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 4300 calls yearly out of two Fire Halls 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 major highways are all within our response area. There are five main operational runways at Toronto Pearson. Pearson Airport processed 25.9 million passengers in 2002 by far the busiest year since the airport’s official inception back in 1939. There are approximately 1200 flight arrivals and departures daily at Pearson. In the year 2005, there were 383,000 aircraft movements, making Toronto Pearson the busiest airport in Canada and ranks in the top 20 in North America and the top 30 in the world. Sixty five airlines fly in and out of Toronto Pearson and there are approximately 70,000 total airport/airline employees who work within our response area.