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 Рand 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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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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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.

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