Fire SeasonApril 1 to October 31 Open Air Burning Permitted between 6pm and 8am with Activated Permit.
January 24th, 2019 15:36:41
Total Burn Ban in Effect as of 11:59pm March 25, 2020
ALL municipalities within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville have implemented a TOTAL OPEN-AIR BURN BAN as of Wednesday March 25th at 11:59pm until further notice.
The ban applies to all open-air fires including agricultural burns, brush piles, burn barrels, campfires, chimineas, cooking fires, consumer fireworks, incinerators and other types of outdoor burning, but does not include cooking appliances with a mechanical shutoff, i.e. propane or natural gas cooking equipment.
Due to the concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the need for social distancing and to assist in the health, safety and well-being of our firefighters we placed an open-air burn ban as a precautionary measure to avoid any additional strain on our fire services at this time.
We are committed to providing and maintaining emergency response within our communities and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we cope with this uncertain and unprecedented situation.
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.
Station Locations and Areas of Coverage
Coverage area: The former township of Bastard, now part of the Ward of Bastard and South Burgess.
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.
Coverage Area: Ward of South Crosby
Coverage Area: Wards of North Crosby and Newboro
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
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.
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 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/phone/911/can.htm