What is the Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association (GTMAA)? It is a question that is asked a lot but there isn’t an easy answer. The easiest way to answer that question is we operate Toronto Fire Services’ Support 7. To say that is all we do would be an understatement. Click below on “Read More” to read the full article.
It was the early morning of May 25, 2017 when the tones went off. “Rescue 325, Pumper 333, Pumper 334, Pumper 325, Tower 333, Fireboat 334, Chief 33. Fire Commercial/Industrial 242 Cherry Street, Green For Life. South Tac 3.” It took Pumper 333 3 minutes and 33 seconds to have first visual on the scene. Within the captain’s first radio transmission he requested a 2nd Alarm. Two minutes later Tower 333 upgraded the call to a 3rd Alarm.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.