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Charlottetown needs more firefighters: report

More firefighters and new fire stations are amongst the recommendations in a report on Charlottetown's fire services.

More firefighters and new fire stations are amongst the recommendations in a report on Charlottetown's fire services.

The report, written by the consulting firm CGI, says the city is relying too heavily on volunteers and needs to hire more full-time firefighters.

"We're averaging just under 500 calls a year, and that is a tremendous burden," Chief Bill Hogan told CBC News on Thursday.

The report says the department should consider relocating one or both existing fire stations, or building a third one in West Royalty.

The city has six full-time firefighters, but the report recommends a minimum of four full-timer for each shift at each station.

Growth of the city and changing traffic patterns are driving the need for change.

"Travel distances to get to the various areas of the city are increasing," said Hogan.

"We're going to have to analyze exactly the travel distance, the traffic routes. We've put new traffic lights in and new intersections in, and they are going to affect our response time. So I'd really like to see all the information before I will come up with a final conclusion."

The city now plans to hire a consultant to do astudy on where the fire stations need to be located.

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