Saturday, November 9, 2013

Toronto Trip - Part 2

Very close to the location of my meetings in Toronto was station 332. Part of the Toronto Fire Service's South Command and very close to the financial district,  it is an extraordinarily busy station.

1. Even with six drive through bays, it is not unheard of to have all apparatus out on calls, with backups on the way. To add to the interest, it faces Adelaide Street, which is one way east.
On my way to work one morning, a small fire had broken out in a sidewalk grating in front of a high rise on Richmond Street, at the corner of University. The response was impressive, with apparatus arriving from three directions. Richmond is one way westbound at that point, so apparatus from station 332 had to go east then north then west to reach the scene.
2. A district chief arrived in a standard TFS Ford van.
3. First on scene was Rescue 325, followed by Pumper 332, a 2002 Spartan Advantage-Smeal.
4. R325 got to work right away. It is a 2013 Spartan-Crimson Fire, just delivered in October.
4. High Rise 332 was not far behind. it is a 2005 Spartan Metro Star-Dependable, and is the only high rise unit in the department.
5. Squad 331 arrived via a side street, and an aerial rig hovered nearby which I did not see. S331 is a 2012 Spartan Gladiator-Dependable.
Checking out Station 332 at lunch time I was treated to these:
6. Command 30 (one of three in the department) uses a 2012 Freightliner MT55 -EVI Dependable.
7. Tower 331 is a 2005 E-One Cyclone with a 114 ft Bronto Skylift aerial.
8. Mechanical Response Unit MRU 20 runs this GMC 850  built by Seagrave.
The next day at lunch time I checked in again and found:
9. Another aerial, this one A312, a 2004 Spartan Gladiator - Smeal with 105 ft aerial.

10. And more district chief vans.
The Toronto Fire Service is Canada's largest, and fifth largest in North America. There are numerous references on the web, including an impressive unofficial photo gallery:

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