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 (Vintage Collections – Chatham area – details coming soon)
August 13th – 0900 hrs. at Station 19 – 3302 Homestead Dr., Mount Hope “Top of the Hammer”
NOTE: (traffic may be heavy due to Air Force Day at Canadian Warplane Heritage)
August 14th – 0900 hrs at Station 16 – 939 Barton St, Winona “Gritty in the City”
September (Sarnia area – details coming soon)
OFBA Fire Service Collectibles Show
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.
In addition to being one of the vendors, the Toronto Fire Historical Society will be hosting a BBQ and firematic display on the Academy grounds.
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