Photo Tours

Each year, we set up photo tours of fire services throughout Ontario (and sometimes just over provincial/federal borders), where our members and their guests are able to mingle and get staged shots of the fire apparatus. Photo tours are generally held monthly from May to September and announced in the Third Alarm newsletter. On a typical tour, a group of buffs will travel to a prearranged group of fire halls in a particular area to photograph the apparatus.

We have held tours across southern Ontario, from Windsor to Kingston, north to Midland and Gravenhurst, plus virtually every place in between. We visit everything, from some of Ontario’s largest cities (Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga) to the smallest townships. We have also made forays to Ottawa, Buffalo and Cleveland.

In most cases, attendees provide their own transportation (carpooling is encouraged), and on occasions, we have used a bus charter, where members shared the costs. While we always hope for bright sunshiny days, the tours generally proceed as planned whatever the weather.

2023 Photo Tours

May 13, 2023 – Thorold and Welland FD Note: Change from Fort Erie to Thorold Start location
Start Time – 0930 hrs – Thorold Station 1 – 16 Towpath St

* Note: IFBA Region 10 Meeting to follow. Location to be determined.

June 17, 2023 – Part 1 of Oxford & Elgin Counties Note: Change to Wookstock Start location
Start Time – 0900 hrs – Woodstock Station 1 – 1203 Parkinson Rd., Woodstock

July 22/23, 2023 – Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (2 days) 
July 22 – Start Time – 0900 hrs – Mississauga Station 102 , 710 3rd Street
July 23 – Start Time – 0900 hrs – Mississauga Station 108, 2267 Britannia Road West

August 26, 2023 – Pearson Airport and Halton Hills *updated August 10th, 2023
Start Time – 0900 hrs – Pearson’s South Hall, 5450 Flightline Drive

September 16, 2023 – Richmond Hill
Start Time – 0900 hrs – Fire Station 8-2 – 13067 Yonge St., Oak Ridges

Completed Photo Tours

2022 – Kingston, Brantford & Brant County. Vaughan, Hamilton, Sarnia & area

OFBA Fire Service Collectibles Show
Saturday November 4th, 2023

On the first Saturday every November we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Fire Service Collectibles Show at the Toronto Fire Academy. Our AGM, where members have the opportunity to voice their opinions and vote on matters that relate to the future direction of the club, is held in the morning followed by set up for the Collectibles Show.

The show is open to the public and you are invited to browse through the wide selection of books, photos, toys and other firematic items. If you have equipment, memorabilia or other fire related items and you wish to be a vendor, there is no charge to set up a table, which we will supply.

IFBA Convention

As a member of the IFBA, we quite often have members attending the annual convention which takes place in a North American city. The 2023 IFBA convention will be held in Milwaukee, WI from August 14-17, the 2024 convention will be held in Richmond, VA and the OFBA will be co-hosting the 2025 Convention in Ottawa / Gatineau with the GTMAA and PAM with planning already underway.

Get in Touch.

We always like to hear from Fire Buffs locally and around the globe. Feel free to contact us by e-mail below or by mail and we’d be happy to communicate with you!


By Mail

Ontario Fire Buff Associates
PO Box 56, Don Mills Station
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada
M3C 2R6