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  • Third Alarm

    A Publication of the OFBA

    Volume 46, No. 3 May-June 2016

    Now immaculately restored, this 1929 Bickle Canadian served the Vancouver Fire Department for four decades. Bought by OFBA member Ron McRae, it was recently sold to Brian Beard who reassembled and restored the rig to its present glory. The Canadian

    was the top-of-the-line model of this series of Super Bickle engines, equipped with a 900igpm pump. Walt McCall provides a comprehensive history of these fine Canadian

    trucks on page 13. (Terry Yip photo)

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    Volume 46 Number 3

    May - June 2016


    ONTARIO FIRE BUFF ASSOCIATES (Incorporated in 1979)

    P.O. BOX # 56 Don Mills


    Third Alarm is published bi-monthly in February, April, June, August, October,

    and December. Available free with OFBA membership or by electronic


    Please send submissions to: Des Brett Editor, Third Alarm 48 Glenwood Cres. Toronto ON Canada M4B 1J6 or E-Mail: The Editor reserves the right to edit all material submitted for publication.

    For membership information, write the above address,

    or contact us on the Internet at: or

    EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 2016 17 President Secretary Treasurer

    Robert Rupert 7 Kerfoot Cres.

    Keswick ON L4P 4B8

    Home: (905) 989-0769

    Ken Jansen 35 Park St.

    Cobourg, ON K9A 2E2

    Home: (905) 373-5672

    James Stronach 128 Milner Downs Cres. Ottawa ON K2M 2S4

    Home: (613) 271-9844 Office: (613) 564-7690 Vice President Membership Director David Mollison 256 College St. N.

    P.O. Box 1039 Durham ON N0G 1R0

    Home: (519) 369-5337

    Robert Herscovitch 2206 65 Skymark Dr, Toronto ON M2H 3N9

    Home: (416) 497-8968

    Larry Ward 342 Buckingham Rd.

    Newmarket, ON L3Y 6K5

    Home: (905) 898-1305

    Director Director Past President IFBA Region 10 VP Desmond Brett 48 Glenwood Cres

    Toronto ON M4B 1J6

    Home: (416) 750-9889 Mobile: (416) 427-9055

    Bob Anderson P.O. Box 1216

    Cobourg, ON K9A 5A4

    Home: (905) 372-6050 Work: (905) 372-6050

    Rick Loiselle 68 35 Waterman Ave. London ON N6C 5T5

    Home: (519) 636-5257

    Ian Duke 7 - 12 Albert Ave.

    Etobicoke ON M8V 2L4 Mobile: (647) 783-9438

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    Presidents Message

    Well, as predicted by your editor, the weather was not that great for our first photo tour of the year but the 10 members who met at Clearview Townships' Station 3 in New Lowell on May 14 were a hardy bunch and had a most enjoyable day even though it was mostly cold and wet. Eventually, the sun did come out as we were wrapping up things in Wasaga Beach late in the afternoon. Many thanks to organizer Larry Ward and to those who came out despite the conditions. Many thanks also go out to our hosts from the Clearview, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach departments, who were most accommodating. An updated roster of the three departments and photos can be found further on in this issue. Plans are also well underway for the rest of this years tours beginning in southern Bruce County on June 25 followed by a two day tour in Monroe County, NY on July 9 & 10, eastern Northumberland County on August 13, Central Elgin & St. Thomas on September 10 and East Gwillimbury, Uxbridge & Scugog on October 3. Schedules and further information can be found on the clubs' website closer to the event. I would also remind you that the IFBA Convention will be held in New Orleans this year from August 16-20. Further information and registration forms can be found on their website; The ownership of High Pressure Monitor #2 was signed back to the City of Toronto on April 22 at a meeting between Division Chief Anselmi and myself, witnessed by Secretary Larry Ward, while a date for an official handover has not yet been finalized.

    Bob Rupert, President.

    From our Membership Secretary Just a brief note in this issue from your Membership Secretary, but very important none the less. It appears that we have had a problem collecting dues again this year, as there are still approximately 12% of our members who have failed to pay as of the first week in June. This is a distressing occurrence as we are half way into another year. Hopefully this situation will right itself and it appears to being doing that after a reminder was recently sent out. Looks like most just plain forgot. On the brighter side, we have welcomed three new members in the past several months. Remember that we are always on the lookout for new members. I look forward to another successful year for our organization and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer. Robert Herscovitch, Membership Secretary

