The 'condofication' of major cities such as Vancouver and Toronto is raising concerns about how well equipped fire departments are to deal with a blaze in the growing forest of high-rise apartments.
The latest to sound the alarm is Gordon Ditchburn, a former president of the Vancouver Fire Fighters' Union, who told CBC News he's troubled by the shrinking size of the city's fire department while Vancouver's population grows.
Speaking on CBC radio's morning show The Early Edition, Ditchburn said the Vancouver department's staff has shrunk from 900 members in the 1970s to 800 today. Meanwhile, the city's population has doubled.
"Do we have adequate resources in the city? I would argue we don't," said Ditchburn. "We are not keeping pace with the growth in the city, due to budget cutbacks. We've gone from 14 per cent of the city budget, 15 to 20 years ago, to less than eight per cent today."
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