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.

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Make The Mississippi Mills Fire Department's Holiday Wishes come True!

The Municipality of Mississippi Mills Fire Chief, Chad Brown has a holiday wish and he needs your help to make it come true.

“I’m wishing for a fire-free holiday season this year,” said Chief Brown. “But I need you to make this come true!”

While fire can happen anywhere, at anytime, it most often strikes when we let our guard down - when we’re distracted by the hustle and bustle of the holidays, by our cellphones, by the kids or by the doorbell. All it takes is for a pot to be left on the stove, or a candle left burning unattended, and a family’s holiday celebrations can turn to tragedy.

“Never leave a cooking pot unattended on the stove,” continued Chief Brown “and consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles.”

Smoking is another leading cause of fires during the holiday season. “Make sure smokers extinguish cigarettes in large deep ashtrays – not in plant pots which may contain peat moss or shredded bark that can easily ignite,” continued Chief Brown.  “Ashes should be emptied in a metal container – not the garbage can – and put outside.”

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department also reminds you to maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Install smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. CO alarms are required outside all bedrooms. Test your smoke and CO alarms every month and install new batteries if needed.

Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when something is cooking on the stove;
  • Place lit candles away from anything that can burn and out of the reach of children and pets where they can’t be knocked over. Remember to snuff out candles before leaving the room or going to bed. Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles;
  • Drink responsibly. Attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol is too often a contributing factor in fatal fires;
  • Make sure the base of real Christmas trees are immersed in water at all times, to prevent them from getting too dry;
  • Check all sets of decorative lights before putting them up and discard any sets that are damaged;
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan so that everyone in your home knows what to do if the smoke or CO alarms sound.

— 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