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.

2024 Photo Tours

Saturday, May 25th, 2024 – Burlington  *Completed*
Start Time – 0900 hrs @ Station 3, 1044 Waterdown Road, Aldershot

Saturday June 29th, 2024 – Wilmot & Wellesley Townships *Completed*
Start Time – 0900 hrs @ Wilmot Township Station #2, 55 Front Street, New Dundee

Saturday, July 13th, 2024 – Markham 
Start Time – 0900 hrs @ Station 9-1, 7801 Bayview Ave. 

Saturday, August 17th, 2024 – Dufferin County
Start Time – 0900 hrs @ Orangeville Fire Station, 10 Dawson Road

Saturday, September 7th, 2024 – Oakville
Start Time – TBD

Completed Photo Tours

2024 – Burlington, Wilmot & Wellesley Townships
2023 – Thorold & Welland, Oxford & Elgin, Mississauga, Pearson Airport & Halton Hills, Richmond Hill
2022 – Kingston, Brantford & Brant County. Vaughan, Hamilton, Sarnia & area

OFBA Fire Service Collectibles Show
Saturday November 2nd, 2024
Meeting @ 1000 hrs / Show @ 1130 hrs

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 2024 IFBA convention will be held in Richmond, VA from September 24-28, 2024. Info available at:

The OFBA will be co-hosting the 2025 Convention in Ottawa / Gatineau with the GTMAA and PAM with planning already underway.


SPAAMFAA National Convention

York, PA – No Date Set


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