Fire Departments

 
The Township of Whitewater Region Fire Department consists of approximately 75 trained volunteers operating under the direction of a part-time Fire Chief and a part-time Deputy Fire Chief. A Station Captain oversees the day-to-day operation of each Fire Station.

The Fire Department provides services to more than 6200 residents covering an area of approximately 537 square kilometers. This coverage is provided out of five fire stations located in the major centres of Beachburg, Cobden, Foresters Falls, Haley Station and Westmeath. The department has a total of five pumper trucks, four tankers and two rescue vehicles which are distributed among these five fire stations. Whitewater Region Fire Department also has both heavy & light vehicle extraction equipment.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Township of Whitewater Region Fire Department is to be a leading emergency service provider by:

  • Meeting the needs of our community in fire prevention, fire suppression and rescue
  • Utilizing and improving the dedication and skills of our volunteer firefighters
  • Constantly improving all of our services and operations

In carrying out this mission, the Township of Whitewater Region Fire Department will:

  • Give top priority to firefighter safety, education & training as well as environmental concerns
  • Encourage the professional and personal development of our members
  • Work as a team to take full advantage of our skills, knowledge and creativity
  • Communicate openly and honestly to our members and community to inspire trust and confidence
   
Station #1 Haley Fire Station
17 Firehall Lane,
Station #2 Cobden Fire Station
44 Gould Street,
   
Station #3 Foresters Falls Fire Station
2038 Foresters Falls Road,
Station #4 Beachburg Fire Station
17 Hannah Street,
   
 
Station #5 Westmeath Fire Station
127 Synton Street,
 
   
 

 

 

CALL 9-1-1 IN AN EMERGENCY!

On November 24, 1999, 9-1-1 was activated for all residents of the County of Renfrew and the City of Pembroke. Residents should call 9-1-1 in the event of a police, fire or medical emergency only. Do not call 9-1-1 to see if it works or to request information. All properties have their own unique civic address and you will be required to give the operator the civic address of your location. The civic address consists of your house or property number, the street/road/lane name and the name of your municipality.

In 2003, the Fire Department responded to approximately 130 calls ranging from fire suppression, motor vehicle rescues and false alarms.

In addition to fire suppression duties, members of the fire department also provide ongoing fire prevention education to senior’s groups, schools, service groups and the general public about developing home escape and fire safety plans. Distribution of smoke alarms and replacement batteries and installation of alarms on request are all part of the department’s smoke alarm program.

Another service provided by the fire department is fire safety inspections. Regular inspections are conducted of nursing homes, homes for the aged and hotels & motels.

In order to ensure that our volunteers have the most up-to-date knowledge and skills required to provide fire and rescue services, fire fighters take training courses at the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst throughout the year. Courses taken include confined space rescue, agriculture rescue, propane, flash over, fire cause & determination and firefighting modules. Training is also conducted in-house at each fire station a minimum of two sessions a month.

 

SMOKE ALARMS: It’s The Law!

Amendment to the Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every level

A recent amendment to the Ontario Fire Code now requires homes to have working smoke alarms on every level. This is in addition to the existing requirement of having smoke alarms outside all sleeping areas. The amendment applies to all single-family, semi-detached and town houses, whether owner-occupied or rented.

For homeowners, that may mean purchasing additional smoke alarms and installing them on every level of their home and outside all sleeping areas. Failure to do so could result in a ticket for $235.

Landlords must make sure their rental properties comply with the law. Individual landlords who fail to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirement can face penalties of up to $25,000.

Tenants of rental properties are encouraged to contact their landlords immediately if they do not have the required number of smoke alarms. Once smoke alarms are installed, tenants cannot remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way. If they do so, the tenant could be subject to a ticket for $235.

The Fire Code amendment comes into effect on March 1, 2006. After that date, fire departments will be enforcing the regulation in communities throughout Ontario.

For further information about smoke alarms, please contact the Fire Department.

A new Open Air Burning By-law (# 13-09-648) was passed in Sept, 2013.  All persons setting or maintaining an open air fire within the Township of Whitewater Region must first obtain a Fire Permit from a municipal fire warden or at the Municipal Office. 

Fire Permits are available FREE of charge. 

 

A schedule of Penalties and Fines is ATTACHED HERE

 

No fire shall be ignited before 6pm and it must be extinguished before 8am.  During the winter months from December to March of each year, daytime burning may be allowed only with a permit.

Those persons living in the areas outlined in Schedule A (see below) are not permitted open air burning at any time – see Recreational Burning for these areas.

