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The Suppression Division is comprised of a complement of four platoons working out of eight fire stations - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The eight stations are divided into two Districts, with four stations in the north District and four in the south District. Each district has one District Chief and three Captains, with a minimum complement of thirteen firefighters under their command. The District Chiefs report to a Platoon Chief, who oversees each platoon.  


The Administration Office is located on the second floor of the Vickers Street Fire Station. The working hours are from 0830 hours until 1630 hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) daily with the exception of weekends and statutory holidays. The Senior Officers including the Fire Chief, two Deputy Fire Chiefs, Division Chief of Administration & CEMC, Fire Prevention staff and the Administrative Support staff consisting of a Secretary to the Fire Chief, Accounting and Administation Clerk, Fire Prevention Clerk and a Program Support Coordinator are all located at this site.

Deputy Fire Chief, Greg Hankkio
Phone: (807) 625-2102

Deputy Fire Chief, Dave Paxton
Phone: (807) 625-2104

Division Chief of Administration, Dennis Brescacin
Phone: (807) 625-2726

Fire Prevention & Investigation

The Fire Prevention Division consists of a Division Chief, Captain, Public Education and Safety Officer and seven Fire Prevention Officers. Their working hours are from 0730 hours until 1730 hours (7:30 am to 5:30 pm) daily with the exception of weekends and statutory holidays and are on-call 24 hours a day to carry out fire investigations. This Division is responsible for ongoing inspections of industrial, commercial and residential properties under the authority of the Ontario Fire Code. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is committed to delivering fire and life safety education, juvenile firesetter intervention and programming for special interest groups, such as youth and seniors.

Division Chief of Fire Prevention & Investigation, Eric Nordlund
Phone: (807) 625-2650

Captain of Fire Prevention & Investigation, Paul Bureau
Phone: (807) 625-3617

Public Education and Safety Officer, Anthony Stokaluk 
Phone: (807) 625-2802

Fire Prevention Clerk (807) 625-2764

South Ward

Fire Prevention Officer Marcus Kavalchuk (807) 624-8096
Fire Prevention Officer Chris Coulter (807) 620-7231
Fire Prevention Officer Bob Vander Ploeg (807) 630-3745
Fire Prevention Officer Chris Hynnes (807) 632-3516

North Ward

Fire Prevention Officer Todd Reynolds (807) 630-7032
Fire Prevention Officer Kevin Anderson (807) 628-4921
Fire Prevention Officer Darren Leishman (807) 631-9183


Apparatus & Equipment

The Mechanical Division consists of two personnel, performing the servicing and maintenance tasks on all Fire Service mobile, portable and stationary equipment. Our apparatus and vehicles consist of front-line pumpers, pumper/rescues, aerial platforms, aerial ladder, administration vehicles, plow trucks and back-up units. The stationary equipment includes stand-by generators, breathing air compressors, fill stations and portable equipment such as smaller pumps, chain saws, Jaws of Life, lawn mowers, snow blowers, outboard motors, and boats.

Division Chief of Apparatus & Equipment, Randy Thompson
Phone: (807) 625-2775



Training is an integral part of any modern Fire Department. In order to meet the demanding role of being a firefighter, education is a lifelong commitment. The Training Division is dedicated to providing high-quality learning for all of its personnel.

The Training Division provides new recruits with the basic skills necessary to extinguish fires, perform rescues, provide medical assistance, protect the environment, offer public education, and ensure public safety. New recruits spend six weeks under the guidance of the Training Division, prior to being assigned to a Platoon in the Suppression Division.

Once a new recruit is assigned to Suppression, the Training Division is responsible for providing the necessary resources required to become proficient not only in firefighting, but also Medical Responses including, but not limited to, First Aid, CPR and Defibrillation. Fire Rescue Service instructors facilitate the learning of Hazardous Material Response, High and Low Angle Rope Rescue, Ice/Water Rescue, and Auto Extrication.

The Training Division is responsible for ensuring that all Fire Rescue Officers meet the requirements for the Provincial Standard for a Company Officer and/or a Senior Officer and a Fire Prevention Officer. Officers undergo written and practical exams established by the Training Division, under direction from the Fire Chief, in order to meet the Provincial Standard.

Division Chief of Training Bill Johnson
Phone: (807) 625-2479