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Station Tours & Truck Visits

Station tours can be booked at any one of our five stations, and trucks can visit your location. This page contains information on how to book either.

Station tours involve a tour through the fire hall, including a view of trucks, equipment, and gear. Station 1 (headquarters) is the largest and includes a heritage museum; these tours run 45–60 minutes, depending on the number of visitors and questions. Stations 2, 3, 4, and 5 are smaller stations located in outlying areas, but tours (approx. 30 minutes) are still interesting!

Take a virtual tour of Headquarters - Station 1.

Truck visits include showing the truck equipment, conducting a truck tour, and Q&A. A truck can visit community events, charitable events, and school and community groups. We can’t accommodate every request, but we try our best! Trucks are approved to leave their station for a one-hour period. Firefighters are on duty, so they may need to leave the location at any time.

"Thanks to the very kind firemen who showed us around this morning. My grandsons, Dylan and Jordan, loved seeing the trucks and especially the hovercraft. On the way home Dylan decided he was going to be a fireman when he grows up. And they loved all the goodies they got to take home. Thank you again!"

- Kathi S. (October 2019)

How to Book

To book a station tour or truck visit, please provide the following information to fire.prevention@barrie.ca or (705) 728-3199

  • Number of children and their ages
  • Number of adults
    1 adult required per five children 5–12 years of age 
  • Date requested (minimum three weeks' notice)
  • Time requested
  • Name of contact person
  • Organization phone number & e-mail address
  • For station tours: Address of fire station
  • For truck visits: Address of your location or address of event
    Fire trucks attend public events for a maximum of one hour.

Note: Due to the increased demand for our services, priority for requests of truck visits and stations tours will be given to schools that are participating in our educational Travelling Sparky ProgramWhen we schedule a request, the firefighters may have to respond to an emergency, therefore we do not guarantee availability. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book the station to host a birthday party?

Unfortunately, we do not have the proper facilities to have birthday parties at any BFES Fire Stations.

How do I get Sparky the Travelling Fire Dog to come to my event?

Please contact Fire Prevention at 705-728-3199 or fire.prevention@barrie.ca

Is there a minimum age for visiting the fire station?

While there is no limit on the age of the children visiting/touring a station, we do recommend visitors be no younger than 4 years old, as the noise and truck sirens may scare children younger than 4.  We ask that there be at least one adult for every five children between the ages of 5 – 12 and one adult for every two children between the ages of 2.5 to 4 years. 

How many visitors are allowed in a group tour of the station?

We request that groups be no larger than 20 people.

How old should my children be to attend a station tour?

We recommend visitors be no younger than 4 years of age. The noise and truck sirens may scare children younger than age 4.

How many children per adult would be required for supervision?

We request one adult attend per five children between the ages of 5 - 12, and one adult for every two children between the ages of 2.5 to 4 years.

What is the best time to book a tour?

Our preferred tour days are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. We realize some groups are unable to attend during this time,  so please call ahead to book your tour so we can co-ordinate with our fire crews.

We are a Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, or school group.  How do we book a tour?

If you are a community group, we can visit you the week before your station tour, and discuss fire safety and offer some education and homework. The following week, you are invited to visit the fire hall, tour the building, and if your homework is complete, you will receive a certificate.

What will we see on a tour?

Some of the things you will experience at the fire station are:

  • Trucks: Our firefighters will show you the different types of trucks we use, and the different types of rescue equipment available on these trucks.
  • Living quarters: You will see the living quarters where the firefighters spend their time while in the station.
  • Gear: You can learn about bunker gear that our firefighters wear when responding to a call and the different features of the gear.
  • You will learn valuable fire prevention information, and get answers to any fire safety questions you may have.
  • You can ask the firefighters questions about their job.
Who can book a fire truck visit?

Trucks visits can be booked by schools, daycare programs, some charity and community events.

How long will the truck be able to attend my event?

A truck visit to your event will be one hour. Please keep in mind that trucks are still in service, and may be called away at any time. As well, they may be delayed arriving to your event. We will do our very best to attend your event, but emergencies are our number one priority.


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