Ottawa Fire Services

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
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

Organization

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.

History

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.

Operations

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.

Equipment

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/Apparatus

District 1

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
11Little Italy & China Town135 Preston St.P11A, P11B, T11, WR11, Boat11, C10
12The Glebe635 O'Connor St.P12, R12, TR12
13Sandy Hill/U of O530 King Edward St.P13A, P13B, L13

District 2

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
21College Ward1300 Woodroffe Ave.P21, HM21, HMS21
22Lincoln Heights1397 Richmond Rd.P22, T22, WR22, Boat22
23Westboro1443 Carling Ave.P23, L23, SFTY23, C20
HQWestboro1443 Carling Ave.C1, C2, C3, C3B, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, INV1
24Carleton Heights230 Viewmount Dr.P24, T24, HM24, IHT24
25Crestview60 Knoxdale Rd.P25, FT25

District 3

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
31Greenboro3255 Conroy Rd.P31, C31
32Leitrim3202 Leitrim Rd.PT32
33Huntclub3336 McCarthyP33, L33
34Riverside Park700 Brookfield Rd.P34
35Alta Vista2355 Alta Vista Dr.P35, T35
36Pineview1935 Cyrville RoadP36
37Riverside South910 Earl Armstrong Rd.P37, L37, WR37, Boat37

District 4

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
41Glen Cairn380 Eagleson Rd.P41, PT41, S41, C40
42Beaverbrook1021 Teron Rd.P42, L42
43Bell's Corners3845 Old Richmond Rd.PT43, R43, TR43
44Barrhaven1075 Greenbank Rd.P44
45March640 Cameron Harvey Dr.SU45, TA45, S45
46Kanata West34 Iber Rd.P46, PT46, CMD46,SV46
47Barrhaven South3559 Greenbank Rd.P47, L47, PV47

District 5

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
51Carson Grove900 Montreal Rd.P51, T51, C50
52Convent Glen6213 Jeanne D'Arc Bvld.P52
53Falling Brook500 Charlemange Blvd.P53, PT53, T53, R53, WR53, Boat53, S53
54Blackburn Hamlet3080 Innes Rd.P54, L54, AM54, AM54A, RHB54
55Summerside2283 Portobello BlvdP55
56Overbrook275 Coventry Rd.P56
57Vanier220 Beechwood Ave.P57, L57

District 6

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
61Kinburn3150 Kinburn Side Rd.P61, TA61
62Fitzroy Harbour6900 Harbour St.P62, TA62, WR62, Boat62, SV62
63Constance Bay341 Bayview Dr.PT63, TA63, BT63, ATV63, SM63
64Carp475 Donald B. Munro Dr.P64, R64, TA64, C60
66Dunrobin3285 Dunrobin Rd.PT66, L66

District 7

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
71Navan1246 Colonial Rd.P71, TA71, BT71, ATV71, SM71
72Cumberland Village2245 Old Montreal Rd.P72, TA72, RT72, S72
73Vars6090 Rockdale Rd.PT73, TA73, S73, C70

District 8

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
81Stittsville1641 Stittsville Main St.P81A, P81B, TA81, TB81, T81, C80
82Richmond6280 Perth St.P82, R82, TA82
83North Gower2352 Roger Stevens Dr.P83, TA83, BT83, BTA83, ATV83
84Corkery3449 Old Almonte Rd.PT84, BT84, S84, ATV84

District 9

Station # Location Address Apparatus/Callsigns
91Metcalfe8011 Victoria St.PT91, T91, S91
92Osgoode3110 Nixon Dr.P92, TA92, WR92, Boat92
93Greely6891 Parkway Rd.PT93, R93, BT93, UTV93
94Manotick5669 Manotick Main St.P94, TA94, TB94, S94, C90

Apparatus Glossary

  • 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 Offices

Office Address Division
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters1445 Carling AvenueHead Office
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters1445 Carling AvenueFire Department Administration
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters1443 Carling AvenueEquipment Maintenance Division
Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters1443 Carling AvenueSafety Officer's Division
Ben Franklin Place101 Centerpointe DriveBureau of Investigations and Prevention
Charles Sim Municipal Garage2799 Swansea CrescentFleet Maintenance Division
Ottawa Fire Services Training Center900 Industrial AvenueTraining Division
Ottawa Fire Services Communications Center1423 Randall AveCommunications and Dispatch Division
Ottawa Fire Services Air Management Center3080 Innes RoadAir Management and Rehabilitation Division

Notable Incidents

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

See also

References

    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.
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