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Toronto Fire Services: their approach to laneway housing

From J.Treviranus, an article called Sidewalk Toronto and Why Smarter is Not Better

In our history, data and machine determinations about people have often been used to excuse inhumane decisions. Pointing to the data is used to absolve ourselves of guilt in acts that we would otherwise consider unfair. Common examples include when a government official denies a service or gives an excuse for an unreasonable application of a policy. We claim that the data doesn’t lie; that we are powerless to make exceptions.

Excerpts from notebook #2:
From Fire Prevention chief Doug Babcock: "Stretchers need to fit through the walkway."

Comment: EMS stretchers mainly need to fit through doors to houses. Doors on downtown houses: Front: 83 cm. Back 73 cm.

EMS stretchers are made by the Stryker company. Width: 56 cm (22 inches). Height: max is 100 cm (39 inches), min is 37 cm. (14 inches).

Laneway use for emergency access:

Chief Babcock: "Laneway has to be as wide as a street or the firetrucks won't fit."

Comment: Firetruck width: 2.9 metres. Laneway width: 4 metres.

 

Excerpt from notebook #3:

The....total fires reported have been decreasing, even as the number of population and structures have been increasing. This does not reflect decreased reporting. From 2012 to 2016 the number of total calls reported – fire and non fire calls has increased from 462,542 incidents reported in 2012 to 494,811 in 2016.

Loss fires are defined as any fire with an injury, fatality or dollar loss reported.

All Loss fires reported have declined from 11,294 in 2012 to 10,844 in 2016.

Residential fires account for about 73% (2016) of structure fire losses. These fires have also decreased from 5,440 in 2012 to 5,243 in 2016.

- Cooking 2012-2016 - average of 1,281 fires per year, a decline of 9%.

- Electrical wiring, outlets, etc. 2012-2016 - average of 636 fires per year, a decline of 14%.

- Heating, cooling 2012-2016 - average of 583 fires per year, a decline of 20%.

- Cigarettes 2012-2016 - 532 fires per year, a decline of 3%.

- Appliances 2012-2016 - 329 fire per year, a decline of 10%.

More:

Toronto Fire Services 2017 Annual Report

Fire Services Efficiency Review 2013

(Excerpt from Fire Services Efficiency Review 2013):
Information for 2011, all Toronto fire stations:
- 58% of all responses by the fire service were to medical calls
- 4% were to alarms
- 1.4% were to fires.

Ontario Fire Code Right of Entry

Number of insurance claims against Fire Services for property damage during fire and medical calls, 2011 to 2018 (Freedom of Information -- FOI): 44.
Number that are listed as $0 payout: 22.
Cost of the remaining claims: $42,164.
FOI details

 

Fire Services staff directory

Chapter 880 Fire Route Designations, sample new fire route designation: 97 Lawton.

fire classification (open data link)

Garage fires, Toronto 2011 to 2016

Dufferin Grove area

Meeting about fire access rules March 13, 2019. Requested and then documented by Rohan Walters, who has other blogs about laneway housing here.

Toronto Open Data Street Maps

Freedom of Information

Laneway fire drill proposal


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