Our schedule has been busy with tons of summertime events! Here are some Larry Thorne snapshots of Fire Ops 101 at the Fire Academy, our annual club BBQ at Station 334, and the Highland Creek Canada Day Parade. Be sure to tag @gtmaa on Facebook and Twitter if you want to share your pics!
At 16:25 hrs on Monday April 20, 2015 east end crews were dispatched to a residential dwelling at 3356 Brimley Road for a reported explosion and structural collapse. First in companies arrived to discover the house had been obliterated with heavy debris strewn across the neighbourhood. A natural gas odour could be smelled and crews worked to isolate utilities. Firefighters found one occupant of the house that was fatally injured in the blast. Numerous specialized personnel were called to the scene including Trench Rescue support, several Air and Light companies, and Toronto Police CBRNE and K9 HUSAR units.
Support 7 canteen was paged at 17:49 to assist with rehab and remained on scene well into the evening.
The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating.
Photos by Paul Glionna and Kevin Hardinge.
On Friday 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 Toronto Professional Fire Fighters at emergency calls. The presentation was held at the 86th Annual TPFFA Off-Duty & Media Awards held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.
This years’ recipient was Gord MacBride, a life member of our organization with over thirty five years of service. Gord was instrumental in establishing our canteen service operations with the Scarborough Fire Department, and continued to act as a liaison when our current truck (Support 7) was being conceptualized and placed into service.
He has served as a club officer on our Executive Board and has always risen to the occasion when needed, spending countless hours at many special events and conventions over the years. Gord is a valued contributor that embodies everything our club stands for and strives to achieve.
Featured picture: Gord MacBride (third from left) accepts his award in the presence of senior TFS, TPFFA, and GTMAA officials. Photo courtesy Larry Thorne.
The GTMAA Executive would like to thank our members and special guests that partook in our 40th Anniversary festivities this past weekend at the Canadiana Restaurant in Etobicoke. We enjoyed an evening filled with fellowship, entertainment, and laughter. The turnout was indeed impressive and we are grateful that so many friends could join us on this occasion; we hope you had a wonderful time.
A cheque was presented to the Bruce Beauchamp Memorial Fund with proceeds from our raffle and 50/50 sales to support their ongoing charity work in the community. Members of the Beauchamp family were on hand to accept the donation and conveyed their sincere gratitude for our contribution. To learn more about the Bruce Beauchamp Memorial Fund, including how to make an online tax-deductible donation, please visit brucebeauchampmemorialfund.ca
Two long-serving members were recognized the prestigious Robert Andrew Fire Buff of the Year Award: Gary Wignall and Gord MacBride. Both are previous recipients of the award (Gary in 1981 and 2005; Gord in 1977) and have been responsible for transforming the club from its humble beginnings into what it is today. Without their consistent effort and dedication over the years, the club as we know it simply would not exist.
The GTMAA 2014 Photographer of the Year Award was presented to Kevin Hardinge. His winning photo depicts Detroit firefighters working at a box alarm near Rosa Parks Blvd & Pine Street in April 2014. Congratulations Kevin! All photo submissions can be viewed in our blog post here.
An event of this magnitude obviously takes a great deal of work behind the scenes: to all of those that helped with making this evening a success, we sincerely thank you.
The GTMAA 2014 Photographer of the Year Award was presented at the GTMAA 40th Anniversary Dinner held on April 4, 2015. Voting was conducted by members of 332-B shift along with several special civilian appointees. We received a variety of submissions from five of our most talented photographers; the rights to all images are property of their respective owners. Stay tuned for the winning announcement!
On Sunday March 29, 2015 members attended the Real Canadian Superstore #2809 at Brimley/Progress to participate in a “Cram a Fire Truck” fundraiser for the Daily Bread Food Bank. We were on scene from 12:30pm to 6:30pm and made use of the ample space aboard Support 7 to collect as many donations as possible! You can learn more about the Daily Bread Food Bank by visiting http://www.dailybread.ca. Thanks to our friends at the Real Canadian Superstore for their efforts in making this event possible.