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Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) protects the lives, property and environment of the people who live, work and visit the City of Ottawa. Service personnel are highly trained to respond to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency incidents including fires, rescues and medical and hazardous-material emergencies. The department's headquarters is located on Carling Ave.

Ottawa Fire Services
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Protecting the Nation's Capital with pride
Agency overview
Established2001 (OFS), 1839 (Original)
Employees1576
StaffingCareer/Paid On-Call
CommissionerGeneral Manager Anthony DiMonte
Fire chiefChief of Department Kim Ayotte
EMS levelCFR
Facilities and equipment
Battalions9
Stations45
Engines50
Trucks17
Rescues6
Tenders18

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OrganizationEdit

Like most North American fire departments, the Ottawa Fire Services is organized in a paramilitary fashion. The current Chief of the department is Kim Ayotte. Serving Under Ayotte are three Deputy Chiefs, four Platoon Chiefs, five Division Chiefs, four Rural Sector Chiefs and twenty District Chiefs. At the station level, each urban station has a Captain for each of the four platoons. Each truck in the fleet is under the command of either a Captain or Lieutenant. For rural paid-on-call stations, each station has a station Captain and four Lieutenants.

HistoryEdit

The current Ottawa Fire Services came into existence in 2001 with the amalgamation of nine fire departments from Ottawa and the surrounding areas. The nine former departments include the Ottawa Fire Department, Gloucester Fire Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Kanata Fire Department, Nepean Fire Department, Osgoode Fire Department, Rideau Fire Department, Goulbourn Fire Department and West Carleton Fire Department.

OperationsEdit

There are 45 fire stations located across Ottawa, including 16 Paid On-Call stations and 5 composite stations. The stations are assigned to 9 district operations units. On Friday September 3, 2010, Chief deHooge announced that a three-year trial testing the use of 24-hour shift rotations would begin in January 2011. In Canada twelve of the fifteen largest fire departments are using the 24-hour shift rotation.

EquipmentEdit

Currently, City of Ottawa firefighters are issued tan Starfield Lion bunker gear, black leather STC Marshall structural fire boots, and traditional black Cairns 1044 structural firefighting helmets for firefighters, red 1044's for Lieutenants and Captains and white 1044s for Chief Officers. In 2015, the department phased out their SCBA's (previously the ISI Viking), and replaced them with the MSA Firehawk M7XT with Rescue Belt II system and Ultra Elite facepiece.

Fire Stations/ApparatusEdit

 
Ottawa Fire Services Pump Tank 53.

District 1Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
11 Little Italy & China Town 135 Preston St. P11A, P11B, T11, WR11, Boat11, C10
12 The Glebe 635 O'Connor St. P12, R12, TR12
13 Sandy Hill/U of O 530 King Edward St. P13A, P13B, L13

District 2Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
21 College Ward 1300 Woodroffe Ave. P21, HM21, HMS21
22 Lincoln Heights 1397 Richmond Rd. P22, T22, WR22, Boat22
23 Westboro 1443 Carling Ave. P23, L23, SFTY23, C20
HQ Westboro 1443 Carling Ave. C1, C2, C3, C3B, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, INV1
24 Carleton Heights 230 Viewmount Dr. P24, T24, HM24, IHT24
25 Crestview 60 Knoxdale Rd. P25, FT25

District 3Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
31 Greenboro 3255 Conroy Rd. P31, C31
32 Leitrim 3202 Leitrim Rd. PT32
33 Huntclub 3336 McCarthy P33, L33
34 Riverside Park 700 Brookfield Rd. P34
35 Alta Vista 2355 Alta Vista Dr. P35, T35
36 Pineview 1935 Cyrville Road P36
37 Riverside South 910 Earl Armstrong Rd. P37, L37, WR37, Boat37

District 4Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
41 Glen Cairn 380 Eagleson Rd. P41, PT41, S41, C40
42 Beaverbrook 1021 Teron Rd. P42, L42
43 Bell's Corners 3845 Old Richmond Rd. PT43, R43, TR43
44 Barrhaven 1075 Greenbank Rd. P44
45 March 1040 Riddell Dr. SU45, TA45, S45
46 Kanata West 34 Iber Rd. P46, PT46, CMD46,SV46
47 Barrhaven South 3559 Greenbank Rd. P47, L47, PV47

