Ottawa Fire Services

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Ottawa Fire Services
OFS Logo.jpg
Protecting the Nation's Capital with pride
Agency overview
Established 2001 (OFS), 1839 (Original)
Employees 1576
Staffing Career/Paid On-Call
Fire chief Chief of Department Gerry Pingitore
Facilities and equipment
Battalions 9
Stations 45
Engines 50
Trucks 17
Rescues 6
Tenders 18

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) protects the lives, property and environment of the people who live, work and visit the City of Ottawa. Service personnel are highly trained to respond to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency incidents including fires, rescues and medical and hazardous-material emergencies. The department's headquarters is located on Carling Ave.


Like most North American fire departments, the Ottawa Fire Services is organized in a paramilitary fashion. The current Chief of the department is Gerry Pingitore. Serving Under Pingitore are three Deputy Chiefs, four Platoon Chiefs, five Division Chiefs, four Rural Sector Chiefs and twenty District Chiefs. At the station level, each urban station has a Captain for each of the four platoons. Each truck in the fleet is under the command of either a Captain or Lieutenant. For rural paid-on-call stations, each station has a station Captain and four Lieutenants.


The current Ottawa Fire Services came into existence in 2001 with the amalgamation of 9 fire departments from Ottawa and the surrounding areas. The nine former departments include the Ottawa Fire Department, Gloucester Fire Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Kanata Fire Department, Nepean Fire Department, Osgoode Fire Department, Rideau Valley Fire Department, Goulbourn Fire Department and West Carleton Fire Department.


There are 45 fire stations located across Ottawa, including 16 Paid On-Call stations and 5 composite stations. The stations are assigned to 9 district operations units. On Friday September 3, 2010, Chief deHooge announced that a three-year trial testing the use of 24-hour shift rotations would begin in January 2011. In Canada twelve of the fifteen largest fire departments are using the 24-hour shift rotation.


Currently, City of Ottawa firefighters are being issued tan Starfield Lion bunker gear, black leather STC Marshall structural fire boots, and traditional black Cairns 1044 Structural firefighting helmets for firefighters, Red 1044's for Lieutenants and Captains and White 1044s for Chief Officers. The department uses ISI Viking SCBAs,( being phased out) and replaced with MSA,s

Fire Stations/Apparatus[edit]

Ottawa Fire Services Pump Tank 53.

District 1[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
11 Little Italy & China Town 135 Preston St. P11A, P11B, L11, WR11, Boat11, C10
12 The Glebe 635 OO'Connor St. P12, R12, TR12
13 Sandy Hill/U of O 530 King Edward St. P13A, P13B, L13

District 2[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
21 College Ward 1300 Woodroffe Ave. P21, HM21, HM21A
22 Lincoln Hights 1397 Richmond Rd. P22, L22, WR22, Boat22
23 Westboro 1443 Carling Rd. P23, L23, SFTY23, C20
HQ Westboro 1443 Carling Rd. C1, C2, C3, C3B, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, INV1
24 Carleton Heights 230 Viewmount Dr. P24, L24, HM24, IHT24
25 Crestview 60 Knoxdale Rd. P25, FT25

District 3[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
31 Greenboro 3255 Conroy Rd. P31, C31
32 Leitrim 3202 Leitrim Rd. PT32
33 Huntclub 3336 McCarthy P33, L33
34 Riverside Park 700 Brookfield Rd. P34
35 Alta Vista 2355 Alta Vista Dr. P35, L35
36 St. Laurent 900 Industrial Ave. P36
37 Riverside South 910 Earl Armstrong Rd. P37, L37, WR37, Boat37

District 4[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
41 Glen Cairn 380 Eagleson Rd. P41, PT41, S41, C40
42 Beaverbrook 1021 Teton Rd. P42, L42
43 Bell's Corners 3845 Old Richmond Rd. PT43, R43, RT43
44 Barrhaven 1075 Greenbank Rd. P44
45 March 1030 Riddell Dr. SU45, T45, S45
46 Kanata West 34 Iber Rd. P46, PT46, CMD46
47 Barrhaven South 3559 Greenbank Rd. P47, L47, PV47

