Fire Department

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Purpose: To provide emergency services, fire protection and public education as determined as necessary in accordance with needs and circumstances.

Functions: Emergency response including firefighting, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials, medical assistance.  Fire protection – public education, Fire administration, Fire investigation

The Following Information has been made available to assist the residents of the Township of McKellar:

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Congratulations to the Fire Department and its Volunteers on receiving the Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation.  Residents are advised to contact your insurer to inquire regarding a rate reduction.

Volunteers Needed!

The McKellar Volunteer Fire Department would like to have you as a Volunteer!  If you are interested please contact Fire Chief Ed Bier at 705-389-9597 or apply by fax at 705-389-9633.

How to Make a Donation

The McKellar Volunteer Fire Department would be pleased to accept donations.  Please make cheques payable to the “McKellar Firefighters Association” and drop off at the Township Office 701 Hwy #124 or mail to PO Box 69, McKellar, ON P0G 1C0 and please request if a receipt is required for income tax purposes.

Thank you for your support!

Locations of Fire Stations

The Township of McKellar Fire Department Chief’s Office is located at 676 Hwy #124 and there are two fire halls which provide 24 hours a day emergency protection services by a team of dedicated volunteer firefighters.

The halls are located at:

Station #1 – 3 Sharon Park Drive
Station #2 – 710 Hurdville RoadFor Police, Ambulance and Fire emergencies call 9-1-1
For non-emergency calls (705) 389-9597 or (705) 389-2842 during business hours

Emergency Calls

Emergency Calls (1.4 MB)

For Police, Ambulance and Fire emergencies call 9-1-1For non-emergency calls (705) 389-9597 or (705) 389-2842 during business hours.For emergencies you will be asked:

  • What is the emergency?
  • Where is the emergency? The Civic address, street name as well as any intersections or landmarks.
  • Who needs the help? Age and medical history would be helpful.
  • Is anyone trapped?
  • Is anyone still in the building?

Try to remain calm and speak slowly and clearly. You may be asked additional questions so the dispatcher can send the right kind of help. Wait for the the dispatcher to hang up before you do.

Before the Fire Department arrives:

  • Assure everyone that help is on the way.
  • Keep the phone line clear after the 9-1-1 call has been made.
  • Direct someone to wait outside to meet the firefighters and lead the way.
  • Wave a flashlight or turn on flashers of a car or porch light if it is dark.
  • Secure pets in a separate area.
  • Have a visible civic address number, easily readable from the street.
  • In case of fire or cabon monoxide alarm, exit the building and immediately await arrival of the Fire Department.

Distance to Fire Halls

Table of Approximate Distances to Fire Halls

  • Station #1 to Broadbent 17 kilometers
  • Station #1 to Balsam Rd 1 kilometer
  • Station #1 to Taits Island Rd 1.3 kilometers
  • Station #1 to McKellar Boundary 3.5 kilometers
  • Station #1 to Deerfield Road 4.0 kilometers
  • Station #1 to McKellar Lake Rd 1.3 kilometers
  • Station #1 to Lakeside Drive 4.3 kilometers
  • Station #1 to Camp Rd 5.3 kilometers
  • Station #1 to Lees Road 6.0 kilometers
  • Station #2 to Broadbent 6.4 kilometers
  • Station #2 to McKellar 14.7 kilometers
  • Station #2 to Jones Road 1.9 kilometers
  • Station #2 to Burnett’s Road 1.0 kilometers
  • Station #2 to Taits Landing 3.4 kilometers
  • Station #2 to Sunnyshore Park Dr 5.5 kilometers
  • Station #2 to Holly’s Rd 7.3 kilometers

Updated March 12, 2009

HOME INCINERATOR TIPS

For Your Safety and Protection

Note: Fire Conditions Still Apply to Incinerators!

BURN IN A SAFE INCINERATOR Use

  • A Metal Barrel in good condition.
  • Heavy Duty Screen Mesh
    • with mesh size not greater than 5 mm.
  • Help Combustion and Clean Burning
    • Punch Holes and shove steel rods or pipes through the barrel. This will hold burning material up and give a clean fast burn.
  • Ground Cleared
    • and maintained at least 2 metres around the incinerator of all material that could cause your fire to escape. More clearance may be required.
  • Draft Holes
    • near the bottom not larger than 2.5 cm in diameter.
  • Screen
    • Hinged and Weighted to prevent from falling or blowing off your incinerator.

Smoke Alarms…Its the Law!

Under the Ontario Fire Code, every homeowner in Ontario is required to have smoke alarms installed between sleeping and living areas on every floor and ensure they are in working order.  In rental accommodation, the landlord must install, maintain and provide smoke alarm maintenance information to the tenant.  It is an offense to disable a smoke alarm!  The smoke alarm should be tested regularly.  Remember to check batteries and vacum out dust.  Batteries should be changed every spring and fall when you adjust your clocks for daylight savings time.Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years or if they malfunction in any way.

Attention McKellar Township Residents:

A program is in effect to provide, relocate or check smoke alarms in your residence by members of the Fire Department.  For more information call 389-9597 to leave your name and telephone number.  A Fire Department member will return your call to answer your questions.

Fire Safety Tips

Section 2.6 Ontario Fire Code

The above section of the fire code deals with the maintenance of chimneys, flues, and flue pipes. Essentially the requirements state that chimneys be cleaned regularly and maintained in good working order. When cleaning your chimney, do not forget to clean out any horizontal smoke pipes. They are particularly prone to creosote and soot buildup which can cause dangerous chimney fires or carbon monoxide emissions.

The Most Common Causes of Home Fires

Cooking – Oil and grease cause the greatest major causes of fires and fastest spreading of any kind of fire.
Kitchen –  Do not leave cooking unattended. Do not wear loose clothing with long sleeves.
Wood Stove – Have your wood stove installed by a qualified installer. Clean chimney, flues and pipes regularly.
Living Room – Screen fire places. Check for embers or fallen cigarettes where smokers have been.
Bedroom – Never smoke in the bedroom.
Basement/Attic – Remove combustibles. Clean your furnace, chimney and flue connections as required.
Garage/Workshop – Properly cover flammable materials and keep clear of ignition sources. Keep your shop free of papers, wood shavings and oil rags as these are combustible.

Office of the Fire Marshall

For more information on Fire Safety please view the following site: Office of the Fire Marshall

Contact The Fire Department

The mailing address for the Township of McKellar Fire Department is:

Township of McKellar Fire Department
Fire Chief Ed Bier
PO Box 69
McKellar, ON   P0G 1C0

Tel:  (705) 389-9597
Fax: (705) 389-9633