Thursday, December 15, 2005
The London Free Press
Our city is playing with fire.
While London’s north end experiences tremendous growth, the city has failed to provide adequate emergency services to the area. Consequently, wait times there are dangerously elevated.
It’s old news that the area needs a new fire hall. While we all appreciate the city’s diligence in pursuing the lowest-cost solution – namely, a temporary house-style facility on Trossacks Avenue – numerous delays are raising the temperature for residents who must live with the additional risk.
Ideally, critical emergency services should anticipate urban growth – not lag far behind. It’s time to take the money budgeted for a full-sized fire hall on Fanshawe Park Road and just build it.
The province has announced that as of March 1st, 2006, all homes must have at least one working smoke alarm on each floor.
If you live in north London, you might want to go smoke-alarm shopping a little early, since you’ll need all the additional protection you can get.