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Bruce Beauchamp Annual Dinner

Another year, another great night out at The Canadiana Restaurant celebrating our history and raising money for a worthy cause.  Saturday April 22nd brought out many members of our club, TFS brass both past and present and great friends. We honoured a dear friend and TFS retired Deputy Chief Terry Boyko that passed away last year. By adding is name to our Memorial bell and necrology. Terry was a great friend and amazing person. We had the honour of having Terry’s wife Lisa, daughter Larissa and son in law Shaun attend. Also we were able to present the Beauchamp Foundation with a cheque for $400. Bruce Beauchamp foundation, Bruce was a member of our club that passed away 30 years ago from cancer. His family started the foundation to help raise awareness and money to with cancer research. They have been able to help many other charities, last year they donated to help the First Responders that where apart of the Fort McMurray wildfires.


The Robert Andrews Firebuff of the Year got handed out to Linda Betsworth, a well deserving member who continues to show amazing leadership and dedication to the club and the canteen. “But when did she develop her interest in the fire service? Did the fact that her nephew is a captain with Brampton Fire Department have something to do with it? When she discovered our little group did she feel that her years of working with children would come in handy? Whatever the reason is, the club and it’s members were the beneficiaries of Linda’s dedication and willingness to come out night or day, hot or cold, to serve. She always steps forward and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty…” as said by GTMAA member and past treasurer, Gord MacBride.


The Photgrapher of the year was awarded to Desmond Brett one of our long time members, for a great shot he took of the 3th alarm on Warden Ave one warm evening back on June 27th.

“Crews made their way into this front area of this large, multi-unit industrial plaza as heavy smoke rolled from the building. They located a well-involved area in the rear section of a large electronics store and started their attack, but the roof overhead, weighed down by an HVAC unit, began to sag and they were pulled out. As the fire progressed, it broke through the roof and caused a portion of the north wall to collapse. There ladder pipes and big lines were used from outside as flames rolled towards the front, with the entire A-B corner coming down, slightly injuring two TFS members and causing some damage to a spare aerial being used from the B side laneway. Flames devoured the front portion of the building but were prevented from involving most of the units behind. It took two hours to control the outbreak and several more for overhead. Losses exceed $2 million and the OFM is looking into the cause.” – July 2016 Trumpet



Camp Bucko

Tonight Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association gave Camp Bucko’s Director Pat Hayter a cheque to send one kid to camp this summer. Camp BUCKO (Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) is a camp open to burn survivors between the ages of 7-17.  The camp has grown to over 70 children attending the week long camp in August.  There is no fee to attend Camp BUCKO. For more information or to donate visit http://www.campbucko.ca

Photo taken by Larry Thorne


Last Alarm – Quartermaster Capt. Marcy Stratton and Firefighter Stuart Bryan

It’s been a difficult week for the Toronto Fire Services family. Within the span of two days, the service lost sister Marcy Stratton and brother Stuart Bryan. Our crew were honoured to serve at Stratton’s funeral on Sunday. Members of our crew also attended Bryan’s funeral today, where our sister unit Box 12 served. Read more

We’re moving!

Image above by the late J. Karl Lee, GTMAA member.

Our crew is saying goodbye to 95 years of firefighting history as we prepare to move out of a century-old downtown fire hall – and into a new hangout in Scarborough.

For nearly four decades, the decommissioned fire hall at 39 Commissioners St. was what our club called home. Built in 1922, this hall served the Port Lands area until it was shut down in the 1980s. Our friends at the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association, who then took over the building, have graciously allowed us to use this historic facility for our weekly get-togethers and meetings for nearly four decades. But since they will be moving to a new building in Scarborough, we’re going with them!

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A weekend of Easter eggs and helping to fight hunger in our communities

It was a busy weekend for our volunteers, who took part in the Beaches Easter Parade on Easter Sunday. The day prior, we were at the Scarborough Town Centre Real Canadian Superstore, helping to collect several carts of non-perishable food items for the Daily Bread Food Bank, along with $285 in donations to help fight hunger in our communities.

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5th Alarm Fire at Standard Auto Wreckers

The following first person account was submitted by Jeremy Reigber. Photographs by Mykhail Baehr: Click on any image to see the full size photograph.

