In accordance with the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Toronto Fire Services (TFS) provides Toronto residents and businesses with a comprehensive suite of fire protection services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. TFS delivers the following services:

  • Fire Rescue and Emergency Response
  • Fire Safety Education
  • Fire Prevention Inspection and Enforcement

TFS has stewardship over 83 fire stations and eight support facilities to support service delivery. TFS responded to more than 132,000 emergency incidents, inspected more than 3,800 buildings, and responded to more than 8,300 complaints or requests for inspections.

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for Toronto Fire Services for detailed information on service levels, key initiatives, challenges and performance measures. You can also review budget highlights below.

Toronto Fire Services provides high quality, efficient and effective fire protection services to those who live, work and visit the city of Toronto. This includes protecting life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, illness, accidents, natural disasters and other hazards.

Through raising community awareness about all hazards and employing a risk-based approach to fire prevention, TFS continues to enhance fire and life safety.

View the Toronto Fire Services Program Map to better understand the services and activities TFS delivers.

Operating Budget

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $494.1 million gross and $475.8 million net.

Highlights

  • 3.0% Increase over the 2018 Approved Net Operating Budget to maintain existing service levels and meet additional service demands resulting from increased population and vertical growth.
  • $1.460M Fire Safety Quality Assurance Inspection Audits with 11 new permanent positions (AG13.11); additional permanent position for Computer Aided Dispatch/ Records Management Systems (CAD/RMS) section; Employee Assistance Counsellor (0.5 position), provided by City Manager’s Office; dedicated second solicitor to support prosecutions, provided by Legal Services.
  • 2020/2021 Increases primarily for known inflationary adjustments for salaries, benefits and contracts, as well as operating costs associated with Station B (Downsview) and Station A (Woodbine) to be fully operational in Q2 2020 and Q2 2021 respectively.

Key Challenges

  • Delivering effective services in an increasingly dense, growing and vertical city (above and below grade), where high-rise incidents represent 39% of the city-wide total number of fires and alarms.
  • Addressing the challenges arising from Firefighter occupational stress injury, post-traumatic stress and other psychological illnesses and injuries.
  • Implementing the recommendations contained within the Auditor General’s report entitled “Raising the Alarm”.
  • Achieving International accreditation under Centre for Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).

Priority Actions

  • Funding of $0.411 million is recommended to implement innovative high-rise fire fighting techniques and tools, including 65mm Hose Packs and Standpipe Kits, in order to enhance operational effectiveness.
  • Funding of $0.066 million is recommended to secure 0.5 FTE Employee Assistance Counsellor position to support the TFS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
  • Funding of $1.135 million is included for Quality Assurance inspections implemented in 2018 as a result of an Auditor General investigation and audit report.

Capital Budget and Plan

The 10-year Capital Plan is $46.5 million to support reducing risk to both life and property and ensuring the efficiency, responsiveness, and health & safety of firefighters.

Highlights – 1 Year

  • $3.053M Begin 11 new projects, including Firefighting Particulate Hoods; Training Facilities Needs Assessment Study; Fire Prevention Office Space Accommodation; 65mm Hose Packs and Standpipe Kits; Next Generation 911 Project; Personal Protection Equipment; HUSAR Building Expansion; and Breathing Air Compressor.
  • $2.093M Complete the construction of the Station B-Downsview Fire Station.
  • $1.590M Continue the next phase of 4 multi-year replacement projects: Fire Prevention Technology Integration; Operational Training Simulators; Facilities Rehabilitation; and Firefighter Helmet Replacement.
  • $0.544M Complete the Emergency Communication Console project.

Highlights – 10 Years

  • $23.530M Health & Safety and Legislated projects to replace personal equipment, defibrillators, safety, and emergency protective equipment.
  • $12.150M Growth Related projects to continue the construction of two new fire stations in the areas of Downsview and Woodbine to address service gaps, and begin the HUSAR Building Expansion project to provide expanded training capacity.
  • $8.754M State of Good Repair projects including investments: for additional office space to accommodate existing staff; to support a Training Facilities Needs Assessment; to upgrade the CAD system; and to replace Communication Workstation Consoles.
  • $2.078M Service Improvement projects to upgrade existing systems, including the IT data intelligence systems to facilitate data integration.

Find more information on specific City issues, opportunities and challenges in the briefing notes and reports prepared by City staff. Documents will be posted as they become available.

Presentations made to committee and City Council provide an overview of the 2019 City budget. Documents will be posted as they become available.