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We’re history! GTMAA’s response in Mississauga train derailment now part of library archive

The Mississauga Public Library has given an official nod to GTMAA’s deployment during the Mississauga train derailment nearly 40 years ago.

A copy of GTMAA’s newsletter from 1979 has been added to the library’s archive collection on the infamous incident, outlining the story of how our volunteers spent 11 days keeping first responders hydrated, warm and in good spirits during what became one of Canada’s largest peacetime evacuations.

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Last Alarm – Capt. Stephen Forsey

Photo (above) by Wayne Edward
Photo (below) by the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association

Support 7 was requested for a funeral service honouring Toronto Fire Capt. Stephen Forsey in late February.  Our volunteers dutifully attended, providing beverages and snacks for attendees throughout the service. Capt. Forsey’s passing was determined to be a line of duty death. The Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association expresses its sincere condolences to the Forsey family.

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Fifth alarm – Topper Linen and Supply

Photos by Louis Tam

This post takes us back to last month, when a fifth alarm fire broke out at a Junction-area garment business.

Our volunteers were called to relieve our sister rehab unit Box 12 during when a fire broke out at Topper Linen and Uniform Service at around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Within 30 minutes, the fire was upgraded to a third alarm. Five and a half hours later, it became a fifth alarm. The business was left in smoking ruins. Many people arriving at the business to drop off uniforms for service had to be turned away that morning.

Though the Keele Street and Dundas Street West area is far from our coverage area, Support 7 was dispatched to the cross-town call as Box 12 had exhausted their supplies by 11 a.m.

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One of a kind…

Some people say that Firefighters wait around and eat donuts all day, maybe get a call once and a while. Well with volunteering within the department and the many friends I have made, I know that this just isn’t true. Click below on “Read More” to read the full article.

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