Ian Duke

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17 Sep 2015

The Anniversary of the S.S. Noronic Disaster

The early hours of September 17, 1949 saw one of the most concentrated efforts of men and apparatus ever put forth by the Toronto Fire Department. This would be the morning that the S.S. NORONIC would burn while anchored in Toronto. Mr. Harper, the watchman for the Canada Steamship Lines, first noticed the fire as he made his rounds on Pier No. 9. The fire department was then quickly called by telephone. At 2:38 AM, Acting Platoon Chief J. Stevens responded to the scene with 1 pumper, 1 hose wagon, 1 high pressure truck, 1 rescue squad, and 1 aerial. When Chief Stevens passed through the York St. underpass and saw the top decks of the ship fully involved, and passengers jumping into the water, he ordered a second alarm before even arriving. Click 'Read More' to continue reading.

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15 Aug 2015

Quick takes from the 2015 IFBA Convention

Several of our members are spending the week in Hartford, Connecticut for the 2015 annual convention of the International Fire Buff Associates (IFBA). Here are a few images supplied by Carolyn Wignall and Thomas Luthi. Click on "Read More" below to see all of the images. 11856263_852667124817007_1613013197752392450_o 11891147_853295958087457_6665170008712032360_n

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21 Apr 2015

Brimley Road House Explosion

At 16:25 hrs on Monday April 20, 2015 east end crews were dispatched to a residential dwelling at 3356 Brimley…

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Member Gord MacBride (third from left) accepts his award in the presence of TFS, TPFFA, and GTMAA officials.
09 Apr 2015

Gord MacBride honoured with Barry White Award

On March 27, 2015 the GTMAA had the privilege of presenting one of our members with the Barry White Award, which is bestowed annually to volunteers on Box 12 or Support 7 for their outstanding and dedicated service to firefighters at emergency calls.

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