Toronto Fire Services

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Toronto Fire Services (TFS)
Toronto Fire Services Logo.svg
"Courage, Compassion, Service"
Operational Area
Country Canada
Agency Overview
Established 1874
Employees 3,100
Staffing Career
Fire chief Jim Sales
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 4
Battalions 16
Stations 82
Engines 58
Trucks 30
Squads 5
Rescues 28
Fireboats 2
Tenders 4
HAZMAT 2
EMS Level BLS First Responder
USAR 1

The Toronto Fire Services (TFS) provides fire protection and first responder emergency medical services to the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Toronto Fire Services is currently the largest municipal fire department in Canada.

Overview[edit]

The Toronto Fire Services was created in 1998 from the merger of the former fire departments of the original City of Toronto, East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York. It is the largest fire department in Canada (ahead of Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa) and the 5th largest municipal fire department in North America behind New York City, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles.

History[edit]

Toronto horse drawn pumper
Transition from horse drawn to motorized vehicles

Fire services in Toronto began in 1874 in the former City of Toronto, and still consisted of volunteer fire companies. Prior to 1874, fire services were composed of poorly trained volunteer companies in the city. The first company was created in 1826 and hook and ladder in 1831. Most were able bodied men who were trained to operate pumps to draw water from the lake.

The city's poor fire fighting services were highlighted by the Great Toronto Fire in 1849 and again in 1904. The latter fire, which destroyed much of Bay Street from The Esplanade West to Melinda Street, the Fire Department in Toronto became a critical city service and has evolved into the professional service that exists today.

Early fire companies[edit]

  • 1st Engine 1826 at Church Street and Newgate Street (Adelaide Street East), renumbered as Station 5 in 1861 and closed in 1874
  • Independent Fire Company Engine House No. 2
  • York Fire Company 1826 at Fireman's Hall (Church Street and Newgate Street)
  • Hook and Ladder Fire Company 1831
  • Fireman's Hall 1839 at Bay Street 1839; closed 1841
  • Station No. 1 1841; closed 1924
  • 4th Engine House at St. Patrick Market on Queen Street West 1842, closed 1861
  • Hose Company No. 2 at Berkeley Street 1849; closed 1859
  • 7th Engine Company at Elizabeth Street 1857; closed 1859
  • Station No 2 at 163 Portland 1871; closed 1968
  • Station No 3 at 488 Yonge Street 1871; closed 1926
  • Station No 5 at Court Street 1874; closed 1886
  • Station No 6 at 315 Queen Street West 1874; closed 1942

Township Fire Departments[edit]

  • Scarborough Fire Department 1925 - replaced 5 volunteer bucket brigades 1850's[1]
  • North York Fire Department 1923 - merged 7 separate volunteers brigades[2]
  • New Toronto Fire Department 1930 - merged with Etobicoke FD 1967[3]

Organization[edit]

Former Chief William Stewart

The current Fire Chief-designate is Jim Sales (C1), under whom will serve four deputy Chiefs (C2, C3, C4, C5), and four division commanders (C6, C7, C8, C9) - all based at 4330 Dufferin Street, the central headquarters for both Toronto Fire and Toronto EMS (former headquarters for TEMS and Metro Toronto Ambulance). Former Chief Bill Stewart announced his retirement on Feb 13th 2012 to take effect April 30, 2012. Sales is former Markham Fire Chief and worked as a political bureaucrat in Town of Markham and more recently as General Manager with the City of Barrie prior to his appointment.[4]

Previous Chiefs[edit]

With the exception of Sales, Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Fire Department Chiefs have been promoted within the department's ranks.

  • Bill Stewart 2003–2012
  • Alan F. Speed 1997–2003
  • Walter Shanahan 1988–1995, Toronto Fire Department
  • Bernard (Ben) Bonser 1977–1988

Rank Structure[edit]

