Fire protection in the Township of Rideau Lakes is provided by 4 fire stations, 16 fire vehicles, 2 boats, 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.
Fire Chief -
Township of Rideau Lakes
1439 County Road 8, Delta, Ontario K0E 1G0
Tel: 613-928-2251 ext.237 or 1-800-928-2250 ext.237
Station locations and areas of coverage are:
18 King Street Delta, Ontario, K0E 1G0
Coverage area - the former township of Bastard, now part of the Ward of Bastard and South Burgess.
20 Colborne Street
Portland, Ontario. K0G 1V0
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.
32 Halladay Street
Elgin, Ontario. K0G 1E0
Coverage Area: Ward of South Crosby
31 Spring Street
Westport, Ontario. K0G 1X0
Coverage Area: Wards of North Crosby and Newboro
Smiths Falls: Automatic Aid Emergency Response Only
Area: South Elmsley Ward, North of Otter Lake
For more information or to answer any questions, please contact the Fire Service through the Municipal Office (contact information at bottom of page).
Smoke Alarms - It's The Law!
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. 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. For more information see the Fire Alarm News Page.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms - It's The Law!
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. Also 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.
The Ontario Fire Code prohibits open burning unless approved by the Chief Fire Official. Township By-Law #2007-84 allows for such approved open burning through a permit process. Any unauthorized burning may result in a fine pursuant to the Ontario Fire Code, and the Provincial Offences Act.
Your Fire Department is available for fire prevention and public education presentations to various groups, clubs and associations. Please take advantage of this service.
Civic 911 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. Signs are available from the township. These signs are reflective and easily seen day or night. To order your civic address complete the 911 Civic Number Application form and submit to the Township office with the required fee.
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. To view details of the plan please see the Emergency Response Plan page.
Fire Protection Guidelines for Private Road Construction