Toronto Fire Services has purchased a new vehicle to better deal with high-rise fires.
Tower 1 can reach an elevation of 70 metres, or 230 feet; double the height of Toronto’s next tallest aerial apparatus which can reach 11 storeys. The vehicle provides Toronto Fire Services with added height to deal with high-rise emergencies.
Tower 1 is stationed 207 Front St. E. which is the downtown core with the greatest density of high rises. It can be deployed to assist with fighting fires, search and rescue, industrial emergencies, and rope rescues such as at the Scarborough Bluffs. It allows Toronto firefighters the ability to get above and over top of buildings and work around overhead obstructions common in high-density urban areas of the City.