Toronto Fire Captain
Three firefighters walk beside muddy Lansdowne Avenue, north of Davenport Road, c. 1911
A firefighter walks to the scene of a training simulation with her gear
  • Probationary Firefighter - no rank insignia, wearing a black helmet.
  • Second Class Firefighter
  • First Class Firefighter
  • Captain - company officer in charge of one fire truck and crew - with 2 silver epaulette stripes, and wearing a red helmet.
  • District Chief - command officer responsible for all fire stations within a district (ex. 11 District, or 42 District) - with 2 gold stripes, and wearing a white helmet.
  • Platoon Chief - command officer responsible for all fire stations within all four districts of a command (North, East, South, or West) - with 3 gold stripes, and 'Platoon Chief' marked on the back of their bunker gear jacket.
  • Division Commander - command officer responsible for all four shifts within one of the geographic divisions of the city - with 3 thick and 1 thin gold stripes, and 'Division Commander' marked on their bunker jacket.
  • Deputy Fire Chief - with 4 gold stripes, and "Deputy Chief' marked on their bunker jacket.
  • Chief of Department - with 5 gold stripes, and 'Chief' marked on the their bunker jacket.

Operations[edit]

Fire Apparatus[edit]

TFS Aerial 312
TFS Rescue 122
TFS Pumper 334
TFS High-Rise 332

Toronto Fire Department began using motorized vehicles after 1910. Before that, the TFD and previous fire companies used horse drawn engines and ladders. Prior to the 1970s, the TFD had open air vehicles (driver cab not covered and mostly aerial trucks), but since then both the TFD and TFS use full covered vehicles. Prior to the 1950s, TFD used tiller-ladder trucks and since have reverted to smaller aerial units that can operate in narrow streets in Toronto.

The TFS inherited all the vehicles of the fire departments prior to amalgamation. The current strength of TFS consists of 179 vehicles. Since amalgamation, apparatus numbers are numbered by a letter and 3 digits. The first digit stands for the command that the apparatus is in (1-North, 2-East, 3-South, 4-West). The second digit stands for the district within the command that the apparatus is in. The last digit stands for the station within the district within the command that the apparatus is assigned to. For example, Tower 331 is assigned to Station 1 of the 3rd District of the South Command. Spare apparatus are numbered the same except with a fourth digit, 5, to designate the unit as not being frontline. Occasionally secondary units with the same numeric designation are given a letter as a suffix ex. Pumper 335 (P335) and Pumper 335B (P335B).

A list of types of vehicles used by the TFS : (prefix letter in brackets with x's as placeholders)

  • Aerial (Axxx) - most common ladders found in the city; lengths range from 75 to 105 feet (22.86 to 32 metres)
  • Tower (Txxx) - 3 articulated boom ladders, with 2 found in South and 1 in North Command; length 114 feet (34.75 metres); AT-XXX was used for 1 vehicle (AT333)
  • Platform (PLxxx) - 2 ladders with attached platform, both found in West Command; length 95 feet (28.96 metres)
  • Pumper (Pxxx)
  • Rescue (Rescue Pumper) (Rxxx) - a pumper with the addition of extrication equipment (Jaws of Life) and other tools
  • Fireboat (FBxxx) - 2 units, both stationed in Toronto Harbour
  • Hazardous Materials Unit (HZxxx) - 1 in both North and South Commands
  • Hazmat Support Truck (HMSxxx) - towing trailer transporting Club Car utility cars
  • Decontamination Truck (DExxx)
  • Squad (Sxxx) - heavy/technical rescue units, with 2 located in South Command and 1 in each of West, North, and East Commands
  • High Rise Unit (HRxxx) - 1 only, in South Command
  • Water Tanker (WTxxx) - 1 only, in East Command
  • Rapid Attack Vehicle (RAVxxx)
  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATVx) - used at special events, such as the Canadian National Exhibition
  • Trench Rescue Support Truck (TRSxxx) - 1 only, in East Command
  • Air/Light Unit (ALxxx or LAxxx, coded both ways in CAD) - 1 in each Command (A/L 114, A/L 231, A/L 333, A/L 421)
  • District Chief (Cxx)
  • Platoon Chief (Cx0) - 1 in each Command (C10, C20, C30, C40)
  • Division Commander (Cx)
  • Deputy Chief / Fire Chief (Cx)
  • Command Truck (CMDxx) - 3 throughout the city
  • Mechanical Response Unit (MRUxxx)
  • Training Aerial (TRAx) - used by Professional Development and Training
  • Training Pumper (TRPx) - used by Professional Development and Training
  • Spare vehicles (X5xxx) - non-permanent additional vehicles added to station

Fire Boats[edit]

Toronto Fire Boat Sora (ex-Canadian Coast Guard Sora)
Toronto Fire boat William Lyon Mackenzie
Main article: Fireboats of Toronto

The Toronto Fire Department and successor Toronto Fire Services has operated fire boats since 1923.

