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.
2022 Photo Tours
May 28th, 2022 – Kingston ***COMPLETED***
June 11th, 2022 – Brantford & Brant County ***COMPLETED***
June 11 & 12, 2022 – Hamilton (2 Day Tour) Moved to August
July 23rd, 2022 – Vaughan ***COMPLETED***
August 13th & 14th, 2022 – Hamilton (2 Day Tour) ***COMPLETED***
September 17th, 2022 – Sarnia & area
09:00 Point Edward Fire and Rescue – 220 Michigan Avenue, Point Edward
09:45 Sarnia Station 1 – 240 East St. North
11:00 Sarnia Station 2 – 666 Churchill Road
11:30 Sarnia Station 4 – 1410 Wellington Street
12:00 L U N C H
13:30 Sarnia Station 5 – 6360 Telfer Sideroad, Brights Grove
14:15 Plympton – Wyoming Camlachie Station – 6715 Camlachie Road, Camlachie
15:00 Plympton – Wyoming Wyoming Station – 530 Main St., Wyoming
Note: Except for start time all times are approximate.
OFBA Fire Service Collectibles Show
Saturday November 5th, 2022
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 which will run from 11:30 to 3 pm.
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.
As a member of the IFBA, we quite often have members attending the annual convention which takes place in a North American city. Next years’ 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!
Ontario Fire Buff Associates
PO Box 56, Don Mills Station
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada