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, Director 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
Director of Administration, Dennis Brescacin
Phone: (807) 625-2726
The Fire Prevention Division consists of a Director, Captain, Public Education and Safety Officer and four Fire Prevention Officers. Their working hours are from 0800 hours until 1600 hours (8:00 am to 4:00 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.
Director of Fire Prevention & Investigation, Marty Patterson
Phone: (807) 625-2650
Captain of Fire Prevention & Investigation, Eric Nordlund
Phone: (807) 625-3617
Public Education and Safety Officer, Anthony Stokaluk
Phone: (807) 625-2802
Fire Prevention Clerk (807) 625-2764
Fire Prevention Officer Bob Vander Ploeg (807) 630-3745
Fire Prevention Officer Paul Abernethy (807) 620-7231
Fire Prevention Officer Paul Bureau (807) 624-8095
Fire Prevention Officer Kevin Anderson (807) 628-4921
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.
Director of Apparatus & Equipment, Bruno Rikkonen
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.
Director of Training Bill Johnson
Phone: (807) 625-2479