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To prevent a tragic fire in Chisholm Township, Fire Chief Matt Plant is urging residents to ensure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of their homes.  “Every home is required by law to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.  These can be hard-wired or battery-operated depending on when your home was built. Both types are required to meet the same standard for smoke alarms, and both are equally effective and acceptable under the Ontario Fire Code.  If you do not have a smoke alarm on every storey of your home, it is vital that you install them as soon as possible.”  

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The Fire Department consists of qualified, trained volunteer firefighters.  Their individual time and effort is the reason for the efficiency of the entire unit.  The Fire Department, which is located adjacent to the Township Office, operates through various donations from the community, fundraising events and a budget approved by Council.  The organization is committed to helping with fire protection or other emergencies.

The Chisholm volunteer Fire Department is always looking for new members.  Applicants must be at least nineteen (19) years of age and be able to pass a Criminal Record Check.
It is recommended to attend at least one meeting prior to applying.  The Fire Department meets every week, on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Hall located at 2847 Chiswick Line.  If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact the office to obtain an application form.
Burning Permits

According to By-law 2012-29, (copy at bottom of page),being a by-law to establish Open Air Burning Procedures in the Township of Chisholm and the precautions to be observed, all persons setting an open air fire in the Township of Chisholm between the 1st day of April and the 31st day of October shall first obtain a fire permit.  The material to be burned shall be limited to grass and wood or by-products of wood. Any burning from November 1st to March 31, does not require a permit and is not restricted by any times of the day.
A fire permit is also required for incinerator fires but new this year, the Fire Department will making random inspections of these incinerators.  At the bottom of this page you will find a document entitled "How to Build a Safe Incinerator".
Permits for brush burning and or land clearing are given out for four days at a time, whereas a permit for incinerator is good for the season unless there is a fire ban.  No burning is permitted between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Permits can be obtained through the Township Office or from the following members of the Volunteer Fire Department: 
Ray Ford ,1724 Chiswick Line,  705-724-1793;
Matt Plant, 1572 Pioneer Rd., 705-724-6535;
Mike Palmieri, 607 River Rd., 705-752-5966; and
Leo Jobin, 1417 Maple Rd., 705-724-5841;
Walter Ross, 2255 Village Rd., 705-499-4782;
Sam Yoder, 1933 Memorial Park Dr., 705-724-6771;
Chisholm Country Market & Feed, 1497 Alderdale Rd., 705-724-1497

The Township has also passed a by-law to regulate the setting off of fireworks. You may want to read it before setting off fireworks. You'll find it at the bottom of this page.

Practice Home Fire Escape Planning

(Chisholm Township Fire Department - is urging families in Chisholm Township to practise their home fire escape plan.  Last year, 101 people died in fires across the province, a stark reminder that everyone in your household must know exactly what to do if a fire occurs.

Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:

·    Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside sleeping areas. It’s the law. For best protection, install smoke alarms in   every bedroom.

·    Develop a home fire escape plan and discuss it with the entire family.

·    Show everyone two ways out of each room, if possible.

·    Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use.

·   Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone else that may need assistance.

·    Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.

·    If caught in smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.

·    Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s home.

·    Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.

You may have only seconds to safely escape your home. Practice your home fire escape plan and make sure everyone can get out quickly.

Chisholm Township Fire Department,

Fire Chief, Ray Ford 

Emergency Preparedness Week May 1st – 7th.

The focus for the provincial campaign is on diverse groups, which includes people with disabilities and special needs, seniors and pets. Our EP Week theme this year is “Is Your Family Prepared?”  Please cut out and keep the following as a guide should an emergency occur in our Township.

Family Emergency Survival Kit:

An emergency survival kit contains all the basic items you and your family need to remain comfortable for at least 72 hours. Keep your kit in an easy to carry bag and check the contents twice each year to ensure the freshness of your food and water. It is important to customize your safety kit to meet your family needs. Include medical, disability, and special needs. For more information on disability and special needs emergency kits please visit www.ontario.ca/beprepared

  • Non-perishable food  
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water (4L per person, per day)
  • Flashlight with batteries or crank flashlight
  • Radio with batteries or crank radio
  • Candles and matches or lighter
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toilet paper and other personal items
  • Extra keys and cash
  • Important papers (identification, insurance)
  • Playing cards.
Pet Emergency Survival Kit:

If you have pets at home, include them in your family emergency plan. Build a pet emergency survival kit and keep it with your family kit. The contents of the kit will vary for different kinds of animal.

  • Food and water, bowls, manual can opener and bags
  • Up to date ID tag (micro-chipping)
  • Current photo of you and your pet in case you get separated
  • Emergency contact list of pet friendly hotels/motels outside your area, friends, relatives, and your veterinary.
  • Copies of medical records, proof of vaccinations
  • Information on feeding schedule, medical or behavioural problems
  • Medications and first aid kit, bedding material, toy and brush
  • Leash, collar harness, muzzle(dog)
  • Litter/pan and scooper, scoop bags
  • Carrier large enough to transport and house your pet.

If safety permits, pets should not be left behind in an evacuation. Make arrangements to take your pet to an animal-friendly place a you may not be able to take your pet with you to an evacuation shelter.

For more information on pet and emergencies, visit www.ontario.ca/beprepared or http://ontariospca.ca

Cottage Fire Safety Tips
To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, the Office of the Fire Marshal recommends some cottage fire safety tips; check out the following site for the list:


Cottage Fire Safety Tips



By-Law 2012-29 Open Burning
File: bylaw-open burning.pdf

By-Law 2012-30 Fireworks
File: bylaw-fireworks.pdf

How to Build a Safe Incinerator
File: Incinerator.pdf

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