Ontario Fire Station Evolution

Every fire station has a story.  Some speak to their longevity,  others their architectural style, many reflect 

the personnel, or the apparatus they house. Others mirror the personality or the structure of the community!  

While each fire hall has a practical function for housing apparatus, personnel and training purposes,

emergency shelter, many hold a place of prominence for the the men and women who serve their communities.


The project you are about to enter is a time-line compilation of stories, articles, and folklore following the

 the evolution of these Ontario, Canada fire halls.  


It is meant to be living tribute and a learning experience for those wishing to see the resolution of the men

and women of these fire services, the communities they serve, and the events which have fashion them.

It will be a continual work in progress, as today's events are tomorrow's history.

It has been an interesting journey over many years,  and one where we continually learn about the camaraderie, the triumphs, and disappointments behind the growth of these fire stations.  While most  events reflect on the emergency service members, there are also many times where private citizens come to the aid of their neighbours and even complete strangers. We have found there is an inherent good in most people and a willingness to help out when there is a need.

We welcome everyone's involvement, and I am truly thankful to the people who have already been gracious 

and interested enough to assist in this journey by contributing to the collection.


This includes so many people: Fire Chiefs, Ranking Officers, retired and active Firefighters, Fire Buffs, Elected Officials, Journalists, Authors,  Broadcasters, Historians and others knowledgeable in the events. 


Sadly, however, it has not gone without disappointment,  where some officials have shown a disinterest in

their department's past, and appear to be more self absorbed with their own legacy, and not with the dealings 

which have forged their fire service. Unfortunately, these people undermine the intent of the project and the many good people who have already assisted, possibly leaving voids in their fire service history. 


I would be remiss if I forgot to acknowledge a few more more personal connections who have been very instrumental to this project.


I'm  continually reminded of the valued contributions of the late Neil McCarten.  Neil loved travelling and meeting people and learning about trains, transportation and fire services no matter where he went.  During many of his journeys throughout Ontario, along with his wife Ruth, he collected and willingly shared the information and pictures which can be seen throughout this collection.


The late Richard Sargent,  from the  former web page the Apparatus Floor,  who collected everything

fire-related, was a major influence to sharing information and an inspiration to pursue this project.


Two other major contributors have been Harold McMann and Desmond Brett, for without their knowledge

and contributions, many of these pages would have been left without content.  


The many contributors to the Trumpet and the Third Alarm publications have also added much value with their insight and general knowledge.


Lastly, I must remember my plus one, Sue, who has spent endless hours travelling, and assisting me in 

my quest to learn about these stations, helping with note taking, and typing in order to offer these stories.


There are just so many fabulous people who are responsible for these histories that I am unable to acknowledge everyone here, they are however mentioned in the attribution credits of each station.


With the indispensable assistance of people who are interested in preserving these legacies, it will continue to be a living tribute to this honourable vocation and the communities they serve.



Although we try to be as correct as possible with our information, as a condition of entering the database, it must be understood some of the material may not be entirely accurate as it could come from multiple sources, a person's memory, local legend, social media and other accounts, which can be  subject to the sources interpretation.


Other parts may be full articles or only excerpts,  some could be extracted and blended together from similar

accounts of the same event. These may include different media sources,  historical records, and published authors.