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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.

Open Air Burning

The Ontario Fire Code prohibits open burning unless approved by the Chief Fire Official. Township By-Law 2019-16 – Open-Air Burning allows for such approved open-air burning through a permit process. Any unauthorized burning may result in a fine pursuant to the Ontario Fire Code, and the Provincial Offences Act.

Burn Permit

2019 Burn Permits cost $10 for the year and are available ONLINE at rl.burnpermits.com .

Pay online with a Credit Card or PayPal.  To pay with Debit or Cash, choose the Pay Later option and visit the Township of Rideau Lakes Municipal Office at 1439 County Road 8, Delta (in Chantry).

For assistance with online registration, please call 1-800-928-2250 or visit the Township Office.

Call before you burn: 1-833-853-3473

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.

Ontario Government Questions and Answers about Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Installation Requirements

Civic Addressing

Every residence and/or business in the township has been assigned a “9-1-1” emergency civic address number. These numbers in addition to aiding in emergency response, are also useful in helping others find you. Unfortunately, not all residents in the township have taken advantage of this.

Civic Address Signs are available from the township. These signs are reflective and easily seen day or night. To order your Civic Address Sign, complete the Civic Address Application form and submit to the Township office with the required fee.  For information regarding Civic Addressing, contact Tracy Perrin, Development Services Analyst.  Contact details on Staff page.

Remember, if we can’t find you – we can’t help you!

Cell Phones and 911

When using 911 for an emergency call, please be sure to use a land-based telephone whenever possible. The 911 system can only identify your exact calling location from land-based phones. Cell phone 911 calls are routed directly to the OPP and not to the 911 call centre.

However, 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.

Cell phones, because of their portability, do not have a connection to 911 call centres. If you have a choice, please use land-based phones for 911 calls whenever possible.

Emergency Response Plan

The Township of Rideau Lakes has the responsibility for dealing with any emergency affecting, or likely to affect, the people and property situated within Township boundaries. It has an Emergency Response Plan that governs the arrangements, procedures, as well as the roles and responsibilities of agencies and individuals during an emergency.

The following information has been prepared as part of the Township of Rideau Lakes Emergency Management Plan and is intended to assist in safeguarding and preparing you and your family prior to and during an emergency.

Emergency Management Ontario has the responsibility of seeing that all Municipalities have prepared an Emergency Management Plan. The framework for the creation of these plans and the requirements of the Emergency Plans are established in the Emergency Management Act.

Township of Rideau Lakes Emergency Response Plan

Township of Rideau Lakes Emergency Response Plan pdf

Emergency Checklist

The Emergency Checklist is intended to assist individuals by providing a list of items that will help individuals endure potential inconveniences or hardships that may be experienced as a result of an emergency.

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio and batteries or crank radio
  • Spare batteries (for radio or flashlight)
  • First-aid Kit
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Important papers (identification)
  • Food and boiled water
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toilet paper and other personal items
  • Medication
  • Backpack/duffel bag (to hold all of the kit items)
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Playing cards, games

For further information, visit Emergency Management Ontario.

Seniors and Emergencies

An emergency situation or an evacuation can be a frightening and confusing time. It is important that seniors be educated about the potential for emergencies, the steps they can take to be prepared for an emergency, the programs in place to help manage emergencies, and the services that are available to help them get through the emergency, and return to their regular routine.

Emergency Survival Kits for Seniors

In addition to their basic Emergency Survival Kits, it is essential that senior citizens being evacuated during emergencies take with them any other equipment or devices they may need immediately. Those items may include:

  • assistive devices such as such as canes, walkers, hearing aids, breathing apparatus, etc.
  • prescription eyewear and footwear
  • extra medications and vitamin supplements
  • copies of prescriptions
  • extra dentures (if required) and cleaner
  • personal papers, identification; and
  • list of names and telephone numbers (such as family members, doctor, case worker, seniors group contact person, etc.).

The Emergency Survival Kit fact sheet outlines the basic items every individual should keep in an easy-to-reach place.

Fire Protection Guidelines for Private Road Construction

The Township has guidelines for private road construction that will provide the greatest possibility for the fire department to provide full emergency response within its capabilities to do so. See Fire Protection Guidelines for Private Road Construction.

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