District 5[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
51 Carson Grove 900 Montreal Rd. P51, L51, C50
52 Convent Glen 6213 Jeanne D'Arc Bvld. P52
53 Falling Brook 500 Charlemange Blvd. P53, PT53, L53, R53, WR53, Boat53, S53
54 Blackburn Hamlet 3080 Innes Rd. P54, L54, AM54, AM54A, RHB54
55 Pineview 1700 Blair Rd. P55
56 Overbrook 275 Coventry Rd. P56
57 Vanier 220 Beechwood Ave. P57, L57

District 6[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
61 Kinburn 3150 Kinburn Side Rd. PT61, L61, SV61
62 Fitzroy Harbour 6900 Harbour St. P62, T62, WR62, Boat62
63 Constance Bay 341 Bayview Dr. PT63, T63, BT63, ATV63, SM63
64 Carp 475 Donald B. Minor Dr. P64, R64, T64, C60
66 Dunrobin 3285 Dunrobin Rd. P66, T66

District 7[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
71 Navan 1246 Colonial Rd. P71, T71, BT71, ATV71, SM71
72 Cumberland Village 2245 Old Montreal Rd. P72A, P72B, T72, S72
73 Vars 6090 Rockdale Rd. PT73, T73, S73, C70

District 8[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
81 Stittsville 1641 Stittsville Main St. P81A, P81B, T81A, T81B, L81, SV81, C80
82 Richmond 6280 Perth St. P82, R82, T82
83 North Gower 2352 Roger Stevens Dr. P83, T83, BT83, BTA83, ATV83
84 Corkery 3449 Old Almonte Rd. PT84, BT84, S84, ATV84

District 9[edit]

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
91 Metcalfe 8011 Victoria St. PT91, L91, S91
92 Osgoode 3110 Nixon Dr. P92, T92, WR92, Boat92
93 Greely 6891 Parkway Rd. PT93, R93, BT93, ATV93, SM93
94 Manotick 5669 Main St. P94, T94A, T94B, S94, C90

Apparatus Glossary[edit]

  • Pumper (P)
  • Ladder (L)
  • Rescue (R)
  • Tanker (T)
  • Pumper/Tanker (PT)
  • Hazardous materials (HM)
  • Technical Rescue (TR)
  • Squad (S)
  • Service Vehicle (SV)
  • Support Unit (SU)
  • Brush Truck (BT)
  • Water Rescue (WR)
  • Air Management (AM)
  • Rehab Vehicle (RHB)
  • Brush Tanker (BTA)
  • Pod Vehicle (PV)
  • Safety Officer (SFTY)
  • Officers Car (C)
  • Fire Investigator (INV)
  • Foam Truck (FT)
  • Command Vehicle (CMD)
  • Initial Hazard Assessment Team (IHT)
  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
  • Snowmobile (SM)

Support Offices[edit]

Office Address Division
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters 1445 Carling Avenue Head Office
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters 1445 Carling Avenue Fire Department Administration
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters 1443 Carling Avenue Equipment Maintenance Division
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters 1443 Carling Avenue Safety Officer's Division
Ben Franklin Place 101 Centerpointe Drive Bureau of Investigations and Prevention
Charles Sim Municipal Garage 2799 Swansea Crescent Fleet Maintenance Division
Ottawa Fire Services Training Center 900 Industrial Avenue Training Division
Ottawa Fire Services Communications Center 1423 Randall Ave Communications and Dispatch Division
Ottawa Fire Services Air Management Center 3080 Innes Road Air Management and Rehabilitation Division

Notable Incidents[edit]

The history of the Ottawa Fire Department includes several notable incidents, including the 1900 Hull–Ottawa fire

See also[edit]


  • Graham, John W. (1922), History of the Ottawa Fire Department. Vol. III., Ottawa, Ontario: Transactions of the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa, III.