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New Fire Chief Appointed

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2020 08:15 AM

Greg Hankkio has been appointed Fire Chief for the City of Thunder Bay.

Chief Hankkio started his career as a firefighter with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue in 1991. He was appointed Deputy Fire Chief in 2007 and has been serving as Acting Fire Chief of Thunder Bay Fire Rescue since October of 2019.

“Greg Hankkio is experienced, dedicated and loves this City,” said City Manager Norm Gale in announcing the appointment. “He brings exemplary leadership and professional skills to the important role of overseeing...

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Fire Cause Determined To Be Careless Disposal of Smoking Materials

Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2020 07:00 AM

An investigation by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has concluded that the structural fire that occurred at 330 Lillie St. North on June 2, 2020, was the result of careless disposal of smoking material. Cigarette butts were found in the landscaped area that was covered in wood chips outside of an entrance to the building. Once ignited the fire spread to insulation on the outside of the building. Limited smoke entered the building and residents weren’t required to be evacuated.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is working...

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Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Lifts Fire Ban

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2020 01:45 PM

At midnight tonight, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue will lift the City wide fire ban previously in place. 

At that time, all valid outdoor burning permits will be reinstated. The fire ban being lifted is consistent with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests lifting the Restricted Fire Zone declaration.

Residents are reminded that fire stations are closed to the public due to the Covid-19 emergency, so permits can only be renewed and applied for online. New permit applications require...

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue COVID-19 Update

Posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2020 12:15 PM

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent social distancing policies, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue would like to communicate to the public the adjustments in which we will be operating.

First and foremost emergency response has not changed.  All of our Fire Stations are staffed and able to respond to any emergencies that the community might face. Our Fire Fighters will be instituting enhanced personal protective equipment protocols and procedures such as:

  • Maintaining six feet of distance...

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Issues Fire Ban

Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2020 12:45 PM

Effective at midnight tonight, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has issued a fire ban on all outdoor burning within the City of Thunder Bay.  The ban on outdoor burning is consistent with the recent Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests Restricted Fire Zone declaration. 

Residents are reminded that all outdoor burning permits are suspended when a fire ban is in effect.  Any outdoor burning during a fire ban will result in prosecution and substantial fine. We appreciate the community’s...