  • Fireboat "Charles A. Reed" - a wood hull boat entered service in 1923 and remained in use until 1964[5]
  • Fireboat "William Lyon Mackenzie" - entered service in 1964 replacing Charles A. Reed; main fire boat and icebreaker
  • Fireboat "Sora" - light utility boat built in 1982 for the Canadian Coast Guard and acquired by TFS in 2006; back up to WL Mackenzie, but lacks icebreaking features

Miscellaneous Units[edit]

While not part of the fleet, Box 12 and Support 7 are canteen trucks run by volunteers at the Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association, and are present at large emergencies to provide food and beverages for Toronto firefighters. Formed in 1975, the GTMAA vehicles are painted with TFS scheme, but not the logo (using the GTMAA patch instead).

In addition, there are various Hazardous Materials Support trucks and a Trench Rescue Support truck that respond to specialized calls. These trucks are unmanned, and are only used by trained personnel when a specialized call is dispatched. TFS also has a fleet of various mechanical support trucks. Smaller compact cars bearing the TFS colours and logo are driven by fire prevention officers and other commanding officers.

Toronto Fire will also acquire use of the Long Range Acoustic Device. It was one of three purchased by the Toronto Police Service for use during the G20 summit in 2010 (1 for Marine Unit, 2 for Public Safety Unit).[6]

Prior to amalgamation, the Scarborough Fire Department had their fleet painted yellow. In the years following amalgamation the markings on the fire trucks were a patchwork of the various schemes used by the former boroughs. All had "Toronto" decaled or painted where the former borough's name used to be and the new Toronto Fire crest was added with the new numbering scheme. Over the past 12 years - post amalgamation - the majority of the older vehicles have either been retired or repainted to match the new scheme: fire engine red with yellow reflective trim and markings.

Fire Apparatus Profile (2014)[edit]

Frontline Fire Units[edit]

  • 59 Pumpers (111, 113, 114, 116, 121, 123, 125, 131, 132, 135, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146, 211, 212, 213, 215, 222, 223, 224, 226, 227, 232, 233, 234, 242, 243, 244, 245, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 322, 323, 324, 325, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 342, 343, 344, 413, 415, 422, 424, 426, 431, 432, 433, 442, 443, 445)
  • 26 Aerials (113, 131, 133, 135, 142, 213, 215, 222, 226, 231, 244, 312, 315, 321, 322, 324, 325, 341, 345, 411, 415, 421, 423, 426, 433, 441)
  • 3 Towers (114, 331, 333)
  • 1 Platform (432)
  • 28 Rescues (Rescue Pumpers) (112, 115, 122, 133, 134, 214, 224, 225, 231, 235, 241, 243, 321, 325, 326, 341, 345, 411, 412, 413, 421, 423, 425, 426, 434, 435, 441, 444)
  • 5 Squads (143, 232, 313, 331, 445)
  • 1 High-Rise Unit (332)
  • 2 Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat.) Units (145, 332)
  • 4 Air & Light Units (114, 231, 333, 421)

Command Units and Chiefs[edit]

  • 16 District Chief's Units (Car 11, Car 12, Car 13, Car 14, Car 21, Car 22, Car 23, Car 24, Car 31, Car 32, Car 33, Car 34, Car 41, Car 42, Car 43, Car 44)
  • 4 Platoon Chief's Units (Car 10, Car 20, Car 30, Car 40)
  • 4 Division Commander's Units (Car 6, Car 7, Car 8, Car 9)
  • 4 Deputy Chief's Units (Car 2, Car 3, Car 4, Car 5)
  • 1 Chief of Department's Unit (Car 1)
  • 3 Command Units (Command 10, Command 30, Command 60)

Special and Support Units[edit]

  • 1 Decontamination (Decon.) Unit (234)
  • 2 Fireboats (Fireboat "Charles A. Reed" & Fireboat "William Lyon Mackenzie")
  • 1 Fire Rescue Boat (Fireboat "Sora")
  • 1 Trench Rescue Support Unit (235)
  • 1 Tanker (211)
  • 1 Brush Unit (335B)
  • 1 Rapid Attack Vehicle (R.A.V.) (335)
  • 1 All Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
  • 1 Medical Response Unit (M.R.U.)

