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The Hawkesbury Fire Department is a composite Fire Department with five full-time professional firefighters and twenty-eight dedicated Volunteer Firefighters that are committed to the protection of the citizens of the Town of Hawkesbury and its visitors.

Managed by one part-time Fire Chief and his full-time Administrative Assistant, the Hawkesbury Fire Department also has five full-time Dispatchers providing call taking and dispatching services to eight fire departments, Hawkesbury Hydro, Public Works, Water Works, By-law Officers, etc.

Services provided to the public include:

  • Fire-safety inspections, fire prevention and public fire-safety education;
  • Fire investigations;
  • Enforcement of the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code, Fire Protection and Prevention Act, municipal by-laws and fire control activities;
  • Emergency response to: fires, rescues, hazardous material incidents, environmental incidents, life threatening medical incidents and marine incidents;
  • Emergency planning and preparedness.

  • Commitment, Compassion, Courage
  • Dedication, Devotion, Education
  • Family, Honesty, Honour, Integrity
  • Passion, Perseverance, Pride
  • Professionalism, Respect, Service

The Administrative Division is led by the Fire Chief and supported by an Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Division is responsible for:

  • Processing and reviewing the department’s statistics
  • Completing date entry
  • Reporting to the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Managing the department’s operating and capital budget

The Division oversees all of the department’s operations including:

  • Health, safety and wellness
  • Firefighter recruiting and retention
  • Staff attendance and payroll
  • Department policies and procedures
  • Department accounts receivable and payable
  • Media relations

The Administration Division also provides support for the Town’s Community Emergency Management Planning Committee as well as policy development and planning for a small, but active department that provides a range of emergency services to our community.

The Hawkesbury Fire Department consists of five distinct divisions:

  • Fire Prevention
  • Emergency Operations
  • Training
  • Administration and Support Services
  • Dispatch Centre

Firefighters

Our volunteer firefighters take great pride in belonging to the Hawkesbury Fire Department. Our members are trained in all aspects of firefighting; from hose line advancement to self-contained breathing apparatus, to fire attack, and obtain many other firefighting skills. New recruits join forces with other recruits from Hawkesbury and participate in a joint firefighter training program. At the end of the program, each firefighter transitions to active emergency response duties.

Benefits

There are many benefits to becoming a volunteer firefighter in Hawkesbury. Some of the benefits include:

  • Free Transferrable Training: all firefighting, rescue, CPR, first aid and other emergency training is provided at no cost.
  • Protective Clothing and Equipment: all gear and equipment is provided at no cost.
  • Uniforms: dress and be a part of an organized and dedicated group of people.
  • Competitive Wages.
  • Leadership: there will be opportunities for advancement and responsibility on both the firefighting and support sides of the department.
  • Family: enjoy camaraderie and lifelong friendships.
  • Recognition and Social Activities: take part in the Christmas parade and the firefighters’ gala.
  • Comprehensive Insurance Coverage: have the benefit of Workplace Safety & Insurance Board and Accident and Sickness Policy through Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services (VFIS) for you and your family.
  • And So Much More.

Prospective volunteer firefighters must:

  • Be eighteen years of age or older and hold a Secondary School Diploma
  • Be a resident of the Town of Hawkesbury or the place of residence reasonably permits him or her to respond to a fire call in time
  • Have twenty-four hour transportation available (DZ licence would be an asset)
  • Bilingual (English and French, mandatory)
  • Be in excellent physical condition
  • Successfully complete and provide a police background check

Please stop by our fire station to get an application form or send or deliver your résumé to:

780 Spence Avenue,
Hawkesbury,
Ontario
K6A 3H9

or email at Human Resources:

The Hawkesbury Fire Department operates from one fire station that is located at 780 Spence Avenue (since February 2002) and is home to:

Pumper P1-99

This unit is a 1999 Pumper (Engine) built by Superior Emergency Vehicles. It features a Hale 5000 litres (1050 imperial gallons) per minute pump and carries 3100 litres (700 imperial gallons) of water in its booster tank and a variety of firefighting and rescue equipment.

