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Area ServedEdit

Kingston is a city of 123,000 people located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, roughly midway between Toronto and Montréal. The city expanded significantly when it was amalgamated with Kingston and Pittsburgh Townships in 1998 and covers an area of 450.39 km2.

Fort Cataraqui was established on the mouth of the Cataraqui River in 1673, although archaeological evidence suggests that aboriginal settlement dates back much earlier than that. Settlement began in earnest when the Loyalists moved north after the American Revolution, and Kingston became an important military outpost and settlement. Fort Henry was built to defend the area in the 1840s, and Kingston served as the capital of the united Canadas from 1841 to 1844.

Kingston is an important regional service centre, and is home to Queen's University, a large hospital, several correctional facilities, the Royal Military College of Canada and a military base (Canadian Forces Base Kingston). Novelis (formerly ALCAN) and Invista (formerly DuPont) operate manufacturing facilities in the area. Highway 401 and two major rail lines pass through the city.

HistoryEdit

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. Volunteer Fire Companies were eventually organized, and 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”.

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.

In 1998, Kingston was amalgamated with the Township of Kingston and the Township of Pittsburgh, merging the city department with the Kingston Township Fire Department and the Pittsburgh Township Fire Department. The department did not immediately 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.

Department ProfileEdit

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.

Career firefighters operate from Stations 4, 5, 6 and 10, with part-time/volunteer firefighters in Stations 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9. Station 7 is composite.

Station PhotosEdit

Apparatus rosterEdit

Headquarters - 500 O'Connor DriveEdit

Fire Prevention 2H1 (1402) - Ram 2500 Promaster
Training 2H3 - 2012 Ford F150
Training Officer - 2009 Ford F150
Investigation - 2009 Ford Fusion
Inspection - 2009 Chrysler
Unit 2H1 - 2013 Chev Express Van 12-15 Pass EXT
Unit 2H2 - 2013 Chev Express Van 12-15 Pass EXT
Car 2H1 - 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe unmarked
Car 2H2 - 2011 Chevrolet Silverado unmarked
2010 Ford Escape
2010 Ford Escape
2009 Ford Fusion
(0029) - 2000 Ford E series van
(1108) - 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe (ex C241)
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe
2012 Ford F150
2012 Ford F150

District 1Edit

Fire Station 1 - 1648 Joyceville RoadEdit

Built 1956

  • Pump 211 (9509) - 1995 E-One Cyclone TC / Superior (1050/1000) (SN#SE 1427)
  • Tanker 211 (0673) - 2006 International 7400 / Seagrave (500/2500) (SN#J213316)
  • Wildland 211 (0351) - Chevrolet Silverado (port./?)
  • UTV 211 - 2009 John Deere Gator
  • Parade Pumper 211 - 1956 Dodge R / LaFrance (500/500)

Fire Station 2 - 3505 Brewers Mills RoadEdit

Built 1984

  • Pump 221 (9801) - 1998 International 4900 / Superior (1050/?) (SN#SE 1815)
  • Tanker 221 - 1998 International 4900 / Almonte tanker (2500)

Fire Station 3 - 211 Gore RoadEdit

Built 1988

  • Pump 231 (0608) - 2006 HME 1871 P2 / Rosenbauer (1250/525/50F) (SN#1359406)
  • Aerial 231 (14??) - 2014 Spartan Metro Star Classic MFD / Smeal (1750/250/75' rear-mount) (SO#4257)
  • Tanker 231 (9804) - 1998 International 4900 / Almonte (PTO/2500)
  • Rehab 231 (9845) - 1998 International 4900 / Superior
  • Rescue 231 (9426) - 1994 Pemfab Imperial T964 / Almonte heavy rescue
  • Crew Van - 2013 Chevrolet Express

District 2Edit

Fire Station 4 - 271 Brock StreetEdit

Built 1966

Pump 241 - 2017 Rosenbauer Commander 3000-R6011 pumper (?/625) (SN#14082)
Pump 242 (9843) - 1998 HME Penetrator / Almonte (1500/500) (2015 Arnprior refurb)
Blocker 243 - 1978 Ford L8000 / Almonte (250/1200/40F) (ex T271)
Ladder 241 (0153) - 2001 Spartan Gladiator FF MFD / Smeal (1750/?/100' rear-mount tower) (SN#108101) (2015 Smeal refurbishment)
Tech 241 - 1995 Pemfab Imperial / Almonte (2010 Seagrave Canada refurb)
Assistant Deputy 241 - 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
Unit 211 - 2009 Ford F250 (ex- Brush 211)
Unit 212 - 2002 Ford F-150 plow truck

Fire Station 5 - 171 Railway StreetEdit

Built 1974

Pump 251 (0574) - 2006 HME 1871 P2 / Rosenbauer (1250/525/50F) (SN#1359206) (2014 Eastway refurb)

