The Toad’s On Fire

Posted: 16th February 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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We have a special bonus post tonight, dedicated to my best friend.  This is a special building to us, and this is a special photo of it.  I took it a few weeks back and have been holding onto it waiting for just the right time when I could do it justice with a fitting blog story to go along with it.  Tonight is the night.

Oak Bay Fire Hall - Victoria BC Canada

Oak Bay Fire Hall - Victoria BC Canada

This is the Oak Bay Fire Hall in Victoria BC, Canada.  It was built as the original Fire Hall for the municipality in 1937.  The unit is run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a 4 rotating 6-person crew.

Now, the reason this building is so special is several fold, but primarily because it was the Fire Hall my best friends uncle worked at as both Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Chief.  I really wanted to take a special photo that would truly showcase the beauty of this building as an original, heritage building in our area.  I also wanted to capture the character and personality it has.

This image has a few select items to take in.  The Tudor styling is truly gorgeous, complimented with the incredible brickwork.  There are several items leaned up against the side wall, not enough to detract from the image in any way, but definitely enough to be noticed and add an interesting component.  But, my favorite part is most definitely the fire trucks you can see through the windows of the most incredible wooden doors I’ve ever seen in my life.

Further historical information from Waymarking.com says:

The Oak Bay Fire Department was formed in 1938 by the hiring of 11 members who worked more than 120 hours per week. Prior to this date, the City of Victoria was responsible for taking care of fires within Oak Bay. The department has grown over time to serve the community in which it protects in many ways and so too has our membership, with the formation, and evolution of our Union. Thanks to the forming of a union in 1969, members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (Local 1856) and affiliation with the British Columbia Fire Fighters Association, the work conditions and hours have greatly been improved.

The city of Oak Bay is approximately 5 square miles and has a population of 18,300+ residents. Our call volume is approximately 1,200 + annually.

Oak Bay is home to some of the most prestigious homes in the capital region. Located in the area called the “Uplands” are multi-million dollar waterfront homes which span the entire distance along Beach drive.

Beach Drive surrounds two thirds of our municipality. Houses’ in these prestigious areas have an acre or more of property which is unusual for homes in a city location and are home to the elite, many TV, sports and music personalities. Oak Bay Professional Firefighters Union also protects the Uplands and Victoria Golf Courses’, the Victoria Yacht Club and Oak Bay Marina. Our borders are from Harling Point (known as Chinese Cemetery) along Foul Bay road to the University of Victoria, intersecting the City of Victoria and Saanich Municipalities along the way.

Our 21 member local’s call volume is averaged 1200 calls per year, and the response varies from Fires, to MVA’s and First Responders.

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  1. avatar Heather says:

    Wow! What a beautiful building! I love Tudor style, I would have never thought of a fire station in that vein! Beautiful composition 🙂

  2. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Quite the beautiful structure Toad! Classic and clean! The garage doors are awesome, just as the trucks behind are likely to be! wonderful job here my friend!

    • Thank you so so much for your kind words Jim, coming from you that means the world to me! I am really happy you enjoyed this one, it’s really special to me so it’s really great to be able to share this with everyone! 🙂

  3. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Great shot Toad from the lines of the roof ,to the bold brick walls ,to the glimpse of red and chrome trucks through the incredible wood doors.With the tree towering in the background ,you have a great scene here!

  4. Nice spot Toad. Would love to see a close up of the facade!

    • Thank you so much Jesse! I had a photo of the front I took on the same day but it did not turn out, I will try to head back for another…. thanks for leaving such a great comment today, I appreciate it.

  5. avatar mindymilburn says:

    I loved reading all the history on this and of course the personal reasons why it is so special. This is a GORGEOUS photo!!!