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.).


Stephanie Tuffin, Administrative Assistant

613-256-1589 ext 4

Burn Permits

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department reminds all residents that they must have an activated burn permit before burning.

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, at the Municipal Office (3131 Old Perth Rd.) or at the Almonte Fire Station (478 Almonte St.). You only need one permit per year, but you must activate it before each planned burn. For more information, please call the Mississippi Mills Fire Department at 613-256-1589.

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

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 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.