Pearson Airport Professional Firefighters Association (PAPFFA) represents the 80+ men and women who dedicate themselves to the protection of people, property and the environment of Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ). We are local L4382 of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) who represent 267,000 members in 3500 communities across Canada and the United States.
We are employed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). Toronto Pearson International Airport encompasses a total of 1792 hectares or 17.9 square km’s. Our members are responsible for fire suppression, fire prevention and fire training within the airport community. Our fire suppression members are trained in both Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) as well as Structural Firefighting. Our members are proficient as Medical First Responders (MFR) with some of those members further being paramedic qualified. Further to being MFR qualified, all our members are Symptom Relief (SR) qualified, being able to administer certain drugs on medical responses. Confined Space Rescue, Auto Extrication and the handling of Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) are also credentials of our Association members. Our members respond to an average of 5000 calls yearly out of 3 (three) Fire Stations strategically located on airport property. There are currently four Platoons (A,B,C,D). Each Platoon has seventeen members who work a 24 hours shift pattern.
Toronto Pearson is a city within itself. Groundside and airside roads, elevated roadways and Union-Pearson Train link as well as major highways are all within our response area. There are five main operational runways at Toronto Pearson. Pearson Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Canada. In 2016, it handled 44,335,198 passengers and 456,536 aircraft movements, making it the world’s 32nd-busiest airport by total passenger traffic, 22nd-busiest airport by international passenger traffic, and 15th-busiest airport by flights. Pearson is also the 2nd-busiest airport by international passenger traffic in North America, the busiest being John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. As of 2017, over 75 airlines operate around 1,100 daily departures from Toronto Pearson to more than 180 destinations across all six of the world’s inhabited continents. There are approximately 70,000 total airport/airline employees who work within our response area.
Toronto Pearson is also home to our private college-FESTI (Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute http://www.festi.ca ). PAPFFA Association members are the core staff at FESTI responsible for the delivery of a wide array of training courses. FESTI is currently under contract by Ontario Fire Administration Inc (http://www.ofai.ca/) to provide services to conduct the Candidate Testing as regulated by OFAI.