Ontario Investing in Fire Safety in the North
THUNDER BAY — The Ontario government is investing close to $35 million in 17 new fire trucks, lifesaving firefighting equipment, and two new Mobile Live Fire Training Units to better protect northern communities and keep people safe.
“Our government is providing northern firefighters with the trucks, equipment, and training they need to save lives and keep property safe in northern Ontario,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “New trucks and modern equipment will ensure our brave women and men can safely tackle fires in this ever-changing climate.”
The Mobile Live Fire Training Units will help the Ontario Fire College deliver additional high-quality, hands-on training directly to fire services to help firefighters prepare for real life scenarios. These modern mobile units can be transported right to a local fire station and simulate real situations. During mobile unit training, firefighters experience real flames, extreme heat, high humidity, severely restricted visibility, and thick smoke.
“Investing in firefighter training and safety in the North is critical to safeguarding our communities,” said Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg. “By equipping firefighters with the skills and training they need, we will fortify the resilience of northern Ontario, ensuring the safety and well-being of the people who call this region home.”
Funding for the new fire trucks and firefighting equipment will be delivered through the Northern Fire Protection Program which provides assistance and support for fire protection services in 47 communities that rely on more than 800 volunteer firefighters.
Northern Fire Protection Program fire departments protect more than 34,400 permanent residents in unincorporated Ontario and respond to approximately 1,000 emergency calls per year.
New firefighting equipment will include self-contained breathing apparatuses, thermal imaging cameras, and other essential firefighting equipment.
The mobile live fire training meets National Fire Protection Association training standards.
Last year, Mobile Live Fire Training Units visited 46 locations across Ontario and trained over 3,000 firefighters.
"Many northern fire departments rely on volunteer firefighters who provide an invaluable service to their home communities. These training enhancements and new equipment will be welcomed by the men and women who answer the call."
- Kevin Holland Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan
"The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) applauds Ontario’s investments in fire safety and protection in northern Ontario. This commitment to the Northern Fire Protection Program will improve public safety for many communities. The Mobile Live Fire Training Units have proven to be an extremely valuable resource to Ontario fire services, and adding another two units will improve access to training for firefighters all across the province. OAFC values its partnership with this government and looks forward to continuing to work with them to enhance fire safety for all Ontarians."
- Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood President, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
"The province’s investment into safety, training, and equipment for Ontario’s firefighters is commended by the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA). The purchase of new fire trucks, lifesaving firefighting equipment, and two new Mobile Live Fire Training Units underscores Ontario’s commitment to firefighter safety. The OPFFA’s dedication to firefighter safety advocacy is supported by this government’s initiatives."
- Greg Horton President, Ontario Professional Fire Fighter Association