Fire Department - About the Fire Department

Fire Rescue 

The St. Thomas Fire Department has been in existence since 1850 providing fire protection service to the citizens of this city. Over the years this service has changed immensely going from bucket brigades and horse drawn steamers to modern day fire apparatus. The role of the Fire Department has changed since 1850. Initially the sole function of the fire department was to provide fire suppression services. With the ever changing demands of society, the Fire Service of today relies on 3 lines of defense to protect the public from the risks associated with fire. These lines of defense include Public Education programs (including our smoke and CO alarm program), Fire Inspection/Prevention/Investigation and Fire Suppression services. 

Fire suppression is still our main function. Providing a quick response in a professional manner to control loss of property and life is the top priority of this department. Well trained personnel and modern equipment deliver this service to our citizens and to the corporations that call St. Thomas home.

Rescue is another service provided, with personnel trained in water rescue, ice water rescue, auto extrication, search and rescue at a fire scene and confined space rescue.

The St. Thomas Fire Dept. is trained as Level 1 Responders to Haz Mat situations, giving us the skills to control the hazard area, identify the hazard and contact the appropriate agencies required to deal with the hazard.

Medical responses have become a major part of the St. Thomas Fire Dept. This Dept responds to all "Code 4" alarms in conjunction with the Elgin St. Thomas EMS Service. These calls involve all life threatening situations. To be enabled to respond to these calls our personnel are trained in First Aid, CPR and defibrillation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Thomas Fire Department is to minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fire, medical emergencies, and other disasters.

We will accomplish our mission through prevention, education, fire suppression, medical services, and other related emergency and non-emergency activities. We will actively participate in our community, serve as role models, and strive to effectively and efficiently utilize all the resources at our command to provide a service deemed excellent by our citizens. 


The communications section of the St. Thomas Fire Dept. has four fulltime personnel who dispatch emergency calls for the St. Thomas Fire Department. These people are responsible for information gathering at the time of the call, dispatching the correct station and giving directions to locations for the responding firefighters. These Dispatchers continue to support the on-scene crew by contacting police, ambulance or utilities as required by the Incident Commander. Dispatchers also keep a chronological record of events as they happen and document the arrival and departure of all Units at the scene.

The communications department is also the after-hours answering service for the City of St. Thomas. It is through this service that after hours calls for Animal Control, Board of Works and any other city department are forwarded.


The Administration of the St. Thomas Fire Department is comprised of the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief and the Office Administrator.

It is the responsibility of these individuals to develop, implement, and oversee the direction of this Department. 

  Chief Bob Davidson

Deputy Fire Chief Ray Ormerod

  Deputy Fire Chief Ray Ormerod

Office Admin. Mary MacLeod
Office Admin. Mary MacLeod

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