Thunder Bay Fire Rescue provides the city and region with a highly trained emergency service capable of handling a range of emergencies and hazardous situations. Fire suppression, auto extrication, hazardous material spills, industrial accidents, medical response/defibrillation, high/low angle rescue, ice/water rescue and confined space rescue are provided from eight stations. We also deliver emergency planning for the community.

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Mission and vision

Mission statement

To save life, property and environment by providing fire protection, rescue, public education and medical assistance to our community.


To continue our commitment to excellence and provide a dynamic emergency service, respected and valued by our community.

Our present and very progressive fire rescue service is under the leadership of Acting Fire Chief, Dave Paxton. It serves a population of 110,000 in an area of 322.5 square kilometres comprising of 44 kilometres of Lake Superior shoreline, several interior waterways, and provides structural firefighting and emergency medical service to 89 square kilometres of Fort William First Nation Reservation No. 52. from eight fire stations. All first-response pumpers carry semi-automatic Heartstart Defibrillators and we participate in a signed Tiered Response agreement.

Our firefighters through the Professional Firefighters Association Local 193, among many other acts of charitable gesture, sponsor and serve the Thanksgiving Meal for the Salvation Army. The "Toys for Tots" campaign donates more than $130,000 annually to the City of Thunder Bay Christmas Cheer Fund to purchase gifts for children in the city and district less fortunate than our own. Beginning mid-November, off-duty firefighters staff a "toy" fire station in the food court of Intercity Shopping Centre until the Wednesday proceeding Christmas Day.

Fire stations


Fire Station Locations
Fire StationAddressPhone Number
Station 1 330 Vickers Street North 807-625-2105
Station 2 20 Junot Avenue 807-768-0641
Station 3 60 South Water Street 807-684-2916
Station 4 501 Churchill Drive 807-577-8079
Station 5 300 Hodder Avenue 807-683-3541
Station 6 1710 Frederica Street West 807-473-5023
Station 7 2065 20th Side Road 807-473-4990
Station 8 3000 Government Road 807-768-0402

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For more information about our divisions, or to reach a specific contact, visit our Contact Fire Rescue page.


The Suppression Division is comprised 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 Station One at 330 N Vickers Street. The working hours are from 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 Administration Clerk, Fire Prevention Clerk and a Program Support Coordinator are all located at this site.


Fire Prevention and 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 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 fire setter intervention and programming for special interest groups, such as youth and seniors.


Apparatus and 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 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.



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 twenty four 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.


Contact Fire Rescue

In the event of an emergency call 911. 

Visit our Fire Code Complaints page if you'd like to submit a concern.  Fire Administration Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with exception of weekends and statutory holidays. For general inquiries call (807) 625-2103.


Fire Chief, Dave Paxton
Phone: (807) 625-2101
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Acting Deputy Fire Chief, Dave Tarini
Phone: (807) 625-2104
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Deputy Fire Chief, Martin Hynna
Phone: (807) 625-2102
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Division Chief of Administration, Dennis Brescacin
Phone: (807) 625-2726
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Fire Prevention and Investigation

Captain of Fire Prevention & Investigation, Kevin Anderson
Phone: (807) 625-3617
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Fire Prevention Clerk
Phone: (807) 625-2764

Apparatus & Equipment

Division Chief of Apparatus & Equipment, Randy Thompson
Phone: (807) 684-2775
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Division Chief of Training, Peter Warywoda
Phone: (807) 625-2479
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Calling 911

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

911 is the emergency telephone number which connects you to Ambulance, Police or Fire in an emergency situation. Calling 911 helps you reach emergency services when you require immediate assistance.

When an individual dials 911, the caller will be asked whether they require Police, Fire or Ambulance. Upon stating "Fire", the caller will be transferred to the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Dispatcher.

How you can help the dispatcher to help you:

  • Remain calm. Give direct answers to all the questions asked. Speak slowly and clearly. You will be asked additional questions so the dispatcher can send the right type of help. All questions are important.
  • What is the emergency?
  • Where is the emergency? Give the complete address, including any building name or number, apartment or unit number and nearest cross street.
  • Who needs help? Age and number of people.
  • Is anyone trapped? Has everyone made it safely out of the building?
  • Don't hang up, allow the dispatcher to release the call.

How you can help before we arrive:

  • Assure everyone that help is on the way.
  • Keep the phone line clear after the 911 call has been made.
  • Direct someone to meet out front to meet Firefighters and lead the way.
  • Wave a flashlight or turn on flashers of a car or a porch light if it's dark or visibility is poor.
  • Secure pets, especially dogs, in a separate area.
  • Have a visible address number easily readable from the street.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Master Plan

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue provides the City and region with a highly trained emergency service capable of handling a range of emergencies and hazardous situations.

In our ongoing efforts to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community, we have created a 10-year, community-driven master plan to guide operational improvements and enhance how Thunder Bay Fire Rescue’s service is provided.

To accomplish this, we engaged Emergency Management & Training Inc. (EMT), to assist us with this initiative. EMT is an Ontario based consulting firm that has worked with many fire departments in developing their fire master plans, station assessments and fire service reviews.

View the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Strategic Master Fire Plan.



Becoming a firefighter with the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Services will be a challenging and rewarding career. Together we will save lives, property and the environment by providing fire protection, rescue, public education and medical assistance to our community and the citizens of Thunder Bay.

Our firefighters are dedicated and committed to serving the community and its citizens in the best way possible, which includes many acts of charitable gesture such as serving Thanksgiving meals for the Salvation Army, and running an annual “Toys for Tots” campaign for children.

Visit our recruitment page.

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