District 5Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
51 Carson Grove 900 Montreal Rd. P51, T51, C50
52 Convent Glen 6213 Jeanne D'Arc Bvld. P52
53 Falling Brook 500 Charlemange Blvd. P53, PT53, T53, R53, WR53, Boat53, S53
54 Blackburn Hamlet 3080 Innes Rd. P54, L54, AM54, AM54A, RHB54
55 Summerside 2283 Portobello Blvd P55
56 Overbrook 275 Coventry Rd. P56
57 Vanier 220 Beechwood Ave. P57, L57

District 6Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
61 Kinburn 3150 Kinburn Side Rd. P61, TA61
62 Fitzroy Harbour 6900 Harbour St. P62, TA62, WR62, Boat62, SV62
63 Constance Bay 341 Bayview Dr. PT63, TA63, BT63, ATV63, SM63
64 Carp 475 Donald B. Munro Dr. P64, R64, TA64, C60
66 Dunrobin 3285 Dunrobin Rd. PT66, L66

District 7Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
71 Navan 1246 Colonial Rd. P71, TA71, BT71, ATV71, SM71
72 Cumberland Village 2245 Old Montreal Rd. P72A, P72B, TA72, S72
73 Vars 6090 Rockdale Rd. PT73, TA73, S73, C70

District 8Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
81 Stittsville 1641 Stittsville Main St. P81A, P81B, TA81, TB81, T81, C80
82 Richmond 6280 Perth St. P82, R82, TA82
83 North Gower 2352 Roger Stevens Dr. P83, TA83, BT83, BTA83, ATV83
84 Corkery 3449 Old Almonte Rd. PT84, BT84, S84, ATV84

District 9Edit

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
91 Metcalfe 8011 Victoria St. PT91, T91, S91
92 Osgoode 3110 Nixon Dr. P92, TA92, WR92, Boat92
93 Greely 6891 Parkway Rd. PT93, R93, BT93, UTV93, SM93
94 Manotick 5669 Manotick Main St. P94, TA94, TB94, S94, C90

Apparatus GlossaryEdit

  • Pumper (P)
  • Ladder (L)
  • Tower (T)
  • Rescue (R)
  • Tanker (TA)
  • Pumper/Tanker (PT)
  • Hazardous materials (HM)
  • Technical Rescue (TR)
  • Squad (S)
  • Service Vehicle (SV)
  • Support Unit (SU)
  • Brush Truck (BT)
  • Water Rescue (WR)
  • Air Management (AM)
  • Rehab Vehicle (RHB)
  • Brush Tanker (BTA)
  • Pod Vehicle (PV)
  • Safety Officer (SFTY)
  • Officers Car (C)
  • Fire Investigator (INV)
  • Foam Truck (FT)
  • Command Vehicle (CMD)
  • Initial Hazard Assessment Team (IHT)
  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
  • Snowmobile (SM)

Support OfficesEdit

Office Address Division
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters 1445 Carling Avenue Head Office
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters 1445 Carling Avenue Fire Department Administration
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters 1443 Carling Avenue Equipment Maintenance Division
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters 1443 Carling Avenue Safety Officer's Division
Ben Franklin Place 101 Centerpointe Drive Bureau of Investigations and Prevention
Charles Sim Municipal Garage 2799 Swansea Crescent Fleet Maintenance Division
Ottawa Fire Services Training Center 900 Industrial Avenue Training Division
Ottawa Fire Services Communications Center 1423 Randall Ave Communications and Dispatch Division
Ottawa Fire Services Air Management Center 3080 Innes Road Air Management and Rehabilitation Division

Notable IncidentsEdit

The history of the Ottawa Fire Department includes several notable incidents, including the 1900 Hull–Ottawa fire.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Bibliography
  • Graham, John W. (1922), History of the Ottawa Fire Department. Vol. III., Ottawa, Ontario: Transactions of the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa, III.