New 22-Storey Fire Ladder

Firefighters at the Queens Quay Station demonstrated the 22-storey reach of the ladder on the new Bronto Skylift truck. If it looks like it’s competing with the CN tower, it’s an optical illusion. Photo: Ed Hore

The Waterfront is newly built with more high-rises than any other part of Toronto. In all, this city has 2,500 high-rises and is second only to New York City in high-rise construction. That leaves a lot of vertical safety in the hands of Toronto Fire Services. The new Bronto Skylift firetruck with a 22-storey ladder is an important addition to their equipment. It is located at the fire station on 339 Queens Quay West due to our concentration of tall towers, and it will respond to emergency calls throughout the city. The cost of $2.9 million was covered by the City.

YQNA member Ed Hore visited the Queens Quay Station to see the impressive Bronto Skylift and took these photos. Not only is the 22-storey ladder twice the hight of existing ladders in the Fire Service’s equipment, but the master stream nozzle at the end of the platform is capable of flowing up to 3,800 litres of water per minute. Mayor John Tory said at the launch: “It is much more certain now that we can provide residents the kind of protection they need.”

The Bronto Skylift truck provides a very sturdy platform for the tall ladder and extra water pressure it adds to the range of Toronto Fire Services. Photo: Ed Hore