Fire and Emergency Services



Fire News and Activity

The Town of Whitby Fire and Emergency Services is committed to providing the highest level of life safety and property protection to residents, visitors, and businesses in our community.

Chief's Message

Originating in 1851 as a volunteer organization, Whitby Fire and Emergency Services has evolved into a modern department, providing fire and emergency services, as well as public fire and life safety education to the residents and visitors of the town. Operating from five fire stations, with a full-time staff of 119, including 104 firefighters, we respond to more than 5000 calls each year. In addition to fighting fires, we also respond to shore based water rescues, motor vehicle extrications, medical emergencies, industrial accidents, and much more.

Mission Statement

That all members of this Department will serve the residents of the Town of Whitby to the best of their ability. The service provided is dedicated to the preservation of life and property. Through education, training and prevention, all members will strategically plan to enhance our goal, which is to be as effective, efficient, and responsive as possible.

All members will continually strive for excellence through dynamic change, honesty, and trust, ensuring our service will meet all future challenges.


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, 5 Fire Prevention staff, 1 Public Education Officer, 2 Training Officers, 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

2015 Winter/Spring Co-op Application

Applications for the 2014/2015 Winter/Spring Semester will be accepted between September 1 and November 30, 2014.

Questions regarding High School Co-op Placements:

Phone: 905.668.3312
Email the Fire Public Education Office