Chiefs Assume New Posts As Toronto Annexes Towns
When metropolitan Toronto, Ont., was reorganized into five boroughs in January, seven fire departments ceased to exist. The lakeshore communities of Long Branch, New Toronto and Mimico were absorbed into the new Borough of Etobicoke, and the fire stations at Long Branch and Mimico were closed. The chiefs, A. E. Houston of Long Branch, F. R. Campbell of New Toronto, and Wallace King of Mimico became district chiefs assigned to the New Toronto station.
When the villages of Forest Hill and Swansea were annexed, Chief John Ritchie of Forest Hill became a Toronto platoon chief at fire headquarters, and Chief A. E. Hawkett of Swansea ended 36 years of volunteer service.
York Township, in becoming a borough, annexed Weston, and the chief of the latter community, E. McGinnis, became a district chief at the Weston station. When East York became a borough, it annexed Leaside and moved its fire headquaters to the Leaside station. The new chief of East York is E. N. Bell, who was formerly chief at Leaside. The townships of Scarborough and North York became boroughs without any changes in their fire departments.