Huron Shores Fire Department

The Huron Shores Fire Department is staffed by a dedicated crew of volunteer firefighters:

  • Jim Kent, Fire Chief
  • Jordan Medve, Station 1 Deputy Chief
  • Scott Richards, Station 2 Deputy Chief
  • Henk VanDelft, Fire Prevention Officer

We encourage all residents to join our team, and submit an Application Form today. For youths (16-17 years of age), interested in the Firefighter Cadet Program, please review the program outline. and submit a Release From Liability Form. All forms can be submitted to the Municipal Office or the Huron Shores Fire Department Office located at 69 Little Rapids Road, Thessalon, ON.   

The Huron Shores Fire Department operates from two (2) Fire Stations:

  • Station 1 located at 69 Little Rapids Road, Thessalon, ON
  • Station 2 located at 10 John Street, Iron Bridge, ON

Open Air Burning By-law: By-law #21-50

Open air burning requires the purchase of an annual permit at a cost of $5.00 (permit is not required for a campfire). The permittee is to call the Municipal Office at (705) 843-2033 during regular office hours to advise of his/her intention to burn. To learn more about the Open Air Burning regulations, Fire Bans, and the penalties for infraction of the By-law, please click on the links below:


Smoke Alarms Are Required in Homes

The top 6 causes of home fires include:

  • Smoking
  • Cooking
  • Matches/Lighters
  • Candles
  • Heating Appliances
  • Electrical

The Huron Shores Fire Department would like to remind you that it is important test your fire alarms on a regular basis, and to change the batteries in your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Alarms don’t last forever, it is recommended you replace your smoke alarm every 10 years. Smoke detectors, Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors and combination units are available for purchase at the Municipal Office. If you have any questions or require assistance with the installation of your alarms, please contact the Municipal Office at (705) 843-2033 and a member of the Huron Shores Fire Department will be glad to assist you, and answer any questions you may have.


Carbon Monoxide Alarms Are Required in Homes

It’s the law in Ontario to have carbon monoxide (CO) alarms installed in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage. If your home has either, a working CO alarm must be installed outside all sleeping areas of the home; for added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home. Please see https://www.oafc.on.ca/carbon-monoxide for more information.

What is CO?
  • CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
  • CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.
Prevent CO in your home:
  • Ensure all fuel-burning appliances in your home are inspected annually.
  • Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
  • Never use a portable fuel-burning appliance inside (i.e. barbeques, portable heaters and generators).
Know the symptoms of CO:
  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.
Know the sound of your CO alarm:
  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

For more CO safety tips, please visit ontario.ca/firemarshal and COsafety.ca or view the Ontario CO Alarm Law Homeowners Guide. 


REVIEW YOUR FIRE ESCAPE PLAN!

The Canada Safety Council recommends these steps to prepare for a family fire drill:

  • Draw a floor plan of your house
  • Mark two ways out of each room
  • Establish a meeting place outside the house
  • Be sure each family member has the plan and knows the escape route
  • Post your fire escape plan on the fridge or family bulletin board
  • Hold a fire drill for your family once or twice a year. Vary the drills, to practice escaping from different fire sources

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