Fire Station 6 - 262 Palace RoadEdit

Built 1962

Pump 261 (1306) - 2013 Spartan Metro Star / Arnprior (1850/500/50F)
Pump 262 (0258) - 2002 HME 1871P2 / Almonte (1050/500/40F) (SN#83114) (2014 Arnprior refurb)
Ladder 261 (9034) - 1990 Duplex Olympian / Phoenix/LTI (1050/300/100' tower)
Parade 1924 Ahrens-Fox / Bickle

Sub Fire Station 6 - 53 Yonge Street (Olympic Harbour Park)Edit

Marine 241 "Thomas H. Patterson" - 2006 Metalcraft Marine fire boat refurbished 32 ft. retired coast guard boat

District 3Edit

Fire Station 7 - 905 Woodbine RoadEdit

Built 1980/1988

Unit 11 - 2006 Ford E-series 500
Pump 271 (0901) - 2009 KME Predator (1250/500/50F) - Career
Pump 272 (0903) - 2009 KME Predator (1250/500/50F) - Volunteer
Aerial 271 (9215) - 1992 Pemfab Imperial T964 / Almonte (1050/55' CET boom) - Volunteer
Tanker 271 (9349) - 1993 Ford L9000 / 1996 Almonte (1050/3500) (ex T281)
Roll Off 271 - 2008 International DuraStar / Kwik Load Products pod truck
Mechanical 271 - 2008 International / Wilcox w/Auto Crane
UTV 271 - 2009 John Deere Gator

Fire Station 8 - 1485 Unity Road, GlenburnieEdit

Built 1997

Pump 281 (0610) - 2006 HME P2 / Rosenbauer (1250/525/50F)
Tanker 281 (1505) - 2015 Kenworth T440 / Rosenbauer (840/2500)
Wildland 281 (0761) - 2007 Ford F350
Utility 281 (0843) - 2008 Chevrolet
UTV 281 - 2009 John Deere Gator
Pump 282 (Reserve) (0621) - 2006 HME 1871P2 / Rosenbauer (1250/525/50F) (ex P241)
Command 281 - 2015 Ford F150 / 2011 Ford F150 (ran by various on call district chiefs in department-issued vehicles)

Fire Station 9 - 2835 County Road 38, ElginburgEdit

Built 1996

Pump 291 - 2013 Spartan Metro Star/ Arnprior (1750/500/50F)
Tanker 291 (0672) - 2006 International 7400 / Seagrave (500/2500)
Emergency management
SCBA trailer

Fire Station 10 - 127 Days RoadEdit

Built 1954

Pump 201 (0902) - 2009 KME Predator (1250/500/50F)

Training Center - 3 Terry Fox Drive Edit

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On Order Edit

2017 Smeal pumper
2017 Smeal pumper
2017 light rescue
2016 Rosenbauer RBM Commander (2000/500/101' Cobra platform)

Retired ApparatusEdit

1998 International 4900 / Almonte tanker (PTO/2500
1992 Chevrolet pick up truck (ex Unit 212)
(9135) - 1991 Pemfab / 1992 Almonte pumper (1050/400) (ex P262, P202, P282)
(9046) - 1990 Pemfab T944A / Almonte pumper (1050/300/50' TeleSqurt)
1990 Mack CF688FC / Almonte pumper (1050/600)
(8943) - 1989 Pemfab T944A / Almonte pumper (840/300/50' TeleSqurt)
1989 Pierce Lance / Superior (1050/300/55' Telesqurt) (SN#SE 993) - Sold for scrap metal (ex A241, P232)
1988 Chevrolet / PK Welding step van rescue (ex FP201)
1987 International CO1950B / Thibault pumper (1050/500/55' boom) - Sold for scrap metal (ex TA209)
1985 International CO1950B / Thibault pumper (840/500) - Sold for scrap metal (ex P243)
1983 International / Pierreville pumper (1050/300) (SN#PFT-1294) (Donated To Belarus)
1979 Scot C1FD / King pumper (1050/500) (SN#79006) (ex P272)
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) (Leased to Howe Island until 2016)
1975 Ford L9000 / King pumper (1050/?) (SN#74071) (Donated to Belarus)
1975 Ford L9000 / King pumper (1050/500) (SN#74072) (Donated to Belarus)
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)
1966 Mack C pumper
1965 American LaFrance 900 Aero-Chief tower (-/-/90') (Sold to Omemee / Emily Fire Department)
1954 GMC 470 / Bickle pumper (500/500)
1951 American LaFrance 700 pumper (?/?)
1948 American LaFrance 700 pumper (?/?)
1944 American LaFrance JOX aerial (-/-/85')

Future PlansEdit

Under the 2010 Master Fire Plan, new fire stations have been proposed to replace the current stations 5 and 10. Station 5 would move to a site at the intersection of Elliot Avenue and Division Street, Station 10 to Bayridge Drive at Henderson Boulevard. There appears to be no timetable for this plan.

There are 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.

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