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

The Toronto Fire Services (TFS) currently operates out of 83 Fire Stations (including one open seasonally) throughout the city, organized into 16 Districts. Each District is part of one of four geographical divisions of Command. Each geographical division is divided into four Districts, or Battalions.[7][8]

North Command[edit]

Station 135 next to Toronto EMS Station 18 on Eglinton Avenue West

The North Command's Office (Command 1) is located at Fire Station # 116, 1 Ester Shiner Blvd.

Pumper Aerial Rescue Special Unit Spare Unit Chief District Address
Pumper 111 Car 11 11 3300 Bayview Ave.
Rescue 112 Pumper 5112, Car 5112 11 5700 Bathurst St.
Pumper 113 Aerial 113 11 700 Seneca Hill Dr.
Pumper 114 Tower 114 Air & Light 114, Command 10 Car 10 11 12 Canterbury Pl.
Rescue 115 11 115 Parkway Forest Dr.
Pumper 116 Aerial 5116 11 1 Esther Shiner Blvd.
Pumper 121 Command 60 Pumper 5121 12 10 William Carson Crescent
Rescue 122 Pumper 5122 12 2545 Bayview Ave.
Pumper 123 Pumper 5123 Car 12 12 143 Bond Ave.
Pumper 125 12 1109 Leslie St.
Pumper 131 Aerial 131 13 3135 Yonge St.
Pumper 132 Car 13 13 476 Lawrence Ave. W.
Aerial 133 Rescue 133 13 1505 Lawrence Ave. W.
Rescue 134 13 16 Montgomery Ave.
Pumper 135 Aerial 135 13 641 Eglinton Ave. W.
Pumper 141 Pumper 5141 14 4100 Keele St.
Pumper 142 Aerial 142 Car 14 14 2753 Jane St.
Pumper 143 Squad 143 14 1009 Sheppard Ave. W.
Pumper 145 Haz-Mat. Unit 145, Haz-Mat. Support Unit 145 14 20 Beffort Rd.
Pumper 146 14 2220 Jane St.

East Command[edit]

The East Command's Office (Command 2) is located at 3 Dohme Ave.

Station 226 in 1911
Station 227 in Toronto's Beaches community
Pumper Aerial Rescue Special Unit Spare Unit Chief District Address
Pumper 211 Water Tanker 211 21 900 Tapscott Rd.
Pumper 212 Aerial 5212 Car 21 21 8500 Sheppard Ave. E.
Pumper 213 Aerial 213 21 7 Lapsley Rd.
Rescue 214 Rescue 5213 21 745 Meadowvale Rd.
Pumper 215 Aerial 215 21 5318 Lawrence Ave.
Pumper 222 Aerial 222 22 755 Warden Ave.
Pumper 223 Support 7 22 116 Dorset Rd.
Pumper 224 Rescue 224 22 1313 Woodbine Ave.
Rescue 225 Car 22 22 3600 Danforth Ave.
Pumper 226 Aerial 226 22 87 Main St.
Pumper 227 Pumper 5227 22 1904 Queen St. E.
Aerial 231 Rescue 231 Air & Light Unit 231 Car 20, Car 23 23 740 Markham Rd.
Pumper 232 Squad 232 23 1550 Midland Rd.
Pumper 233 23 59 Curlew Dr.
Pumper 234 Decon. Unit 234 23 40 Coronation Dr.
Rescue 235 Trench Rescue Support Unit 235 23 200 Bermondsey Rd.
Rescue 241 Pumper 5241 24 3325 Warden Ave.
Pumper 242 Car 24 24 2733 Brimley Rd.
Pumper 243 Rescue 243 24 4560 Sheppard Ave.
Pumper 244 Aerial 244 24 2340 Birchmount Rd.
Pumper 245 Pumper 5245 24 1600 Birchmount Rd.

South Command[edit]

Station 311 on Balmoral Avenue
Station 312, the oldest active station operated by Toronto Fire Services
Station 321. The wire cutting across the picture is a reminder of the dangers of electrical fires.
Station 325 is always ready
Station 326 is a training facility
Command 30 at a large fire on Yonge Street
Station 333 on Front Street
Station 344 on Howland Avenue
Station 346 at the Canadian National Exhibition

The South Command's Office (Command 3) is located at Fire Station # 332, 260 Adelaide St. W.

