Ottawa Fire Services

Ottawa Fire Services

Ottawa Fire Services
Protecting the Nation's Capital with pride
Agency overview
Established 2001 (OFS), 1839 (Original)
Employees 1576
Staffing Career/Paid On-Call
Fire chief Chief of Department Gerry Pingitore
Facilities and equipment
Battalions 9
Stations 45
Engines 50
Trucks 17
Rescues 6
Tenders 18

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) protects the lives, property and environment of the people who live, work and visit the City of Ottawa. Service personnel are highly trained to respond to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency incidents including fires, rescues and medical and hazardous-material emergencies. The department's headquarters is located on Carling Ave.


Like most North American fire departments, the Ottawa Fire Services is organized in a paramilitary fashion. The current Chief of the department is Gerry Pingitore. Serving Under Pingitore are three Deputy Chiefs, four Platoon Chiefs, five Division Chiefs, four Rural Sector Chiefs and twenty District Chiefs. At the station level, each urban station has a Captain for each of the four platoons. Each truck in the fleet is under the command of either a Captain or Lieutenant. For rural paid-on-call stations, each station has a station Captain and four Lieutenants.


The current Ottawa Fire Services came into existence in 2001 with the amalgamation of 9 fire departments from Ottawa and the surrounding areas. The nine former departments include the Ottawa Fire Department, Gloucester Fire Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Kanata Fire Department, Nepean Fire Department, Osgoode Fire Department, Rideau Valley Fire Department, Goulbourn Fire Department and West Carleton Fire Department.


There are 45 fire stations located across Ottawa, including 16 Paid On-Call stations and 5 composite stations. The stations are assigned to 9 district operations units. On Friday September 3, 2010, Chief deHooge announced that a three-year trial testing the use of 24-hour shift rotations would begin in January 2011. In Canada twelve of the fifteen largest fire departments are using the 24-hour shift rotation.


Currently, City of Ottawa firefighters are being issued tan Starfield Lion bunker gear, black leather STC Marshall structural fire boots, and traditional black Cairns 1044 Structural firefighting helmets for firefighters, Red 1044's for Lieutenants and Captains and White 1044s for Chief Officers. The department uses ISI Viking SCBAs,( being phased out) and replaced with MSA,s


At amalgamation, the newly formed OFS purchased 20 brand new HME pumpers to begin the process of building a uniform fleet of vehicles. Along with the purchase of the new vehicles, the OFS inherited most of the pre-amalgamation vehicles from the 9 former departments. The current strength of the OFS fleet stands at 96 vehicles, not including chief's vehicles. Apparatus are identified by a letter to identify the vehicle type, followed by a number to identify the station, for example; P13. The various types of apparatus in service include:

  • Pumper (P13) or (P13B when station runs more than one Pumper)
  • Ladder (L24) Ladder 24 (Formerly Ladder 56 - "Wheels of Fire")
  • Rescue (R53)
  • Tanker (T73) or (T73B when station runs more than one Tanker)
  • Pumper-Tanker (PT93)
  • Haz-Mat (HM24)
  • Technical Rescue (TR12)
  • Squad (S45)
  • Brush Truck (BT63)
  • Brush Tanker (BTA83)
  • Water-Rescue (WR22)
  • Air Management (AM54)
  • Rehabilitation Unit (RHB54)
  • Safety Officer (SO23)
  • Senior Chief Staff Officers, Platoon Chiefs, District and Sector Chief: CAR 1 etc (C1, C6, C20, C60)
  • Pod Vehicle (PV44)
  • Snowmobile (SM93)

Fire Stations

Ottawa Fire Services Pump Tank 53.
Station Number Firehouse Address Neighborhood Pre-Amalgamation Station Number
Station 11