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The City of Kingston Fire and Rescue responds to 24 different types of incidents. These include:

  • basic firefighting
  • structural firefighting including rescue
  • vehicle firefighting
  • grass, brush, forestry firefighting
  • marine firefighting
  • automatic aid
  • mutual aid
  • basic medical assist with defibrilation
  • awareness level hazardous materials
  • vehicle accidents
  • vehicle extrication
  • transportation incidents involving vehicles, trains, aircraft and watercraft
  • water and ice - shore based
  • water and ice - water entry
  • water rescue - boat (assist Canadian Coast Guard)
  • public assistance
  • police assistance
  • public utilities assistance
  • community emergency plan participation
  • high angle rescue
  • confined space rescue
  • trench rescue
  • farm/silo rescue
  • role as Assistant to Fire Marshal re suppression and investigations

HistoryEdit

The City of Kingston was created in its present form in 1998 through the amalgamation of the City of Kingston, Township of Kingston and Township of Pittsburgh.

Fire protection in the City of Kingston has an extensive history beginning as far back as 1683. The original settlement of Fort Frontenac had a group of citizens organized in a bucket brigade. Historical sources indicate that a long piece of metal was suspended from a large oak tree and struck when a fire was discovered in either building or bush land. When control of Kingston was passed to the British, the use of citizens for fire protection was discontinued. Out of fear of insurrection and unauthorized groups banding together. Volunteer Fire Companies were eventually organized in the Town of Kingston. In 1878 the practice of using competing fire companies was finally dropped with the reorganization of the fire companies into one entity, the “Alert Volunteer Fire Company”.

Through much of Kingston’s history the military establishment routinely assigned men and firefighting equipment to help out with big fires in Kingston proper. Kingston’s first career fire department was established in 1892. The City’s first fire hall, designed to house steam powered pumpers, was built in 1873 and was located on Ontario Street. It was closed in 1962 and replaced by the Fire Hall at 262 Palace Road. In 1891 the City of Kingston secured a second fire hall by converting a former Wesley Church on Brock Street. This fire hall serviced the community until 1966 when a Fire Hall at 271 Brock Street was constructed. A third fire hall was added at 171 Railway Street and was opened in 1974. Although the new City of Kingston was formed in 1998, the fire services of Pittsburgh Township, Kingston Township and the City of Kingston did not amalgamate and continued to operate as three separate and very distinct organizations. In 2002 the three former fire departments of amalgamated municipality were integrated as one composite fire service as Kingston Fire and Rescue under the direction of Fire Chief Harold Tulk. The new headquarters for Kingston Fire and Rescue is located on O’Connor Drive.


Kingston Fire & Rescue services is a composite force of 235 employees / volunteers responsible for Rescue, Inspection, Public Fire Education and Suppression for the City of Kingston. Kingston Fire & Rescue has a total of ten (10) fire halls within the City's 180 square mile radius responsive to Lake Ontario, Collins Bay, Rideau Canal, Cataraqui River, Cranberry Lake, Leo Lake, Bateau Channel (north side), CFB Kingston, Fort Henry, RMC, St. Lawrence College, Queen's University, hospitals, government and high rise buildings, shopping malls, industrial parks, six (6) Correctional Facilities, nine (9) large boat marinas.

Station PhotosEdit

Apparatus rosterEdit

Fire Department Headquarters - 500 O'Connor Dr.Edit

Fire Prevention 201 - 1988 Chevrolet / PK Welding step van rescue
Car 1 - 2010 Ford Escape
Car 2 - 2010 Ford Escape
Training 203 - 2012 Ford F150
Supervisor 1 - 2009 Ford Fusion
Rehab - 2009 Ford F150
Investigation - 2009 Ford Fusion
Inspection - 2009 Chrysler
2011 Chev Tahoe
2011 Chev Tahoe
2012 Ford F150
2012 Ford F150
2013 Chev Express Van 12-15 Pass EXT
2013 Chev Express Van 12-15 Pass EXT

District 1Edit

Fire Station No. 1 - 1648 Joyceville Rd. - Volunteer StationEdit

Built 1956

  • Pump 211 (9512) - 1995 E-One Cyclone TC / Superior (1050/1000) (SN#SE 1427)
  • Tanker 211 (0610) - 2006 International 7400 / Seagrave (500/2500) (SN#J213316)
  • Wildland 211 (0351) - 2003 Ford F250XL brush tender (port./180)
  • Parade Pumper 211 - 1956 Dodge R / Lafrance (500/500)]
  • Utility 211 (1104) - 2011 Chevrolet Silverado

Fire Station No. 2 - 3505 Brewers Mills Rd. - Volunteer StationEdit

Built 1984

  • Pump 221 (9801) - 1998 International 4900 / Superior (2050/?)
  • Tanker 221 (9803) - 1998 International 4900 / Superior

Fire Station No. 3 - 211 Gore Rd. - Volunteer StationEdit

Built 1988

  • Pump 231 (0608)- 2006 HME P2 / Rosenbauer (1250/525/50F) (SN#1359406)
  • Pump 232 (8862) - 1989 Pierce Lance / Superior (1050/300/55' telesqurt) (SN#SE 993)
  • Tanker 231 (9804) - 1998 International 4900 / Superior
  • Re-hab/Squad 231 (9845) - 1998 International 4900 / Almonte
  • Squad 232 (9426) - 1994 Pemfab Imperial T964 / Almonte heavy rescue