Pumper Aerial Rescue Special Unit Spare Unit Chief District Address
Pumper 311 31 20 Balmoral Ave.
Pumper 312 Aerial 312 Car 31 31 34 Yorkville Ave.
Pumper 313 Squad 313 31 441 Bloor St. E.
Pumper 314 31 12 Grosvenor St.
Pumper 315 Aerial 315 31 132 Bellevue Ave.
Aerial 321 Rescue 321 32 231 McRae Dr.
Pumper 322 Aerial 322 32 256 Cosburn Ave.
Pumper 323 Aerial 5323 Car 32 32 153 Chatham Ave.
Pumper 324 Aerial 324 32 840 Gerrard St. E.
Pumper 325 Aerial 325 Rescue 325 32 475 Dundas St. E.
Rescue 326 Squad 5326 32 30 Knox Ave.
Pumper 331 Tower 331 Squad 331 33 33 Claremont St.
Pumper 332 High Rise Unit 332, Haz-Mat. Unit 332, Command 30 Car 30, Car 33 33 260 Adelaide St. W.
Pumper 333 Tower 333 Air & Light Unit 333 Pumper 5333 33 207 Front St. E.
Pumper 334 Fireboat 334 Pumper 5334 33 339 Queens Quay W.
Pumper 335(Mini-Pumper), Pumper 335B(Telesquirt) Rapid Attack Vehicle (R.A.V.) 335 33 235 Cibola Ave., Toronto Island
Aerial 341 Rescue 341 Aerial 5341, Car 5341 34 555 Oakwood Ave.
Pumper 342 34 106 Ascot Ave.
Pumper 343 34 65 Hendrick Ave.
Pumper 344 Pumper 5344 34 240 Howland Ave.
Aerial 345 Rescue 345 Rescue 5345 Car 34 34 1285 Dufferin St.
Pumper 346(Seasonal) 34 Canadian National Exhibition

West Command[edit]

Station 424 on Runnymede Road
Station 425 in Swansea
Station 431 in Etobicoke

The West Command's Office (Command 4) is located at Fire Station # 442, 2015 Lawrence Ave. W.

Pumper Aerial Rescue Special Unit Spare Unit Chief District Address
Aerial 411 Rescue 411 41 75 Toryork Dr.
Rescue 412 41 267 Humberline Dr.
Pumper 413 Rescue 413 41 1549 Albion Rd.
Pumper 415 Aerial 415 Car 41 41 2120 Kipling Ave.
Aerial 421 Rescue 421 Air & Light Unit 421 42 6 Lambton Ave.
Pumper 422 Rescue 5422 42 590 Jane St.
Aerial 423 Rescue 423 Car 42 42 358 Keele St.
Pumper 424 Pumper 5424 42 462 Runnymede Rd.(Closed 4/2013)
Rescue 425 42 83 Deforest Rd.
Pumper 426 Aerial 426 Rescue 426 42 140 Lansdowne Ave.
Pumper 431 Pumper 5431 43 308 Prince Edward Dr.
Pumper 432 Platform 432 Car 43 43 155 The East Mall
Pumper 433 Aerial 433 43 615 Royal York Rd.
Rescue 434 43 3 Lunness Ave.
Rescue 435 Pumper 5435, Squad 5435 43 130 Eighth St.
Aerial 441 Rescue 441 44 947 Martin Grove Rd.
Pumper 442 44 2015 Lawrence Ave. W.
Pumper 443 Rescue 5443 44 1724 Islington Ave.
Rescue 444 44 666 Renforth Dr.
Pumper 445 Squad 445 Car 40, Car 44 44 280 Burnhamthorpe Rd.

Other Facilities[edit]

The TFS' Communications Division, Emergency Planning Research and Development Division, Public Information Office, and Recruitment and Community Outreach Section are located at 4330 Dufferin St., in the North Command.

The TFS' Public Education Center and Museum are located at Fire Station # 233, 59 Curlew Dr., in the East Command.

The TFS' office of Public Education and Plans Examination is located at 112 Elizabeth St., 2nd Fl., in the South Command.

