The Mississippi Mills Fire Department consists of 48 highly trained volunteer firefighters.  Administration consists of a Fire Chief, Deputy Chief and an Administration Assistant to the Fire Chief.

There are 2 fire stations located in Mississippi Mills:

  • Almonte station located at 478 Almonte St
  • Pakenham station located at 106 Jeanie St.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK- October 4-10, 2020

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department is urging everyone in Mississippi Mills to take some simple steps to prevent kitchen fires in their home. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 4-10, is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™”

The theme is very timely as cooking fires continue to be the leading cause of home fires in Ontario. It focuses on the prevention of cooking fires and staying fire safe in the kitchen.

Simple steps to serve up fire safety in the kitchen include:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking and turn off the stove if you must leave the kitchen.
  • Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot of oil catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot. Never throw water on a burning pot.
  • Keep anything that burns - plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels - a safe distance from the stove.
  • Cook responsibly. To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You will not be alert if you have consumed alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove. Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire.
  • Keep young kids one metre away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge so they can’t be easily knocked off.
  • If you burn yourself while cooking, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes. If the burn is severe, seek medical attention.

QUOTES

“Responsible cooking includes constant supervision and the ability to act quickly when something goes wrong.  Protect yourself and your family from fire by always being alert and stay in the kitchen while cooking.  Cooking fires are a primary source of residential fires. Residents often tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. But that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. Help keep our community safe by preventing fires from starting in the kitchen.”

— Fire Chief Chad Brown

For more information, please contact the Mississippi Mills Fire Department at 613-256-1589

Green Lights

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department are reminding residents and motorists that vehicles with green flashing lights are being driven by volunteer firefighters who are responding to an emergency.  We are requesting drivers to please yield the right of way to these vehicles as a courtesy. This may mean pulling over when safe to do so, and allow the emergency responder’s personal vehicle to pass.

Burn Permits 

For more information on open burning and how to obtain a fire permits please go to our Burn Permits page. 

Smoke Alarms 

All residential homes are required to have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas. Newer homes may have strobe lights and additional alarms in the bedrooms.  The Fire Code requires alarms to be maintained and in working order.  Only working alarms can safe lives!  Here are a few safety tips:

  • Removal of alarms and alarms that are not operational is an offence.
  • Never replace hard-wired alarms with battery powered replacements.  This will reduce the level of safety in your home and may delay early notification of a fire in other areas of your home.  It is also a violation to reduce the level of alarm protection in your home!
  • Replace alarms after 10 years.  Most alarms are equipped with a date stamp and end of life signal.  Beeping alarms may indicate the end of life and alarms that do not have a date stamp are likely older than 10 years.
  • Landlords are responsible for alarms and are recommended to keep a written log to confirm alarm installation and maintenance.  Tenants are responsible to notify landlords of defective alarms and are recommended to put the notification in writing. 

Carbon Monoxide Alarms 

Carbon Monoxide Alarms are required in all homes that use fossil fuels or have an attached garage.  Carbon monoxide alarms are required outside sleeping areas in residential homes when required. Since carbon monoxide is odorless, it isn't always apparent when you're inhaling dangerous amounts. Fatigue, headaches and flu-like symptoms are some effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Alarms placed close to the bedroom will ensure occupants receive early notification and avoid the effects of carbon monoxide.

Multi-residential buildings equipped with service (boiler) rooms require alarms in the service room and in all residential units that share a direct partition (walls, floor and ceiling) with the service room.  Any residential units that share a partition with an indoor garage (including underground parking) will also require carbon monoxide alarms.

Questions regarding alarms may be directed to the Fire Department Administration by calling (613) 256-1589 or by Fire Administration

Fire Prevention

The Mississippi Mills Fire Prevention Division meets the day-to-day challenges of providing fire safety inspection services, building plan reviews, building retrofit, fire code compliance and complaint inspections across the municipality.

Fire Prevention Inspectors are committed to ensuring the safety of the public as their primary focus and reducing the potential of fire in the built environment. The work carried out by our fire inspection staff is vital in ensuring compliance with the Ontario Fire Codes and Ontario Building.

Inquiries for fire safety and to arrange an inspection, please call (613) 256-1589 ext. 2 to speak with a Fire Prevention Officer. 

Inspections 

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department (MMFD) conducts fire safety inspections of properties on a request and complaint basis unless otherwise specified in the Fire Code.

The Ontario Fire Code specifies that owners are responsible for compliance with applicable requirements.  Compliance with the code may limit property damage when the necessary early detection and fire protection systems operate as designed.

MMFD is committed to working with owners when seeking compliance with the fire code.  Our desired outcome is compliance and fire and life safety. 

Inspections may be arranged by calling the fire department at (613) 256-1589 or by Fire Administration

Fire Reports 

The fire department generates reports and documents when providing emergency response or attends properties to assess code compliance.  Anyone may request information from the Municipality. The Municipality makes every effort to provide information without the need to make a formal request under MFIPPA. However, when an individual requests information about another person, or the information contains details regarding a third party, a formal request is necessary.

All requests for incident reports must be made through the Clerks Office.  Information requests may be arranged by calling the Clerk’s Office at (613) 256-2064 x0 or by emailing