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.
OFBA Fire Service Collectibles Show
Each November we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Fire Service Collectibles Show. All are invited to the flea market portion in the morning, 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.
After lunch we hold our AGM where members have the opportunity voice their opinions and vote on matters that relate to the future direction of the club.
As a member of the IFBA, we quite often have members attending the annual convention which takes place in a North American city.
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