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Fire Season

April 1 to October 31 Open Air Burning Permitted between 6pm and 8am with Activated Permit.

January 24th, 2019 15:36:41

Fire Protection

Fire protection in the Township of Rideau Lakes is provided by 4 fire stations, 18 fire vehicles, 3 boats, 1 UTV (utility task vehicle) and 100 volunteers. In addition to this, an Automatic Aid Agreement in part of South Elmsley Ward is provided under contract with the Smiths Falls Fire Department.

The Rideau Lakes Fire Department provides a range of services which include: fire suppression, fire prevention and public education, search and rescue, ice water rescue and auto extrication. All four fire stations within Rideau Lakes are capable of providing emergency medical first response, including defibrillation.

Your Fire Department is available for fire prevention and public education presentations to various groups, clubs and associations. Please take advantage of this service.

The Fire Department is always looking for qualified volunteers.  See the Volunteer Application section below.

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Station Locations and Areas of Coverage

Station #1

18 King Street, Delta

Coverage area: The former township of Bastard, now part of the Ward of Bastard and South Burgess.

Station #2

20 Colborne Street, Portland

Coverage area: The former township of South Burgess, now part of the Ward of Bastard and South Burgess, plus part of South Elmsley Ward, up to an including Otter Lake Road.

Station #3

32 Halladay Street, Elgin

Coverage Area: Ward of South Crosby

Station #4

31 Spring Street, Westport

Coverage Area: Wards of North Crosby and Newboro

Smiths Falls

Automatic Aid Emergency Response Only

Coverage Area: South Elmsley Ward, North of Otter Lake

Questions, please contact:
Fire Chief Scott Granahan
800-928-2250 – Ext 237

Contact details on Staff page.

Application for Volunteer Fire Fighter

Please submit the Volunteer Fire Fighter Application form, which will be used to determine your eligibility for employment as a Volunteer Fire Fighter.

Questions about the application should be directed to:

Fire Chief Scott Granahan, contact details on Staff page.
Rideau Lakes Fire Department,
1439 County Rd. 8,
Delta, ON K0E 1G0
800-928-2250  Ext 237
Fax:  613-928-3097

Smoke Alarms

Under the Ontario Fire Code, every home in Ontario is required to have working smoke alarms on every level. Statistics show that smoke alarms save lives. In a fire situation, you may have as little as two minutes to make your escape. A working smoke alarm may very well give you that edge, especially in the middle of the night. Battery-operated smoke alarms, either CSA or ULC approved, are acceptable. They are low cost and they do work, with a minimum amount of maintenance.

Homeowners must ensure that smoke alarms are installed between sleeping and living areas. They are also required to maintain the smoke alarms in working order. In rental accommodation, the obligation to install and maintain smoke alarms in operating condition falls to the landlord. Landlords must also provide smoke alarm maintenance information to the occupant of each unit. It is an offence for any person to disable a smoke alarm. This requirement applies equally to homeowners, landlords and tenants. Failure to comply with smoke alarm requirements can result in a $200.00 fine.

Does Your House have Working Fire Alarms?

In Ontario approximately 70 percent of fire deaths occur in homes that are not protected by working smoke alarms. This is particularly tragic when fire strikes our most vulnerable groups – children and older adults. Recent incidents in Ottawa and West Lincoln, Ontario, where multiple deaths tragically occurred in residential fires, have re-emphasized the importance of having these lifesaving devices in all homes. If you do not have smoke alarms in your home, install them today. If you do have smoke alarms, test them regularly to ensure they work.

The Fire Department recognizes that we must partner together with our citizens, so that the focus on preventing fires from happening in the first place is given the highest priority. However, in the event a fire does occur, a working smoke alarm on every level of your home will alert you and your family and can provide you an opportunity to escape. Developing and practising a home escape plane will ensure that everyone knows what to do when the alarm sounds.

Remember that fire can strike quickly and when you least expect it. It is your responsibility to have working smoke alarms in your home and it is the law. This small investment in fire safety can make a big difference to you, your family and your community’s Firefighters.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon Monoxide Alarms are now mandatory in all homes in Ontario.

Please use the link below to watch a brief video, which provides very good information. A link to the most commonly asked questions with answers, and a link with installation requirements are also available for your use.

If you require further information, the Fire Department would be pleased to answer any other questions you may have.

VIDEO:  Ontario’s New CO Alarm Law – A Call to Action for Homeowners

Ontario Government Questions and Answers about Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Installation Requirements

Cell Phones and 911

Use a land-based telephone whenever possible.  If you need to use a cell phone for an emergency call, please be sure to stay on the line as long as you can to ensure that the details of your location and the emergency are clear to the operator.

The following link explains the mobile 911 services available to Canadians, including accessible texting