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​Message from the Fire Chief:

We exist to serve our 'customers.' We have a dedicated complement of volunteers who provide a variety of services to our residents and visitors and we strive to make our municipality a fire-safe place to live, work, and play.

We encourage feedback on all of the services we provide and I encourage all residents to contact me directly at tmintoff@tiny.ca to discuss any service delivery comments or concerns they may have.

In as much as my staff do everything possible to enhance public safety, we cannot do it alone. Typically, fire department response times in rural areas predicate that residents take responsibility for their, and their families' safety.

Having working smoke alarms on every storey and adjacent sleeping areas in residential dwelling units is required by law. Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms are also required outside all sleeping areas within a dwelling unit. A zero tolerance policy is currently in place regarding both the installation and maintenance of working smoke alarms, as required by the Ontario Fire Code.

Fines for failing to install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are a minimum of $360 per offence.

These life-saving devices are essential components to enhancing life safety and the value of a practiced home escape plan cannot be overstated.

We need to work hand-in-hand with our residents to create a community where no one is hurt by fire and we are always available to provide advice and guidance on any fire safety or emergency preparedness questions or concerns you may have. To this end, in 2015 we introduced our Home Fire Safety Audit Program. By simply calling us at 705-322-1161 we will send, free of charge, an audit team to your home to help identify any visible fire safety hazards and offer suggestions as to how to remedy them. We will also install both smoke or CO alarms to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code. We simply ask that you pay a greatly reduced price for the alarms installed, if you have the means to do so. Participation in this program provides the residents with Amnesty to our Zero tolerance policy as long as you are in compliance with both CO/Smoke regulations upon our departure from the residence. We ask that all residents of the Township of Tiny take advantage of this FREE program to ensure safety in their home/cottage.

Also in 2015, the Township's open burning by-law was amended to prohibit the burning of leaves, effective January 1, 2016. Failure to abide by this restriction may result in fines and/or charges for fire department attendance.

Working together, we can and will make the Township of Tiny a fire-safe community.


Administration

Insurance Questions?

Insurance asking about distances to our Fire Halls from your home/cottage?

Please use Google Maps (or similar program) to acquire distance to the closest responding station.

Addresses to our 5 Municipal Fire Stations are as follows:

Station #1 - Lafontaine, 384 rue Lafontaine Road West
Station #2 - Wyevale, 817 County Rd 6 South
Station #3 - North West Basin, 7 Toanche Trail
Station #4 - Wyebridge, 8186 Highway 93
Station #5 - Woodland Beach, 2020 Tiny Beaches Road South

Use our station address as your Departing location and your home/cottage address as your Destination.

Also, please note that The Township of Tiny Fire Department has a Tanker Shuttle Accredation, which can be submitted to your insurance company. This document COULD mean a discount to you for your home insurance. 

Contact our office directly at 705-322-1161 if you have any questions.

Operations (Suppression)

The Operations (Suppression) Division is comprised of 87 Firefighters and Officers (Volunteers) who respond to calls for assistance from five fire stations located throughout the Township.

They respond to a broad range of emergencies, including structure fires, motor vehicle collisions, entrapments/rescues, ice/water rescues, medical emergencies, hazardous materials responses, etc.

In 2016, our personnel responded to over 350 emergency calls for assistance.

Our emergency response fleet consists of five Pumpers, five Tankers, two light Rescues, one utility vehicle, and a Hovercraft.

This department also has achieved the Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation, which usually provides for discounted fire insurance rates for rural properties.

Tanker Acceditation letter

Fire Prevention (Fire Permits)

Fire Permit Information

New in 2016!! The burning of leaves is strictly prohibited

Fire permits can be purchased through the Township of Tiny Office, at 130 Balm Beach Road West, Perkinsfield  9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.) Monday - Friday.

They can also be purchased for $20.00 cash only at the 7 following locations:

1) Lafontaine SuperMarket, 345 rue Lafontaine Road West, Lafontaine
2) Wyevale Jug City, 870 County Road 6 South, Wyevale
3) Mailloux Jug City, 594 Champlain Road, North West Basin
4) LA Hills Esso Station, 2 Lafontaine Road East, Lafontaine
5) R&P Gas, 2236 County Road 92, Elmvale
6) Cawaja Pines General Store, 201 Tiny Beaches Road North, Perkinsfield (SEASONAL)
7) Sawlog Bay General Store, 1970 Champlain Road, North West Basin

You can also download a copy of the Fire Permit application and rules.

It is the applicant's responsibility to know if a Fire Ban is in effect.

For FIRE BAN INFORMATION contact the Township of Tiny office at 705-526-4204 extension 226 or check the Fire Hazard Index page.

REMEMBER IT'S ILLEGAL TO BURN WITHOUT A VALID FIRE PERMIT

Did you know?

  • That IF you wish to burn a pile that's larger than 1 meter in diameter or height that you require a special permit?
  • Burning in a 45 gallon drum or barrel also requires a Fire Permit, NO EXCEPTIONS

Chimneys

There have been several chimney fires recently in the municipality.

These fires can, and often do, spread to other areas of the residential structure and can result in total destruction of the building and its contents. It is imperative to the safety of the household that all wood burning appliances be installed and maintained in accordance with all applicable Codes and Standards. The Ontario Fire Code requires homeowners to ensure their appliances and chimneys are maintained in a safe operating condition through periodic inspections and maintenance.

