The Ministry of Natural Resources will not recall 30 seasonal firefighting staff who work out of Sault Ste. Marie.

MPP David Orazietti said the local cuts will not affect the capabilities of the MNR to fight fires.

“What I can say is they are expecting to maintain a similar complement in terms of total number of jobs in the organization during next year’s fire season,” said Orazietti.

Those seasonal jobs just won’t be filled in Sault Ste. Marie.

A statement from the office of Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro reads:

“Thirty seasonal staff are receiving notice that they will not be recalled to their current positions.  Sault Ste. Marie will continue to have 350 full-time staff – more than any other community except Peterborough, where MNRF has its headquarters. These changes will not affect our ability to protect Sault Ste. Marie or surrounding communities. MNRF operates all fire facilities as a network that responds to fires wherever they occur.”

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