When I am called to duty God,
Wherever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child,
Before it is too late,
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert,
To hear the weakest shout,
Then quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling Lord,
To give the best in me;
Halting all the fear and pain;
Protecting Life and property.
And when that moment comes, dear Lord,
When end of life draws near,
I trust to your eternal love
All those whom I hold dear.
The Toronto Fire Services is responsible for responding to fires, rescue and assisting with medical situations within the City of Toronto. It was created in 1998 from the merger of the former fire departments of the original City of Toronto, East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York. It is the largest fire department in Canada (ahead of Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa) and the 5th largest city fire department in North America.
Probationary Firefighter – no rank insignia, wearing a black helmet.
Second Class Firefighter
First Class Firefighter
Captain – company officer in charge of one fire truck and crew – with 2 silver epaulette stripes, and wearing a red helmet.
District Chief – command officer responsible for all fire stations within a district (ex. 11 District, or 42 District) – with 2 gold stripes, and wearing a white helmet.
Platoon Chief – command officer responsible for all fire stations within all four districts of a command (North, East, South, or West) – with 3 gold stripes, and ‘Platoon Chief’ marked on the back of their bunker gear jacket.
Division Commander – command officer responsible for all four shifts within one of the geographic divisions of the city – with 3 thick and 1 thin gold stripes, and ‘Division Commander’ marked on their bunker jacket.
Deputy Fire Chief – with 4 gold stripes, and "Deputy Chief’ marked on their bunker jacket.
Fire Chief – with 5 gold stripes, and ‘Chief’ marked on the their bunker jacket.