Pumper P1-96

This unit is a 1996 Pumper (Engine) built by Superior Emergency Vehicles. It features a Hale 5000 litres (1050 imperial gallons) per minute pump and carries 3600 litres (800 imperial gallons) of water in its booster tank and a variety of firefighting and rescue equipment.

Rescue R1-07

This unit is a 1986 used Rescue Unit built by Almonte Firetrucks which was bought in 1991. This truck also received a used 2007 chassis in 2010. Its primary purpose is to transport personnel and equipment to an emergency scene.

Areal A-203

This unit is a used 2003 E-One 95’ platform bought from Techno Fire in 2008. This truck features a Hale 7570 litres (2000 US gallons) per minute pump and carries 1135 litres (300 US gallons) of water in its booster tank and a variety of firefighting equipment.

Caravan P-030

This unit is a 2003 Dodge Caravan bought from Hawkesbury Chrysler and its primary purpose is to Fire Prevention and Public Education.

SUV C-114

This unit a 2014 Dodge Durango bought from Hawkesbury Chrysler in 2014. Its primary purpose is to the Fire Chief.

Pick-up S-116

This unit is a brand new 2016 Dodge Ram Service Truck bought from Hawkesbury Chrysler in August. Its primary purpose is to transport personnel and equipment to an emergency scene. It will also be used to transport personnel to the Ontario Fire College and other areas for training.

As the construction of our new fire station was undergoing in 2001, our fire department’s crest needed a new look. With the help of a company named Chabo Communications & Design in Hawkesbury, Council members passed a resolution on December 12, 2001 to accept the new logo as presented.

The Emergency Operations Division is perhaps the most visible branch of our department. Staffed by over 33 dedicated volunteer and full-time firefighters, these men and women come from all walks of life. They invest hundreds of hours every year in training, emergency response and community activities to “give back” to our community whenever the need arises.

From structural fires to motor vehicle accidents, to water and ice rescues, our firefighters stand ready to respond to a call for help from their neighbours, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

You will also see us at community events and fund-raising activities for various charities. The Emergency Operations Division is under the direct supervision of the Fire Chief and is comprised of Captains, Lieutenants and firefighters.

Please download the bilingual pdfEmergency Plan361.86 KB adopted by Council on April 30, 2018.

One of our primary goals in the community is to prevent fires from occurring. Our Fire Prevention Officer works hand-in-hand with the community, other members of the department and other town staff to help prevent fires by:

  • providing educational opportunities
  • conducting fire-safety inspections and helping to enforce fire-safety laws, and
  • investigating how fires occur in our community

Training is the heart of all the services we provide. Each year, our firefighters spend hundreds of hours training on a broad range of fire related topics such as:

  • Apparatus response
  • Pumping operations
  • Search and rescue
  • Forcible entry
  • Ventilation
  • Extrication techniques
  • Haz-mat response
  • Emergency first-aid
  • Water and ice rescue

Much of the training we provide is “in-house”, but staff also attend a variety of seminars and educational opportunities at other locations in the province, including the Ontario Fire College.

Property Inspections

The Fire Prevention Division conducts property inspections when:

  • a complaint is received regarding fire-safety
  • a request is made to assist a property owner or occupant to comply with the Fire Code

A Fire Code inspection can be started by making a request or by a Fire Prevention Officer. During the inspection by the Fire Prevention Officer, the property owner will be shown any violations to the Fire Code and asked to correct the violations. A Fire Safety Inspection Report, Inspection Order or other written recommendations will be provided.

Wood Stove and Chimney Inspections

Please contact the Fire Department at 613-632-1105 to request an inspection or for further information.

Community Event Planning

The Fire Prevention Division is also involved in community event planning. It works with event planners to ensure there will be adequate access for emergency personnel, their vehicles and that the event will be held in a fire safe manner.

Please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 613-632-1105 for further information.

Our focus is to prevent fires from happening in the first place. We do this through public education. Our hope is that by discussing fire safe behavior, we can change people’s everyday habits to include fire safety in everything they do.

Public Education Division

The Public Education Division tries to reach all citizens of the community and provide them with helpful information and training. Information on smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are available. The Fire Prevention Division is also available to speak directly to residents as guest speakers at functions, displays at community events, visits to the local schools and through the Alarmed for Life smoke alarm program.

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