Ministry of the
Solicitor General


Communiqué du commissaire des incendies


Communiqué 2016-14

September 2, 2016

The present communiqué supersedes Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2015-04, issued on March 12, 2016, and provides an update in regard to the Fire Services Long Service Medal investiture ceremonies held by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).

After a brief hiatus of a few months in 2015, the OFMEM began holding medal investiture ceremonies again.  Investiture ceremonies are held only for recipients of a 25‑year service medal or a service bar for 40 years or more.  Medal and bar recipients are each allowed to bring one guest to the ceremony. 

There must be a minimum of 20 recipients for a ceremony to be held.  If the number is very large, holding a second ceremony on another day may be considered.

The OFMEM continues to invite to the ceremonies the following guests:

  • the mayor (or a designate) of the municipality in which a recipient serves as a firefighter;
  • the fire chief (or a designate) of the municipality in which the investiture ceremony is being held;
  • each recipient’s fire chief (or a designate);
  • a representative of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC);
  • a representative of the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario (FFAO); and
  • a representative of the local firefighters’ association in the municipality in which the investiture ceremony is being held.

Please note that the persons listed above are not allowed to bring a guest to the ceremony. 

It is important to recognize the contributions to public fire safety made by members of the fire service.  The OFMEM looks forward to future long service medal investiture ceremonies.  The schedule for 2017 will be determined early next year.  Fire departments interested in having the OFMEM hold an investiture ceremony in their community should communicate with the OFMEM awards coordinator before the end of the year.

Enquiries regarding the Fire Services Long Service Medal or the medal investiture ceremonies should be directed to Heather Wadden, Awards Coordinator, OFMEM, who can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at (647) 329‑1066.