Fire and Emergency Management
In an Emergency: 9-1-1 is a simple emergency telephone number which makes it easier and faster for you to reach police, fire and ambulance when you require immediate assistance. You can dial 9-1-1 from a home, cellular or payphone in Ontario, all at no charge. When calls are made from home or payphones, the civic address of the 9-1-1 call is displayed on the dispatcher’s computer screen but when a call is made from a cellular phone, you must always provide your location. It is important that you use the 9-1-1 system only for immediate, life-threatening emergencies. If you dial 9-1-1 by accident, do NOT hang up.
Getting to the scene: There are a lot of roads in this municipality, maintained at various standards at different times of the year, including private roads with gated entrances. Please be reminded that response times will be affected by call volume, location and weather conditions. As a preventative measure, always keep clear access to your home including driveways, stairs and walkways to allow emergency crews to get to you as quickly and safely as they can. It could be our volunteer first response crew that provides medical assistance to the ambulance service as part of a tiered emergency response system.
Volunteers have a flashing green light that they display in the window of their vehicles en route to the firehall or accident scene. Pay attention and if you see these lights, pull over immediately because our scenic roads don’t offer many long stretches for easy passing.
Volunteer Fire Department: Dysart et al Fire Chief Mike Iles is the Community Emergency Management Coordinator for Dysart et al. Under his direction are Deputy Chief Dan Chumbley Captains Murray Miscio, Miles Maughan, Rod Consack and Stacey Parish, several other volunteer fire fighters and a part time dispatcher. At this point in time, our volunteer crew consists of Julian Barry, Paul Bellefleur, Mike Billings, Justine Bourgeois, Jon Consack, Steve Coumbs, Gord Divell, Mike Fearrey, Randy Friesen, Bill Frost, Jonathon Hockey, Chris Iles, Jeremy Manning, Peter McTeague, Ed Muenzel, Andrew Murray, Matt Rae, Kevin Sicard, Charles Slade, Mike Thaler, Ryan Vanlieshout, Gord Woodman and Jamie Woodman (dispatch).
Our dedicated firefighters spend every Monday night and many other hours training to keep up to date on the latest and best methods of fire fighting. They also provide a great deal in terms of fire prevention work and education through the media and the school system. The volunteer fire association regularly hosts fundraisers with the goal of purchasing new fire related equipment. You will see many of our volunteer team out at golf tournaments, car washes, making Beef on a Bun at various community events, at Poker Runs and more.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Our volunteers perform annual inspections of local homes, cottages and businesses in an effort to ensure that every home is protected with working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Install CO and smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas and according to manufacturers instructions. Don’t place them near windows or vents, bathrooms or heating or fuel burning appliances. Test once a month by pushing the ‘test’ button and replace batteries annually.
NOTE: CO and smoke alarms have an expiry date and MUST be replaced according to manufactures instructions (typically 7 to 10 years).
Burning Regulations In Effect April 1 to October 31
*No burning between two (2) hours after sunrise and two (2) hours before sunset
*Fires must be attended at all times by a competent person with adequate equipment to extinguish fire (this person responsible for any damages)
*Fire must be away from combustible material by at least three (3) meters and must not exceed two (2) meters in height.
Fees and Charges: This year Burning Permits have been increased to $60.00. Other fees and charges are outlined on the sidebar.
Forest Fire Danger Rating: For Forest Fire Danger rating call Toll free 1-877-847-1577. The Forest Fire Danger Rating is determined using the Forest Weather Index (FWI), an internationally used method for determining the risk of fires in open air. It uses factors such as the relative humidity, temperature, previous 24 hour rain amount, wind direction and wind speed in combination with the forest fuel type and loads to determine the risk of the forest to certain fire types.
Emergency Planning: The Fire Chief is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Municipality and coordinates with the other Municipal Fire Departments in the County. The Department works with Council and Emergency Management Ontario to ensure that emergency plans are up to date and that training, including table top exercises are done regularly with staff and Council to ensure readiness in the event of a real emergency. If an emergency is declared, notification will be provided through the local radio and corporate website, facebook and twitter accounts. We also have an online communication system that is designed to answer and respond to multiple queries from residents during an emergency . Residents are urged to keep a 72 hour supply of emergency items in stock at all times, including food, water and medications. Please refer to the sidebar for further information on essential items to keep on hand.
Fire Department History: In 1956, Tom Chambers, the Chief of the Fire Brigade died in a fire at the Bank of Montreal on Highland Street. (A plaque in his memory was placed on the wall in the Village Square in 2015). Following this tragedy, a new department was formed under the leadership of Sid Roberts. Medical calls, responded to in a station wagon, were part of the service until 1968 when they became their own entity.
With Joe Iles in the role of Chief, a new pumper was purchased for $26,000 in 1972. It was at this time that a new hall was started behind the arena to replace the fire hall that was located under the town hall at the corner of Maple Avenue and Mountain Street.
Fire Chief Howard Roberts took over in 1976 through until 1985 when Mike Stinson picked up the reins. At that time, Haliburton housed a van that the County had just purchased for extrication. A year later, a major fire burnt the Stedman’s store on Highland Street and spread to the hardware store and Pollards clothing store and the real estate office. After that fire, two new pumpers were purchased and the Fire Hall was expanded. 1989 Lloyd Baker (Buck) was appointed Chief for a brief period until 1991 when Chief Miles Maughan took over until 2016. Presently, Chief Mike Iles leads the Volunteer Fire Department. Lots of changes over the years, with the biggest being that it now costs close to half a million dollars to replace a fire truck.