Friday, July 03, 2020 - 3:30 PM

SJRFD Celebrates 125 Years

logo of the St. John's Regional Fire Department with additional 3 banners with text: 1895; 2020; 125th Anniversary

On July 8, 2020, the St. John’s Regional Fire Department will proudly celebrate its 125th anniversary.

The St. John’s Fire Department was originally established in 1895 under the Provincial Government to protect the citizens of St. John’s after the Great Fire of 1892 which saw the destruction of hundreds of homes, leaving thousands of people homeless, and causing millions of dollars in damage.

In 1992 the Department was transferred to the City of St. John’s to provide emergency protection to the Cities of St. John’s and Mount Pearl through a Regional Fire Services Committee (RFSC) and subsequently the Department became known as the St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD). It now proudly serves the Cities of St. John’s, Mount Pearl and the Town of Paradise.

We value the history and tradition of the SJRFD, an Organization built on the past of those now retired. Just as important we value the commitment of our men and women who are currently with the Department, who will share the responsibility of shaping our future. The SJRFD of today is a modern and very progressive Department that is committed to protect the lives and property of citizens which we serve.

“The men and women of the SJRFD provide these services in a professional manner and are to be commended for this, given some of the many inherent challenges of protecting a combination of historic and modern architecture”, says Chief Colford.

In celebration of this momentous occasion, the SJRFD will host several virtual events on Wednesday, July 8 through its Facebook page, with a lead up of many historical photos starting on Saturday, July 4. We encourage the public to be involved by visiting our Facebook page or Municipal websites and sharing pictures or commenting with any historical information they may have.