City marks 175th anniversary of Barrie fire department

It’s the 175th anniversary of the Barrie fire department, and the City is planning to celebrate the occasion.
Originally organized in 1844, the department, now named the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, provides high-level service in fire inspection/code enforcement, fire protection, technical rescue, training, communications, origin and cause investigations and emergency management planning.
“I’m very proud of our history, our staff and how our community has supported Barrie Fire over the years,” says Barrie Fire Chief Cory Mainprize.
“We’ve come a long way since the mid-1800s—we now have five fire stations, a fleet of 30 vehicles and modern equipment to help keep Barrie safe. The one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is our core mission: to protect lives, well-being and property in the city.”
To commemorate this milestone year, Barrie Fire and the City hosted a 175th Anniversary Flag Raising and Proclamation today (May 13) at City Hall’s courtyard, 2 p.m. Proclamation of May 13 to 17 as Barrie Fire and Emergency Service Week to recognize the 175th anniversary will be made at City Council Monday.
To kick off the 175th anniversary, the Share Your Story campaign invites the public to share a story of how they were helped by Barrie Fire and Emergency Services. Barrie Fire will use these stories to create a memory book. Stories will also be shared on social media, on and through local media outlets later this year.
2019 will also be host to a number of other special Barrie Fire events, including special features at Hot Summer NightsFire Prevention Week and the Santa Claus Parade. For more information and event updates, visit