Greater Sudbury city council has unanimously voted down the final report on fire and paramedic optimization, a plan that has caused divisive debate.

It’s a complex plan that would have seen the city close nine fire halls in rural areas, with more full time firefighters added in outlying areas. However, the number of volunteers would be cut.

At a special meeting of council on Wednesday evening, city council voted down the report. The mayor and council said they simply cannot accept the report and they need more time to digest the details.