    From the Editor This issue we have the report from the first tour of the season, thanks to Bob Rupert, a ton of new deliveries and huge international section due to UK member Simon Adamson and our Singapore correspondent, Kenneth Lai. In addition, your editor took it upon himself to research the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, two areas we have not covered before, to increase our coverage. Kudos to Robert Herscovitch, Dave Stewardson, Doug Holmes, Bob Rupert, Ken Buchanan and Rob Simpson for info, and for photos: Dependable Emergency Vehicles, Dave Stewardson, Simon Adamson, Kenneth Lai, Doug Holmes, Bob Rupert, Ken Buchanan, Rob Simpson, Larry Thorne, John Bowerman, Ken Walton, Gary Dinkel, Harold McMann, Ian Duke, Terry Yip, Shane MacKichan and Neil McCarten. Desmond Brett, Editor, Third Alarm


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    Calendar Photo tours for 2016: June 25 Lucknow, Ripley, Walkerton, Hanover, West Grey June 25 will begin at the Lucknow and District Fire Department - 725 Campbell St., Lucknow at 0900 hrs. We will then visit Ripley-Huron, South Bruce (2 stations), Walkerton, Elmwood, Hanover and, time permitting, West Grey (3 stations) July 9 & 10 Two day tour of Monroe County, NY The two day tour in Monroe County, NY will begin at Brockport Station 4, 237 Main St, Brockport, NY at 0900 hrs., July 9. plans are to then visit the Spencerport, Hilton, North Greece and, if time allows, Ridge Road Fire Districts followed by supper at our tour guides home. July 10 will begin at the Churchville Fire hall, 24 Washington St., Churchville at 0900 hrs followed by visits to the Chili, Gates, Clifton and Mumford Fire Districts. If we get to all these departments we will have covered almost all of the western half of the county. August 13 Eastern Northumberland County Brighton, Trent Hills & Cramahe

    September 10 Central Elgin and St. Thomas October 3 East Gwillimbury, Uxbridge and Scugog November 5 OFBA Annual Flea Market and Annual General Meeting

    Saturday, July 30 GLIAFAA Frankenmuth Muster, Frankenmuth, MI August 10 to 14 2016 SPAAMFAA Summer Convention & Muster, Middletown, NY August 12 to 14 26th Annual WAMBO Show & Parade, Wallaceburg, ON September 3 & 4 34th Annual St. Thomas Fire Muster Days, St. Thomas, ON September 16 & 17 FireFest V, Chatham, ON For the most complete list of firematic events available, please go to:

    A very pleased group attended the recent tour in Clearview, this was taken at Station 1. (Bob Rupert)

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    OFBA Photo Tour - May 14, 2016

    Clearview Township Fire Department by Bob Rupert Station 1 - 6993 Highway 26, Stayner (Built 2012) Pump 12 - 2010 Pierce Contender 1050/1500 J# 22667 Rescue 14 - 2003 International 4700 / Oro Designs Squad 15 - 2005 Freightliner FL80 / American LaFrance 1050/800 S# 51148 ATV 1 - 2014 Kubota RTV 1100 with tracks Parade - Chevrolet 1700 / LaFrance pumper 500/500 S#B2191 Station 3 - 5212 County Road 9, New Lowell (1973) Pump 32 - 2009 Kenworth / Pierce 1050/1250 J#21941 Tanker 33 - 2014 Freightliner M2-106 / Midwest PP/1500 S# 2541 Station 4 - 7655 County Road 9, Creemore (2006) Squad 45 - 2016 Freightliner M2-106 / Pierce 1050/840 S# 28711-TR-01 Pump 42 - 1999 GMC C8500 / Superior 1050/900 S# SE2124 Pump 72 - 1999 GMC C8500 / Superior (spare) 1050/900 S# SE2123 Parade - 1941 International D50 / Bickle pumper 420/200 Station 5 - 794055 County Road 124, Singhampton Pump 52 - 2012 Freightliner M2-106 / Pierce 1050/800 J#26320 Tanker 53 - 2014 Freightliner M2-106 / Midwest PP/2500 S# 2542 Station 6 - 95 Batteaux Rd., Nottawa Pump 62 - 2008 Kenworth / Pierce 1050/840 J#7057 Tanker 63 - 2012 Pierce Saber (Wildland truck) 1050/2100 S#26286

    Newly delivered to Creemore is Clearview Squad 45,a 2016 Freightliner M2-106/Pierce pumper equipped with a 1050igpm pump and an 840gwt. It has serial no. S# 28711-TR-01 (Gary Dinkel photo)

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    Collingwood Fire Department

    45 High St (2013)

    Pumper 1 - 2008 Spartan Advantage MFD / Seagrave 1050/600/25F S#66595 Pumper 2 - 2003 Spartan Advantage MFD / Seagrave 1250/650/30F