Monthly Archives: October 2011

October 2011

Newest fire chief

October 29th, 2011|

Becoming fire chief requires countless hours of training, years of on- the-job experience and working your way up the proverbial fire ladder — that is unless you’re Owen McGonigal.

On Thursday afternoon (Oct. 28), the affable eight-year-old with determination in his eyes, was bestowed the title of London’s Honourary Fire Chief in a ceremony held […]

London’s new honorary fire chief

October 28th, 2011|

When Owen McGonigal came to the London Fire Department Memorial Headquarters on October 28, he thought he was there to meet the mayor.

But the seven-year-old, who has muscular dystrophy, got a pleasant surprise from London’s firefighters. Not only did he meet Mayor Joe Fontana, but he was made an honorary fire chief.

“Owen, you have […]

Highway closed after accident

October 27th, 2011|

Hwy. 401 east was shut down Thursday night between Colonel Talbot Road and Wellington Road, after a crash between a tractor-trailer and small car sent a London man to hospital.

An orange Hyundai Accent car was eastbound on Hwy. 401 in the passing lane, when it lost control and struck the concrete median, said Middlesex […]

Hooking up new hall

October 25th, 2011|

Honouring fire department traditions, London Ward 7 Councillor Matt Brown and County of Middlesex Warden Joanne Vanderheyden, connect two fire hoses, officially opening the new London Fire Department/Middlesex London EMS Station 14 on Friday (Oct. 21).

This new 8,500 square-foot facility located at 2225 Hyde Park Rd., just north of Fanshawe Road, was a joint […]

Firefighters collecting for charity

October 23rd, 2011|

London firefighters will hold out their boots Saturday to collect money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. They will set up outside nearly 20 retailers to accept donations beginning at 10 a.m.

via Firefighters collecting for charity | Metro.

Thunderstruck by two bolts

October 19th, 2011|

Apparently lightning has no problem striking the same street twice.

A pair of homes on one London street were damaged by lightning Saturday night, fire officials say, as a nasty storm hammered the city and lit up the sky for hours.

“One got nailed. The other got grazed,” Dave Beecroft, a platoon chief with London Fire […]

Fire drill winners

October 14th, 2011|

Selected Grade 2 students were given more than just a tour of the Horton Street Fire Station Friday (Oct. 14).

Four students went to the firehouse to eat breakfast, made and served by firefighters.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, kids drew up comprehensive home escape plans making them eligible for a raffle offering the chance […]

Fontana’s fired up about prevention week

October 7th, 2011|

London’s Mayor Joe Fontana was at the Children’s Safety Village, on Friday (Oct. 7), teaching kids about fire prevention in his favourite place of his home- the kitchen.

Fontana spoke with J.P. Robarts’ Grade 1 class, showing the children how to prevent and control fires.

The mayor pretended to make his favourite meal, pasta, to give […]

Fire Prevention Week

October 5th, 2011|

Oct. 9 to 15: London Fire Department officials will kick off Fire Prevention Week on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Children’s Safety Village (1424 Clarke Rd.).

via Fire prevention | Metro.

London Fire Department to hold open meeting

October 3rd, 2011|

The London Fire Department will have a community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the North London Optimist Community Centre (1345 Cheapside St.) to discuss plans for a new fire station. The new station would be built at 1295 Webster St.

People who cannot attend can direct comments to deputy chief Brian George at

St. […]