Ontario Fire College closure comes as shock, sees townships push for reversal of decision

February 17, 2021
The closure of Ontario Fire College has come as a shock to firefighters in the area, reports Collingwood Today. The facility based in Gravenhurst, Ontario had been in operation since 1949 and reportedly saw a decline in training numbers over the years. “Although the college wasn’t big enough to handle all the training needs, it always gave fire departments access to affordable, high quality training in a great facility,” said OPSEU Local 317 President Chris McConnell, who added that the college could have provided education to more firefighters if it had had a larger staff. Training will be diverted from the college to be offered online and in-person at 20 smaller regional training centres across the province. Collingwood Today states that several Ontario townships have voted in favour of lobbying the provincial government to reverse the decision made in January. Collingwood Today (ON)