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Fire fighters reject plan recommendations to cut Fire Services

Fire fighters reject plan recommendations to cut Fire Services

Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighter’s Association calls on City Council

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  December 6, 2019  (LSN)   Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighter’s Association (TBPFFA) is urging Thunder Bay City Council to reject recommendations to cut essential Fire Rescue services across the Municipality.  A draft of the new Thunder Bay Fire Strategic Master Fire Plan that will be presented at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, proposes several budget decreases that will negatively impact Fire Rescue response times as well as the general safety of on-duty firefighters.





If the recommendations included in the plan developed by Emergency Management & Training Inc. are approved and implemented, the proposed budget cuts will result in:

Service cuts in Northwood, Westfort and McKellar

Closure of 2 or more Fire Stations

Loss of 4-minute response times

Elimination of access to a Fire Pumper

Elimination of 2 Entry Control and Accountability Officer positions

  •      Cutbacks to core central supports and safety standards for all on-duty Firefighters through the loss of Entry Control and Accountability Officers who are responsible for monitoring the safety and well-being of Firefighters during all rescues.

Since the plan regarding Thunder Bay Fire Rescue was announced, Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighter’s Association and its members have become deeply concerned about the potential effects to community services and safety.

Says Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighter’s Association President, Dennis Brescacin, “We understand that City Council is facing budget pressures and looking for new ways to reduce municipal spending. What we can’t understand however is any proposal that recommends minimal cost savings that forfeit public safety and the lives of on-duty firefighters. Research tells us that Thunder Bay residents value their local Fire Rescue services. There has to be alternative ways to find budget efficiencies without putting people’s lives at risk or jeopardizing the on-the-job safety of our 205 members.”

The duties of Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighters have increased considerably in scope over the years. In addition to fire response and rescue services throughout the City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is also responsible for the delivery of fire prevention, community safety and education, auto extrication, hazardous material spills, industrial accidents, tiered medical response, high/low angle rescue, ice and water rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse, urban search and rescue, fire and safety inspections and public service calls.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue responds to approximately 15,000 calls for service per year from eight Fire Stations. Each Fire Station is strategically located to ensure all areas of the city can be provided with emergency fire service within a four-minute response time.


There are presently 8 Fire Station

  • Current River  on Hodder Ave
  • North Central on Water Street
  • McIntyre Station on Government Road at Mapleward
  • Junot Station on Junot Ave 
  • Vickers  on Vickers Street
  • James Street  Churchill Drive
  • Westfort  on Neebing Ave 
  • Neebing 20th Side Road 





  • 6 December 2019
  • Author: James Brown
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Thunder Bay maintained its title as the murder capital of Canada in 2018,  For the third consecutive year - and the fourth time in the last five years

 It has been announced again that Thunder Bay is the Murder Capital of Canada for 2018 in Canada for CMAs with populations between 100,000 to less than 500,000 people

Thunder Bay had the highest rate in that category with 6.38 homicides per 100,000.
Barrie with zero
St. Catharines–Niagara  Region with 0.42


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Path 525 Thunder Bay Drug Injection Site  Lake Superior NewsIn 2018, 44 people died of opioid overdose in Thunder Bay.

It’s made Thunder Bay the highest per capita opioid death rate in Ontario.

The 44 deaths were a 40 per cent increase from 2017, a year in which Thunder Bay also held the highest provincial rate.

Between July 2017 and June 2018, nearly 3,900 naloxone kits were handed out by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and local pharmacies, 



Thunder Bay is that the homicide rate for 2017 is down from 2016 when it stood at 6.62 per 100,000

Greater Sudbury's murder rate is  remains one of the lowest in Canada. murder rate was 0.61 per 100,000 people

Thunder Bay as the only Legal Injeciton site in Northern Ontario 

Murders by Ward 2019

  • Homicide #1  Leo Chiodo  Westfort Ward 108th Avenue Mission Island 
  • Homicide #2  Tanya Andy  McIntrye Ward Behind Landmark Inn
  • Homicide #3  Claude Justin KISHIQUEB Current River Ward Cumberland Street
  • Homicide #4  Robenson St Jean McIntrye Ward Hilldale and Melbourne
  • Homicide #5  Andrew Ayre McKellar Ward,  Victoria Ave East
  • Homicide #6  Nazareth Andrew KWANDIBENS Current River Ward  Arundel Street

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