Toronto is now home to North America's tallest fire and rescue lift

May 4 2022, 3:30 pm

Toronto Mayor John Tory and Fire Chief Matthew Pegg showed off the City’s latest fire and rescue apparatus today.

The new firefighting articulated aerial unit can extend 70 metres from the ground or 22 storeys. The Bronto Skylift, also known as Tower 1, is twice as tall as the next highest aerial unit, which comes in at 11 storeys. According to the City, this is the tallest firefighting apparatus in North America.

The truck will be kept at 339 Queens Quay West, where there are a great number of highrise condo buildings. It can be deployed to other areas of the city and could even be used to assist rescues at Scarborough Bluffs, fighting fires, and industrial rescues.

The huge platform also has a nozzle that can push water through at 3,800 metres per minute! According to the City, this 22-storey apparatus will also allow firefighters to get above fires and operate from a different vantage point. It can also help fire teams get above and around obstacles.

“The addition of this 70-metre articulating aerial platform into Toronto Fire Services fleet represents a significant enhancement to the already world-class levels of fire protection services provided in Canada’s largest and most diverse city. This resource will become even more important as Toronto continues to become increasingly vertical and dense in the years to come,” Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said in a press release.

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