Chimneys should be cleaned by a WETT (Wood Energy Technical Training) Certified chimneysweep on at least an annual basis, and more frequently if the appliance is used as a primary heat source. For specific information pertaining to wood heat safety, please contact Fire and Emergency Services at 705-322-1161.

Chimineas

The use of Chimineas or any other outdoor wood-burning fireplace requires a Fire Permit for use within the Township of Tiny.

Chimineas have become a popular item for backyard recreational enjoyment. Over the last few years they have been available through retail chain stores and home centres. The popularity of Chimineas is still growing and due to this popularity, it is more important than ever for consumers to be aware of how to safely use and care for this unique "firepot."

The quality of Chimineas currently available varies dramatically. At one end of the spectrum, there are the basic terra-cotta clay models, some of which are not baked or kiln dried. Many of these models are not painted or sealed to help protect the clay from the weather. At the other end of the spectrum are the El barro clay models, which typically have been fired and upon drying are painted and/or sealed.

Cast iron or aluminum Chimineas are considered a better product as they require lower maintenance and are more durable than other models. However, they retain more heat than the clay models, thus present a greater burn injury hazard.

Price does not dictate whether or not you have purchased the best or the worst model. However, regardless of what type of Chiminea you have, there is some maintenance involved.

Chimineas are for OUTDOOR USE ONLY, and should NEVER be burned indoors!

General Safety Tips:

Although most people are conscientious, there are a few "common sense" tips just to be on the safe side.

  1. Recommend that a fire extinguisher be available when burning in your Chiminea. A small 5 pound A.B.C. dry chemical extinguisher should do fine.
  2. Never leave your fire unattended.
  3. Do not touch the outside of the Chiminea while it is in use or immediately after use.
  4. Be aware of children and pets.
  5. Never use gasoline or other petroleum based accelerants to get the fire going.
  6. Do not extinguish your Chiminea fire with water.
  7. Positioning Your Chiminea:

    Be sure to find a level, immovable, non-combustible surface for which to set your Chiminea. It should be placed at least a minimum of 7m from combustibles such as a fence, deck, house/cottage, etc. Be sure there is nothing above your Chiminea, i.e. branches, awnings, umbrellas or anything else that could potentially catch on fire. Remember; do not put your Chiminea in a gazebo, or enclosed porch.

Insulate:

It is important to insulate the bowl of the Chiminea so the fire is not directly against the clay. Add sand or pea gravel to the bowl to approximately 10 centimetres below the lower lip of the mouth.

NEVER use lighter fluid or any other type of flame enhancing material. The clay can absorb the liquid.

Do Not Burn:

  1. Pressure treated wood (emits toxic gases when burned)
  2. Anything that will produce dense black smoke, i.e. plastics, rubber
  3. Herbicides, pesticides or any other toxic material
    Pellets (they tend to burn very hot)
  4. Charcoal

Cautions:

  1. There have been reports of the bottoms falling out of both clay and metal Chimineas. This supports the importance of placing it on a non-combustible surface.
  2. Gusts of wind have been known to blow hot embers onto dry grass, decks or neighbouring properties causing fires.
  3. Use extreme care when opening the front grill when a fire is in progress. Ensure a non-combustible surface extends out 18 inches from the front of the Chiminea to protect the area from falling burning material.

Land Clearing and Burning

Clean wood may be burned on the property where it was generated provided that the requirements of the Municipal Fire Permit have been complied with. As per MOE regulations, once wood from land clearing operations, including stumps, has been removed from a property it is to be considered "Wood Waste".

For the disposal of this material, the Ministry of Environment issues "Stump Dump" certificates of approval for disposal sites. Once waste wood is removed from a property, the wood waste is not to be open air burned as a method of disposal.

The open air burning of "Waste Materials" is not permitted in Ontario.

Residential Smoke Alarm Program

The Township of Tiny Fire and Emergency Services has implemented a Zero Tolerance Residential Smoke Alarm Program.

The Township of Tiny Fire and Emergency Services Department will be applying a zero tolerance enforcement approach to all homeowners and landlords who are discovered not to have a working smoke alarm installed on every storey of their homes or recreational dwelling units.

Working smoke alarms are an extremely effective and inexpensive tool in providing critical seconds to allow a rapid and safe escape from a burning building. Experience and fire tests clearly indicate that occupants have as little as ninety seconds to evacuate their homes from the onset of a fire.

Fire personnel have encountered numerous instances recently where working smoke alarms were not installed in accordance with the Ontario Fire Code.

Penalties for non-compliance range from a ticketed fine of $235.00 to a charge under the Provincial Offences Act that carries a fine of up to $50,000 and/or one year imprisonment.

Residents who require advice or assistance in complying with the smoke alarm requirements are encouraged to contact 705-322-1161.

In order to create a fire safe community, every adult must do their part by accepting responsibility for their fire safety and that of their family. Your firefighters need your help!

Fire Safety Inspections

Fire Safety inspections of various occupancies are conducted on a request or complaint basis, as required by The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.

In addition, a number of buildings have been identified for inspections based on the nature and occupant load of the building.

Fire safety information and advice is made available to residents and property owners to assist them in reducing the likelihood of a fire and to ensure they know the appropriate actions to take in the event of a fire.

 

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