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LETTER: Fire station closure leaves reader fired up

'We all pay property taxes and rely on service,' laments letter writer of city's decision to close Fire Station 2 at various times due to staffing challenges
orillia fire station 1
Fire Station 1, above, is located on Gill Street. The city's other station, Station 2, is located on Commerce Road in the north end of Orillia.

OrilliaMatters welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected] or via our website. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following letter is in response to an article, titled 'Firefighters turn up heat at city hall amid 'unfair' station closures', published Sept. 11.

This is disturbing what has happened to people living in the north ward and others. Fire Station 2 is closed and this is the second strike against us.

Firstly, the paramedic station on northbound Highway 11, just south of Washago, is no longer a 24/7 operation. Now they open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., so residents in the northern part of Orillia have no paramedic service from that station!

Now, the City of Orillia has decided to close the northern (fire) station in town, further depleting the service to Orillia residents! We all pay property taxes and rely on service!

Bill Brown