Walking in the front door and you turn your radio on and you hear that relay pumping is required, all you can think is that this will be a long call. I just went straight into responding mode, we haven’t been requested yet but you knew it was just a matter of when. Every time you hear “Toronto Fire, Chief 20” you get excited, you think the next radio transmission will be requesting Support 7 and then its go time. But sadly you keep hearing other fire ground issues being discussed. Talking about the water relay and shutting down the CN Rail, having police attend to act as traffic control. When Toronto fire arrived they realized that there was no fire hydrants close to the fire. They had to start to shuttle water in via a Tanker.

And then it came…

Chief 20: Toronto Fire, Sewells Command.

Dispatch: Go ahead Sewells Command.

Chief 20: Can you contact Pickering Fire please, we will take as many tankers as they can supply.

Dispatch:Roger Sewells Command.

Chief 20: Also Toronto Fire, Chief 20, requesting Support 7.

Dispatch: Roger Chief 20.

And its go time ! I grabbed the car keys and my portable and jumped in the car!When I arrived on scene there was visible flames. Toronto fire was still having issues finding a steadywater source as water hydrants were not easy to find. They had no choice but to set up one of the longest water relays in the departments history. 16 trucks were used to pump water from the hydrant and Strains road and Steeles to the fire scene at Sewells road and Steeles. On route to the fire my radio was going off like crazy. Sewells command kept asking for more apparatus to attend as they didn’t have enough for the water relay. They were bringing fire trucks in from the north and the south divisions. Toronto Fire had:

16 Pumper trucks (P211, P242, P234, P245, P232, P212, P233, P221, P223, P114, P244, P116, P324, P123, P222, P111)

6 Rescue trucks (R214, R241, R235, R225, R321, R224)

3 Aerial trucks (A213, A244, A215)

1 Squad (S232)

1 Hazardous Materials Unit (HZ145)

1 Tower (T114)

2 Command units (CMD10, CMD30)

6 Tankers (Pickering Fire, Markham Fire, Stouffville Fire, Richmond Hill and Toronto Fire(WT211))

2 Air Light units (LA231, LA114)

1 Canteen Unit (SUP7)

12 Chiefs (C21, C24, C20, C23, C13, C30, C8, C1, C4, C7, C3)

2 Fire Investigation Units (FI3, FI6)

1 Mechanical Response Unit (MRU40)

For people who aren’t aware of the scene at Standard Auto Wreckers is just south of a CN rail line. With farm fields to the east, west and south. The only way in and out for the apparatus was to come south on Sewells crossing these tracks. This was a problem as we couldn’t lay supply lines over the live train tracks incase we had a CN train come by. Toronto fire with assistance from CN Rail found a solution to this as they dug a trench and put the supply line under the track. Toronto fire was notified of Ten thousand litres of gasoline inside the structure. Thinking it couldn’t get any worse the urgent tones go off, everyone on scene shuts up and listens to see what is about to be said. We all hear this ” URGENT URGENT URGENT All apparatus at Sewells road stay off the tracks as there is a approaching train. URGENT URGENT URGENT”. We look at its a long and when I mean long, CN train. To put it into focus, imagine a firefighter goes down or a crew needs something and they can’t get it for the next 10 minutes because we can’t get around this train. It was always a scary and tense moment when the train came by.

So as the slogan on our truck states “Serving the ones that protect us” we decided we needed to make sure the guys on those trucks were ok. We got a bag full of water and Gatorade and another bag of Granola bar. We jumped in one of the members Tahoe and we went driving down the relay line. I have never seen guys get so happy. We would pull up beside the high vol. hose line and you would see the truck doors open and the crews get out with big smiles on their faces! Truck by truck we went and said hi, chatted with the crew and made sure they were ok. Once Toronto Fire got the fire under control a majority of the buildings were burnt to the ground. It is now a game of finding all the hot spots and putting water on them. A long a tiring task but one that must be done to make sure the fire doesn’t reignite. Another amazing job done by the fine men and women of Toronto Fire. I am honoured to help and serve these men and women who keeps our city safe.

I personally want to thank Mykhail Baehr for his amazing pictures from this Fire. Thank you brother ! You have an amazing eye.