The TFS' Medical Office is located at 349 - 1333 Sheppard Ave. E., in the North Command.

Training Division[edit]

The North Command's Training Division offices are located at Fire Station #'s 111, 123, and 133.

The Toronto Fire/EMS Training Centre, as well as the offices of Training and Professional Development, is located at 895 Eastern Ave. in the South Command.

The East Command's Training Division offices are located at 4562 Sheppard Ave. E. and at Fire Station # 321.

The West Command's Training Division offices are located at Fire Station #'s 441 and 442.

Fire Prevention Division[edit]

The North Command's Fire Prevention Division offices are located at Fire Station #'s 121, 141, and 145.

The East Command's Fire Prevention Division offices are located at 150 Borough Dr., 4th Fl.

The South Command's Fire Prevention Division offices are located at Fire Station #'s 323, 332, 344, and 423.

The West Command's Fire Prevention Division offices are located at Fire Station # 442.

Mechanical Division[edit]

The North Command's Mechanical Division office is located at 40 Toryork Dr.

The South Command's Mechanical Division office is located at 843 Eastern Ave.

The West Command's Mechanical Division office is located at Fire Station # 432.

Apparatus Specifications[edit]

Below is a complete list of all TFS apparatus, their manufacturer and specifications, and date.

Pumpers[edit]

  • Pumper 111 - 2006 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 113 - 2008 Spartan MetroStar FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 114 - 2005 Spartan Advantage/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./25gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 116 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 121 - 2005 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 123 - 2003 Spartan Advantage/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./25gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 125 - 2008 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 131 - 2004 Spartan Diamond/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 132 - 2006 Spartan Advantage/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 135 - 2006 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal./20gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 141 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 142 - 2006 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 143 - 2007 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 145 - 2006 Spartan Advantage/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 146 - 2006 Spartan MetroStar/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal./20gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 211 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 212 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 213 - 2005 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 215 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 222 - 2006 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 223 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 224 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 226 - 2006 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal./20gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 227 - 2003 Spartan Advantage/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./25gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 232 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 233 - 2004 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 234 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 242 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 243 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 244 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 245 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 311 - 2004 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 312 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 313 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 314 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 315 - 2003 Spartan Advantage/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./25gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 322 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 323 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 324 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 325 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 331 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar MFD/Crimson 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 332 - 2013 Spartan MetroStar MFD/Spartan ERV 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 333 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar MFD/Crimson 2000gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 334 - 2007 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 335(Mini-Pumper) - 2006 Ford F550XL/Dependable 625gpm./300gal. Mini-Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 335B(Telesquirt) - 1997 E-One Cyclone II 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Foam/50' Telesquirt Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 342 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 343 - 2006 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal./20gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 344 - 2007 Spartan Advantage/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 413 - 2003 Spartan Advantage/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./25gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 415 - 2008 Spartan MetroStar FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 422 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 424 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 426 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 431 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 432 - 2008 Spartan MetroStar FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 433 - 2005 Spartan MetroStar/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 442 - 2008 Spartan Advantage FF/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./40gal. Class "B" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 443 - 2007 Spartan Advantage FF/Seagrave 1250gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 445 - 2003 Spartan Advantage/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./25gal. Class "A" Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5112(Spare) - 1996 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5121(Spare) - 1993 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1050gpm./400gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5122(Spare) - 1995 Spartan Gladiator/NOVA Quintech 1050gpm./300gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5123(Spare) - 1998 American LaFrance Eagle 134/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal./100gal. Foam Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5141(Spare) - 1996 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5227(Spare) - 1998 American LaFrance Eagle 148/Fort Garry 1050gpm./300gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5241(Spare) - 1992 Spartan Gladiator/Superior 1050gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5245(Spare) - 1998 American LaFrance Eagle 148/Fort Garry 1050gpm./300gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5333(Spare) - 1998 American LaFrance Eagle 148/Fort Garry 1050gpm./300gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5334(Spare) - 1992 Spartan Gladiator/3-D Metals 1050gpm./400gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5344(Spare) - 1998 American LaFrance Eagle 148/Fort Garry 1050gpm./300gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5424(Spare) - 1993 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1050gpm./400gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5431(Spare) - 1992 Spartan Gladiator/3-D Metals 1050gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Pumper 5435(Spare) - 1992 Spartan Gladiator/3-D Metals 1050gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck

Aerials[edit]

  • Aerial 113 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 131 - 2002 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1500gpm./500gal./75' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 133 - 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 135 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1050gpm./300gal./100' Mid Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 142 - 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 213 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 215 - 2001 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./350gal./75' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 222 - 2001 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./350gal./75' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 226 - 2002 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1500gpm./500gal./75' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 231 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 244 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 312 - 2005 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 315 - 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 321 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1050gpm./300gal./100' Mid Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 322 - 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 324 - 2005 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./100' Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 325 - 2006 Spartan Gladiator Classic MFD/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 341 - 2009 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 2250gpm./300gal./40gal. Foam/105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 345 - 2003 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1500gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 411 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 415 - 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 421 - 2002 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1500gpm./500gal./75' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 423 - 2006 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 426 - 2005 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 433 - 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 441 - 2003 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 5116(Spare) - 1992 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 5212(Spare) - 1996 E-One Cyclone/Superior 1050gpm./400gal./75' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 5323(Spare) - 1987 Mack MR686P/Thibault 1050gpm./225gal./100' Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Aerial 5341(Spare) - 1992 Spartan Gladiator/Superior/Smeal 1050gpm./250gal./105' Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Quint

Towers[edit]

  • Tower 114 - 2006 E-One Cyclone II/Bronto 1500gpm./250gal./114' Skylift Snorkel Quint
  • Tower 331 - 2005 E-One Cyclone II/Bronto 1500gpm./300gal./114' Skylift Snorkel Quint
  • Tower 333 - 2005 E-One Cyclone II/Bronto 1500gpm./300gal./114' Skylift Snorkel Quint

Platforms[edit]

  • Platform 432 - 2008 Spartan Gladiator Classic/Smeal 1750gpm./500gal./100' Rear Mount Platform Tower Ladder Quint

Rescues[edit]

  • Rescue 112 - 2009 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 115 - 2009 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 122 - 2002 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 133 - 2009 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 134 - 2000 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 214 - 2000 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 224 - 2009 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 225 - 2002 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 231 - 2000 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 235 - 2009 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 241 - 2002 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 243 - 2000 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 321 - 2002 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 325 - 2013 Spartan MetroStar/ERV/Crimson 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 326 - 2001 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 341 - 2009 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 345 - 2002 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 411 - 2009 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1250gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 412 - 2002 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 413 - 2002 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 421 - 2001 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 423 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 425 - 2002 Spartan MetroStar/Smeal 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 426 - 2011 Spartan MetroStar/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 434 - 2013 Spartan MetroStar ERV/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 435 - 2001 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 441 - 2001 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 444 - 2013 Spartan MetroStar ERV/Crimson/Dependable 2000gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 5213(Spare) - 1996 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 5345(Spare) - 1998 American LaFrance Eagle 134/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal./100gal. Foam Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 5422(Spare) - 1996 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck
  • Rescue 5443(Spare) - 2000 Spartan MetroStar/Almonte 1050gpm./500gal. Rescue Pumper Truck

Squads[edit]

  • Squad 143 - 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Seagrave Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Squad 232 - 2005 Spartan Gladiator/Seagrave Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Squad 313 - 2009 Spartan Gladiator/Seagrave Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Squad 331 - 2013 Spartan Gladiator/Dependable Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Squad 445 - 2005 Spartan Gladiator/Seagrave Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Squad 5326(Spare) - 1985 Mack MC686P/PK Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Squad 5435(Spare) - 1991 International 4900/Dependable Heavy Rescue Truck

Command Units[edit]

  • Car 10 - 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Car 11 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 12 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 13 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 14 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 20 - 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Car 21 - 2007 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 22 - 2007 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 23 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 24 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 30 - 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Car 31 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 32 - 2012 Ford E250XL Super Duty
  • Car 33 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 34 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 40 - 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Car 41 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 42 - 2012 Ford E250XL Super Duty
  • Car 43 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 44 - 2011 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 5112(Spare) - 2003 Ford E350XL Super Duty
  • Car 5341(Spare) - 2004 Ford E350XL Super Duty

Special and Support Units[edit]

