The face of Toronto Fire Services has grown and changed through the years from 1867 to 2017, but the reason we serve the public has remained the same: the protection of life, property and the environment. Canada's 150th birthday gives us an opportunity to look to the rich fire protection history of Toronto's past, how our origins commenced, and in what ways our history has shaped the future. We welcome you to attend our celebratory events as a part of 'TO Canada with Love.'
Canada Day - July 1st
Join us for a historical lecture on the Noronic Passenger Ship fire for our first event on Canada's birthday. The Noronic fire occurred on September 17, 1949, and was responsible for the largest singular loss of human lives in Toronto's history. Join us at Station 334 in Toronto's Harbourfront Community to learn about a fire that helped shape Toronto's unique history. The lecture presentation will be delivered by Mr. Corey Keeble, a well-known public lecturer, tour guide, author, and Curator emeritus of the Royal Ontario Museum:
10:00 am – Fire Station 334 opens to the public for informal tours of the William Lyon Mackenzie Fire Boat, and some historical artifacts that are currently on loan by Toronto Museum Services.
11:30 am – Lecture by Corey Keeble
12:30 pm – Water Display by the William Lyon Mackenzie on Lake Ontario
1:30 pm – Water Display ends
2:00 pm – Event Completion
Canadian National Exhibition August 18th to September 4th
Toronto Fire Services also invites you to attend our Canada 150 photographic/historic display at the CNE Fire Station throughout the 18-days of the Canadian National Exhibition! Our photographs depict a snapshot of Toronto's rich firefighting and fire prevention history. This year's event will focus on 150 years of Keeping Toronto Safe from Fire, and will also include Toronto artifacts, such as a fire engine built in 1837, and a replica of the original dress uniform of the Chief Engineer of the Toronto Fire Brigade 'James Ashfield.'
For the second time since 1837, Toronto Fire Services has acquired on loan, courtesy of Pioneer Village, the third piece of firefighting equipment that the original Toronto Fire Brigade owned. Known as the 'British America,' it was donated by the British America Insurance Company, as it was customary for insurance companies at this time to donate firefighting apparatus to cities. During the normal operating hours of the CNE, the public is welcome to come view this distinctive engine at Fire Station 346.
Fire Services Day is on August 24th and will feature a 'TO Canada with Love' parade at 6 pm on CNE grounds where our 'historic' Chief Engineer James Ashfield, wearing a replica uniform from the late 1800's, will march alongside Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, along with Toronto Fire Services staff, antique firefighting apparatus and the Toronto Fire Services Pipes & Drums Band. Arrive early and have your photo taken with historical firefighters at our social media photo booth (2-6 pm), your face airbrush painted (10 am- 2 pm), or pick up your historical firefighter tattoo! Old fashioned post cards of the CNE fire station circa 1912 are also available courtesy of Toronto Fire Services.
Children can join us for the Bucket Brigade Junior Challenge on August 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31st from 12- 6 pm. Come early as the first 1000 visitors to the station on Fire Services Day will receive a historically themed plastic tumbler!
Stay tuned for more Canada 150 information during our 2017 Fire Prevention Week, during the week of October 9th. Events TBA.