Fire and Emergency Services



Whitby Fire and Emergency Services

In 2015, a group of WFES employees, representative of all areas of our Department, worked together to craft a new Vision statement, Mission statement, and Core values for our Department. These statements and values help to define who we are, what we value, and where we are going.

Vision Statement - a description of our community's future state.

Creating a culture of community safety

Mission Statement - what we do every day to achieve the Vision

Through innovation, leadership, and education, we are dedicated to protecting life and property.

Core Values - the values that define who we are, and that guide our behaviour as we strive to accomplish the Mission every day.

Compassion - treating our community as if they were our family

Integrity - being honest and trustworthy, and doing the right thing

Excellence - striving for excellence in every aspect of the service we provide to our community

Message from Fire Chief Dave Speed

The men and women of WFES are proud to be able to serve our great community. We are mindful of providing the best possible community service, and are not satisfied with the status quo. We care about the people in our community and are committed to continually seeking improvement opportunities to serve them better.

Our emergency services include responding to more than 5,000 calls per year comprised of water rescues, motor vehicle extrications, medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents, fire suppression, industrial accidents, and more. Our pro-active services include delivering relevant, modern, technical internal training, engaging the community in fire safety public education, inspecting properties to ensure they are safe and in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code, and ensuring our Administration efforts are as efficient and effective as possible.

As the Chief of WFES, I am excited about our future as a community minded service, and I encourage people from the Whitby Community to contact me with any feedback they have about our Service,


The first organized fire protection for the Town of Whitby was a pri­vately-operated company, established by Mr. Nathaniel Ray in 1851. In 1857, two years after Whitby was incorporated as a Town, a fire bri­gade consisting of 25 men and a hook and ladder company consisting of 20 men were formed under a by-law passed by the Town Council.

Today, Whitby Fire and Emergency Services consists of 104 Suppression staff, 6 Public Education and Fire Prevention staff, 2 Training Officers, 4.5 Administration and Logistics staff, 2 Deputy Fire Chiefs, and 1 Fire Chief. The department operates from five halls with 2 aerial platforms, 7 pumper fire trucks, 1 water tanker, and 1 rescue unit.

For more information, we invite you to read our History of the Whitby Fire Department (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Firefighter Career Opportunities

Firefighter Recruitment

For current career opportunities, please visit Employment Opportunities.


High School Co-op Placements

2016 Winter/Spring Co-op Application

Applications for the 2016/2017 Winter/Spring Semester will be accepted between September 1 and November 30, 2016.

Questions regarding High School Co-op Placements:

Phone: 905.668.3312
Email the Fire Public Education Office