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The Mississippi Mills Fire Department consists of 47 highly trained volunteers under the direction of a full time Fire Chief. There are 2 fire stations in the Municipality, one in Almonte (478 Almonte St.) and one in Pakenham (106 Jeanie St.).

Contact:

Trish Petrie, Administrative Assistant

613-256-1589 ext 4

fireadmin@mississippimills.ca


**FIRE BAND LIFTED**  August 5, 2020

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department has lifted the fire ban  effective immediately.

Residents are reminded that they must have an active 2020 burn permit before any type of burning and that they must call to activate their Burn Permit before each burn activity.  Permit activation must be completed by calling the Burn Permit Line at (613) 706-4004

**REMINDER** July 23, 2020

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department is reminding residents that the municipality remains under a total fire ban.  Several weeks of extreme heat combined with low precipitation have contributed to dry conditions across the area.  The local fire risk level will remain in the high-risk range until the dry conditions improve.  Recent precipitation levels differ across the municipality, but all areas are determined to be in the high-risk range.

The fire department continues to monitor the dry conditions.  Residents may call the burn permit number at (613) 706-4004 or visit the website at mm.burnpermits.com to review the current status of the burn ban.


**BURN BAN IN EFFECT** July 9, 2020

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department (MMFD) is restricting all burning in the municipality. 

Effective immediately, there is a complete burn ban in effect.

The burn ban restricts all fires including campfires and the use of burn barrels, or chimeneas as well as the burning of brush piles and yard waste.  Cooking devices that are designed to cook food with wood pellets or charcoal, such as smokers or grills, are permitted for use.  Any cooking devices, outdoor fireplaces and fuel fired appliances that use propane or natural gas are also exempt from the burn ban.

All burn permits have been placed under restriction and the electronic system will not permit anyone to activate their permit for burning.

The restriction is due to the following:

  • Drought conditions have caused extremely dry conditions that will permit the rapid spread of fire:
  • The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has determined that current water levels are low which limits fire department access to non-traditional locations to access water; and
  • Severe heat conditions may limit the fire departments ability to provide services and exposes firefighters to increased health risks including heat stroke and fatigue.

The burn ban will remain in effect until MMFD has determined that the fire risk level is acceptable.

Any questions regarding the burn ban or the status of a burn permit may be directed to MMFD by calling (613) 256-1589.


FIRE SEASON HAS BEGUN

Please be advised that as per Open Air Fire By-law 17-35, holders of valid fire permits may not burn brush, drum and windrow fires between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1st to October 31st, 2020. Please check our website or call 613-706-4004 before burning to ensure there is no burn ban in place. Permits may be obtained
free of charge online at mm.burnpermits.com, at the Municipal Office (3131 Old Perth Rd.) or at the Almonte Fire Station (478 Almonte St.). 
Read the by-law carefully to ensure that you understand specific
restrictions to open air burning before you burn.

Open Air Burning By-Law 17-35 (repeals By-law 11-61)
Open Air Burning Pamphlet
mm.burnpermits.com

Burn Permits

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department reminds all residents that they must have an active 2020 burn permit before any type of burning, including; campfires, burn barrels, chimeneas and brush piles.  No burning is permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1st to October 31st, 2020.

Open-Air Fire By-law 17-35 prohibits burning within the Development Boundaries of the Town of Almonte and the Village of Pakenham.  The automated burn permit system will not issue a permit to those who reside in the Development Boundaries.  Enforcement and cost recovery actions may be taken when burning occurs in these areas.

Eligible residents may obtain a FREE Burn Permit electronically by going online at mm.burnpermits.com, or by calling the Municipal Office or the Fire Department during business hours.  Residents are required to obtain a single permit that is active for one calendar year.  Permit holders must call to activate their Burn Permit before each burn activity.  Permit activation must be completed by calling the Burn Permit Line at (613) 706-4004

If you are having difficulty activating your permit, ensure your Permit is valid for 2020.

Read the by-law carefully to ensure that you understand specific restrictions to open air burning before you burn.

Open Air Burning By-Law 17-35 (repeals By-law 11-61)

Open Air Burning Pamphlet

mm.burnpermits.com


Green Lights

Volunteer firefighters use green flashing lights when responding to a call. Please be courteous and give them the right of way.


Public Education

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department periodically issues information about fire safety. Click below to see previously posted information:

Holiday Safety

Winter Heating Safety

Time to Change Alarm Batteries

Spring Into Fire Safety

BBQ Safety


Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms - it's the law!

It is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.

Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $360 or a fine up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations. Smoke alarms are critical safety devices that have been in existence for over 30 years; however, Ontarians still continue to die in homes without working smoke alarms. Ensuring homeowners, landlords and tenants of residential occupancies are aware of their responsibilities and comply with the smoke alarm requirements will significantly increase public safety in Ontario.


Fire Prevention

The damage caused by fire to your property and yourself is greatly reduced by ensuring that your home or building has the required fire protection systems and safety features. To protect the community, the Mississippi Mills Fire Department provides information, services and programs dedicated to fire prevention.

Inspections

Inspections of properties must be done, or arranged for, when:

  • a complaint is received regarding the fire safety of a property
  • a request is made to assist a property owner or occupant to comply with the Fire Code and the involvement of the Chief Fire Official is required by the Ontario Fire Code

Any inspection conducted must include notification of the property owner or responsible person and appropriate follow-up with enforcement, if necessary. A Fire Code inspection can be initiated by making a formal request or by a Fire Prevention Officer. During the inspection, the property owner will be shown the violations to the fire code, if any, and directed to correct these violations. A Fire Safety Inspection Report, Inspection Order, or other written recommendations will be provided to detail daily, weekly, monthly, and annual fire provisions and equipment maintenance requirements. The Fire Department and property owner can also work effectively together to resolve any compliance issue.


Fire Reports

Fire Department generated reports are used to accurately record the actions of Fire Department personnel, related agencies, and civilians involved or near an incident or event attended by the Fire Department.

Fire report requests can be made in writing with proof of permission from the property owner. Send requests by mail or email.


Make Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety a Part of your Cottage Opening Ritual

You may have less than One Minute to escape a burning building.  It is critical to prepare and practise an escape plan, as well as being aware of the requirements for maintaining and replacing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Follow these 5 steps to protect your family and guest from fire and carbon monoxide danger:

  1. On Day One of cottage season, prepare and practice a fire escape ensuring wherever possible to have two ways out.
  2. Check age of all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.  Replace smoke alarms over 10 years and CO alarms over 7 years depending on the manufacturer.  This applies to plug-in, hardwired or battery powered alarms.
  3. Install fresh batteries in all alarms.
  4. The same Ontario law applies in cottages as in permanent homes - working smoke alarms are required on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.
  5. Cottages with fireplaces or fuel-burning appliances of any kind should have a carbon monoxide alarm.

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