  • Air & Light Unit 114 - 2006 Freightliner M2 106/Dependable
  • Air & Light Unit 231 - 2010 Freightliner M2/Dependable
  • Air & Light Unit 333 - 2004 Freightliner M2 106 / Dependable
  • Air & Light Unit 421 - 2010 Freightliner M2/Dependable
  • Haz-Mat. Unit 145 - 2010 Spartan MetroStar/Dependable Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Haz-Mat. Unit 332 - 2006 Spartan MetroStar FF/Seagrave Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Haz-Mat. Support Unit 145 - 2010 Ford LCF/DEL Unicel
  • Haz-Mat. Support Unit 332 - 2009 Ford LCF/DEL Unicel
  • Decon. Unit 234 - 1998 Chevrolet P30/Dependable Emergency Vehicles Decon. Unit
  • High Rise Unit 332 - 2005 Spartan MetroStar/Dependable Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Command 10 - 2009 Freightliner MT55/PK
  • Command 30 - 2012 Freightliner/EVI
  • Command 60 - 1991 Mack MR688P/Dependable
  • Tanker 211 - 2005 Freightliner M2 112/Dependable 1050gpm./2500gal. Pumper Tanker Truck
  • Rapid Attack Vehicle (R.A.V.) 335 - 2006 GMC Savannah
  • Trench Rescue Support Unit 235 - 1988 Ford F800/Dependable Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Support 7(Canteen Unit) - 1997 GMC P30/PK Welding Canteen Unit

Communications[edit]

Response Guidelines[edit]

Toronto firefighters responding to a house fire on Donlands Avenue
Toronto Fire on scene of a multi-alarm blaze in the Yorkville neighbourhood
Battling a five-alarm fire in The Junction, 2012

Structure/Building Fires[edit]

Alarm Type Alarm Level Units Assigned
Structure Fire 1st Alarm Assignment 3 Pumpers/Rescues, 1 Aerial/Tower, 1 District Chief, High Rise Unit(if in High Rise Building)
Working Fire 1st Alarm Assignment, *Upgrade* 2 Pumpers/Rescues (1 R.I.T.), 1 Aerial/Tower, 1 Squad, 1 Platoon Chief, 1 Air & Light Unit
2nd Alarm Fire 2nd Alarm Assignment, *Upgrade* 4 Pumpers/Rescues, 1 Aerial/Tower, 1 Squad, 1 District Chief, 1 Platoon Chief, 1 Haz-Mat. Unit, 1 Air & Lighting Unit, 1 Command Unit
3rd Alarm Fire 3rd Alarm Assignment, *Upgrade* 4 Pumpers/Rescues, 1 Aerial/Tower, 1 District Chief
4th Alarm Fire 4th Alarm Assignment, *Upgrade* 2 Pumpers/Rescues, 1 Aerial/Tower, 1 District Chief, 1 Air & Lighting Unit
5th Alarm Fire 5th Alarm Assignment, *Upgrade* 2 Pumpers/Rescues, 1 Aerial/Tower, 1 District Chief

Gear[edit]

  • Starfield Lion Flame Fighter - current bunker gear
  • Traditional Composite Firefighting Helmet

Budget Cuts, Vehicle Reduction, Station Closure[edit]

As part of the City's 2013 Budget plans, the City of Toronto demanded a 10% cut by all city departments. TFS has recommended vehicle reduction at several stations (Stations 213, 215, 324 and 413) and one station to close (Station 424) to meet the 10% reduction target.[9] As well the cuts will lead to few firefighters on staff.[9]

See also[edit]

Other members of the Toronto's Emergency Services structure consists of:

Other agencies with historic ties to the TFD and TFS:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". scarboroughfirefighters.org. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "North York F.D. Information". northyorkfire.org. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "New Toronto Fire Department". newtorontohistorical.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Doolittle, Robyn (July 12, 2012). "Toronto’s new fire chief a top bureaucrat from Barrie". The Toronto Star. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Discover & explore Toronto's waterfront, Mike Filey, pp34
  6. ^ http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/111923--police-will-keep-g20-sound-cannons Police Will Keep G20 Sound Cannons
  7. ^ "Fire Station Locations - Toronto Fire Services - Emergency Services | City of Toronto". toronto.ca. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=48ff3840456e1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
  9. ^ a b CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/12/07/west-end-fire-station-trucks-closure216.html |url= missing title (help). 

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