District 2Edit

Fire Station No. 4 - 271 Brock St. - Career StationEdit

Built 1966

Pump 241 (0621) - 2006 HME P2 / Rosenbauer
Pump 242 (9843) - 1998 HME Penterator
Ladder 241 (0153) - 2001 Spartan Gladiator FF / Smeal (1750/100' tower) (SN#108101)
Rescue 241 - 1995 Pemfab Imperial / Almonte (Refurbished in 2010)
Unit 212 - 2002 Ford F-150 - Plow truck
Blocker 243 - (9046) 1990 Pemfab / Almonte (2500/2100 55' Telesquirt)
Command 241 (1108) - 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

Fire Station No. 5 - 171 Railway St. - Career StationEdit

Built 1974

Pump 251 - (0574) 2006 HME P2 / Rosenbauer (1250/525/50F) (SN#1359206)
Training Pumper - (8509) - 1985 International CO1950B / Thibault - In storage yard
Training Aerial 209 - 1987 International CO1950B / Thibault (55' Telesquirt) - In storage yard

Fire Station No. 6 - 262 Palace Rd. - Career StationEdit

Built 1962

Pump 261 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star / Arnprior (1850/500/50F)
Ladder 261 (9034) - 1990 Duplex Olympian / Phoenix/LTI (1050/300/100' tower) (SN#90-01-882-260)
Spare Pump (0258) 2002 HME 1871P2 / Almonte (1050/500/40F) (SN#83114) Stored at Stn. #6
Parade - 1924 Ahrnes-Fox / Bickle
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Sub Fire Station 6 - Portsmouth Olympic Harbor, 53 Yonge StEdit

2006 Marine 241 "Thomas H. Patterson" - In 2006 Metalcraft Marine referbished a retired 32 ft coast guard boat into a fire boat for Kingston Fire Rescue.

District 3Edit

Fire Station No. 7 - 905 Woodbine Rd. - Mixed Career and Volunteer StationEdit

Built 1980/1988

Pump 271 (0901) - 2009 KME Predator (1250/500/50F) - Career
Pump 272 (0902) - 2009 KME Predator (1250/500/50F) - Volunteer
Aerial 271  (9215) - 1992 Pemfab Imperial T964 / Almonte (1050/55' CET Boom) - Volunteer
Tanker 271 (7838) - 1978 Ford L8000 / Almonte (250/1200/40F)
Roll Off 271 - 2008 International pod truck
Mechanical 271 - 2008 International / Wilcox w/Auto Crane
Unit 203 - 2006 Ford E-series 500

Fire Station No. 8 - 1485 Unity Rd. Glenburnie - Volunteer StationEdit

Built 1997

Pump 281 (0610) - 2006 HME P2 / Rosenbauer (1250/525/50F)
Tanker 281 (9349) - 1993 Ford L9000 / 1996 Almonte (1050/3500)
Wildland 281 (0761) - 2007 Ford F350 brush tender
Command 281 - 2002 Ford F-150
Utilities 281 (0843) - 2008 Chevrolet
Pump 274 (8943) - 1989 Pemfab / Almonte (55' Telesquirt) - Reserve
Brush 211 - 2009 Ford F250
Training Pump 209 - 1990 Mack CF688FC / Almonte (1050/600)

Fire Station No. 9 - 2835 Highway 38 - Volunteer StationEdit

Built 1996

Pump 291 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/ Arnprior (1850/500/50F)
Tanker 291 (0672) - 2006 International 7400 / Seagrave (500/2500)
Emergency management -
SCBA trailer

Fire Station No. 10 - 127 Days Rd. - Career Station Edit

Built 1954

Pump 201 (0903) - 2009 KME Predator (1250/500/50F)
Reserve Pump 202 (9310) - 1993 Pemfab T964 (Almonte)
Unit 11 (0029) - 2000 Ford E series van

Assignment unknownEdit

On OrderEdit

  • Tanker - Awarded to ResQtech
  • Spartan Metrostar / Smeal 75' aerial - Delivery expected in early 2014
  • P242, SP261, S232 being refurbished by Arnprior Fire Truck in 2013/2014
  • Cargo truck (replacing FP201) - Awarded to Kingston Dodge

Retired ApparatusEdit

1998 International 4900 / Almonte tanker (PTO/2500
1992 Chevrolet pick up truck
1991 Pemfab / 1992 Almonte pumper (1050/400)
1983 International / Pierreville pumper (Donated To Belarus)
1979 Scot C1FD / King pumper (1050/500) (SN#79006)
1979 Scot C1FD / King pumper (1050/250/75' telesqurt) (SN#79007)
1978 Ford L8000 / Almonte Tanker (450/1500)
1977 Ford C900 / Thibault pumper (840/800) (SN#T76-204) (Used under Mutual Aid, Kingston Fire Rescue still owns the truck.  Stationed at Howe Island Fire Rescue, as Pumper # 9
1975 Ford L9000 / King pumper (1050/?) (SN#74071)
1975 Ford L9000 / King pumper (1050/500) (SN#74072)
1973 Thibault Custom 1000 pumper (1050/300) (SN#T73-122) (Sold to Wolfe Island Fire Department)
1972 Ford C900 / Thibault pumper (625/750) (SN#T72-158)
1970 King Seagrave aerial (-/-/100') (Donated to Belarus)
1965 American Lafrance 900 Aero-Chief tower (-/-/90') (Sold to Omemee-Emily Fire Department, later Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue)
1954 GMC 470 / Bickle pumper (500/500)
1944 American LaFrance JOX (85')
1966 Mack C pumper

Future PlansEdit

A new fire station is planned at the intersection of Elliot Ave. and Division St. to replace the Railway St. fire hall (#5) and a new station on Bayridge Dr. at Henderson Blvd. to replace the Days Rd. fire hall (#10) in 2013/2014. They both have an estimated cost of $2,000,000. There is also plans for a new training centre near Terry Fox Drive. The training centre will also have a repair area estimated at $3,000,000. Phase one of the training centre will cost $5.3 million. The construction is expected to end in 2018.

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