LFD History

March 2018

New photos

March 7th, 2018|

Thanks again to Rick Loiselle for sharing a few more photos from his collection.

On this day in London Fire Fighters history… March 6th

March 6th, 2017|

On March 6th, the following published events were reported. An Electrical fire that damaged entire home in 2016 and a House fire started by children playing with matches and candles.

April 2014

Station Two’s Classics

April 29th, 2014|

Station 2 on Florence Street ran these two classic rigs during the fifties and sixties. Unit 12 a 1953 LaFrance 700 series pump & Unit 22, a 1951 Bickle-Seagrave aerial.

Whats Unit 12??

April 29th, 2014|

I am not sure when it began, but in the sixties and early to mid seventies the London Fire Department used a very different numbering system for the rigs.

All pumps were numbered in  a 10 series, eg. Unit 11 was the pump from Station 1, Unit 12 the pump from Station 2 and up […]

November 2013

Old London chief hot on fire museum

November 17th, 2013|

As he approaches 80, the unofficial historian of London’s fire department worries about the future of his artifacts, photographs and memorabilia.

Hundreds of the materials are stuffed into Jim Fitzgerald’s basement and garage.

He’d like to find a permanent home for the collection — and thinks he’s found it.

Fitzgerald has his eyes on a former Adelaide St. […]

September 2012

Doors Open London

September 25th, 2012|

Join the London Fire Department for Doors Open, being held on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday September 30th, from 10 AM to 4 PM to tour London Fire Station No. 4

Firefighters Mark Terror Attacks Victims

September 11th, 2012|

A ceremony in London acknowledged the lives lost during 9/11, but also..

Remembering fallen firefighters

September 11th, 2012|

London firefighters paid tribute to their fallen comrades during a solemn ceremony marking the Firefighter Day of Remembrance in front of the London Fire Department Memorial Headquarters

London Firefighters Pause To Remember The Fallen on 9/11 Anniversary

September 11th, 2012|

Hundreds will gather at London's main fire station on Tuesday to pause and remember those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks 11 years ago.

May 2012

History of Fire Hall No. 5

May 19th, 2012|

During the early days of firefighting in London, the fire department was also an insurance company.

If a home did not display a plaque indicating it was insured through the department and a fire broke out, firefighters would let the house burn down.

This was one of the stories retired London fire chief Jim Fitzgerald, 77, […]

Hidden History of Hamilton Road

May 17th, 2012|

Thursday May 17 at  Fire Hall Number 5 Retired Fire Chief J.F. (Jim) Fitzgerald will present the history of the London Fire Department, with a focus on Fire Hall Number 5. Formerly located at 155 Adelaide St., No. 5 served the Hamilton Road area, SoHo and the Old East Village. The event will be […]

October 2011

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 bgeorge@london.ca.

St. […]

September 2011

Fire fighter’s memorial unveiled

September 12th, 2011|

It was a solemn occasion on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 11) as members of London’s fire fighting fraternity were joined by dignitaries including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, family and the general public for the official unveiling and dedication of the London Fire Fighters’ Memorial Monument.

Held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 […]

London Firefighter Memorial

September 11th, 2011|

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty thanks emergency workers during a memorial for 21 London firefighters who have died in the line of duty at the London Fire Department Memorial Headquarters on Horton Street on Sunday September 11th, 2011. Family and friends of the fallen firefighters gathered to celebrate their memory as well as to remember […]

Fallen fire fighters memorial unveiled

September 11th, 2011|

Until now their sacrifice has been marked by boots, jackets and helmets arranged on empty chairs.

But now the names of 21 London fire fighters who died in the line of duty or due to occupational disease are inscribed on a granite cross.

About 1,000 people turned out on Sunday for the dedication ceremony for the […]

Firefighters get stirring tribute

September 11th, 2011|

“We’re just doing our job. That’s what we get paid to do,” says Scott Hunt, a London firefighter. “Obviously it was a tragic day ‘ 343 firefighters passed away just doing their job. It was a sad day.”

Hunt, who has been with the department for seven years, was working as a firefighter in his […]

Monument-al preparation

September 7th, 2011|

Off-duty members of the London Fire Department watch as Jason Fiqueiredo floats concrete in preparation for the installation of the London Firefighters’ Memorial Monument, which will be erected in front of the fire station at 400 Horton St.

The monument will be officially dedicated on Sunday (Sept. 11) during a special ceremony at 1 p.m. […]

August 2011

Monument will honour London firefighters

August 23rd, 2011|

A monument dedicated to London’s fallen firefighters will be unveiled in September, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

“It was in the original planning stages probably about five or six years ago and we’re really trying to put the push on it,” said Jim Holmes, president of the […]

May 2011

London Fire Services site gets update

May 6th, 2011|

London Fire Services launched a revamped website Friday (fire.london.ca) designed to make access to information easier and quicker. Among the new features: all forms and permits required by building owners and landlords, all bylaws and legislation, and all fees for services are available and easier to find.

via London Fire Services site gets update | […]

Doors Open London releases sites for 2011

May 5th, 2011|

The London Heritage Council has announced the official site lineup for Doors Open London, which takes place Sept. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty-five places located throughout London will open their doors, free of charge, for the public to explore.

Doors Open London aims to highlight the places and stories that […]