Fire Permits are valid for a period of 14 days from the date of issue and may be renewed by contacting the Municipal Office unless a fire ban is in place.  This does not apply to campfires on property zoned Tourism Commercial.

 

 

A person who has obtained a fire permit shall:

    • Only burn grass, weeds, wood or material that is composed of wood by-products or any other specifically approved material.
    • Not ignite or maintain a fire within 60 metres of a structure.
    • Not ignite or maintain multiple fires or fires greater than 2 metres in diameter and greater than 2 metres in height – in the case of burning grass, the area to be burned should be less than 1 hectare and the length of the flaming edge should be less than 30 metres.
    • Ensure that the means of extinguishing the fire specified on the permit are available at the site at all times during the fire.
    • Keep the permit on his/her possession at all times during the burn.
    • Be in attendance at the burn site to monitor and tend the fire until it is extinguished.

 

RECREATIONAL BURNING – NO PERMIT REQUIRED

Recreation Burning is the only type of burning permitted in the areas outlined in Schedule A (see below).  Any person or persons may ignite and maintain a small recreational fire in an appliance or pit, without a permit, subject to the following conditions:

  • Burning is contained within a commercial, non-combustible or fabricated appliance that is CSA or ULC approved and designed for recreational fires or in a fire pit that is 2 feet by 2 feet with a flame no higher than 3 feet.
  • No material other than commercially produced charcoal, briquettes or clean, dry seasoned wood may be burned.
  • Dimension of fuel being burned shall not be greater than the size of the appliance or fire pit.
  • Fire appliance confined to a location that provides for a minimum distance of 10 metres from adjacent properties and from combustible structures or objects.
  • No tarps shall be erected above any fire.
  • Ensure that the means of extinguishing the fire is available at the site at all times during the fire.
  • Be monitored and tended until it is extinguished.

 

FIRE BAN

  • NO burning is allowed in any region of the Township when a fire ban is enacted.  This includes burn barrels, recreational burning and open air burning.
  • To find out if a fire ban in enacted you can:
  • Contact the Municipal Office at (613) 646-2282
  • Visit the WWR News page on the Township’s website – www.whitewaterregion.ca

 

HOME INCINERATORS – BURN BARRELS

  • No person shall ignite or maintain a home incinerator anywhere within the Township of Whitewater Region.
  • No persons shall ignite or maintain a burn barrel within the hamlets/villages of Beachburg, Cobden, Foresters Falls, Westmeath, Lapasse, Haley Station and Haley Townsite.  See Schedule A below for restricted open air burning areas.
  • A fire permit is NOT required for barrel burning.

 

OPEN AIR BURNING ON WINDY DAYS

No open air fire shall be permitted when the wind is in such a direction or intensity so as to cause any or all of the following:

  • a decrease in visibility on any highway or roadway;
  • a rapid spread of fire through grass or brush area;
  • a rapid spread of fire to any building structures;
  • the possible spread of the fire beyond the approved burn area;
  • any odour or smoke to such an extent so as to cause discomfort to the persons in the immediate area;
  • any other dangerous conditions exist.

 

OPEN AIR BURNING OF VEGETATION – FARMING PURPOSES

A farmer who intends to set or maintain a fire in the open air on a specified day, for the disposal of vegetable matter or vegetation on farm lands which is normal and incidental for farming purposes, is required to notify the Fire Department for each day of the proposed fire and a fire permit will be issued to cover the specified period.

 

CONTRAVENTION OF BY-LAW

Any person who contravenes any provision of By-Law 13-07-642 is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine as provided for in the Provincial Offences Act.

  FIRE WARDENS
  • Joey Trimm
  • Daryl McLaughlin
  • Vincent Gervais
  • Allen Dick
   
See Bylaw - 15-04-781 appointment of Fence Viewers, Fire Wardens etc.

CLICK HERE  - BYLAW 13-09-648

 

CLICK HERE – SCHEDULE A – RESTRICTED BURNING AREAS

 

CLICK HERE for a copy of a FIRE PERMIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT

The Township of Whitewater Region has three lines of defense that includes fire prevention & public education, code enforcement and emergency response.

One section under code enforcement involves burning by-laws & permits. This involves the education of municipal office staff and fire wardens that issue fire permits, enforcing the open air burning by-law and establishing a fine schedule and restricted fire zone areas in Whitewater Region as deemed necessary.

The Fire Code is another section of code enforcement. This involves certain businesses being reviewed annually and building plan examinations of any new or modified buildings as identified by the Chief Building Official. It also includes residential code enforcement inspections upon the receipt of a complaint or request. Smoke alarms also fall under this section with a heavy emphasis on smoke alarm prevention & education and enforcement being a last resort.