Southwold Township Fire Department
The Southwold Township Fire Department protects a population of 4324 residents within 301 square kilometers of Elgin County. Also included is 17 kilometers of Highway 401, the St Thomas Ford Assembly Plant and the Greenlane Landfill site. The department is also an active member of the Elgin County Mutual Aid Association.
The Southwold Township Fire Department operates 2 Fire Stations. Station 1 is located just south of Shedden on Union Road and Station 2 is located in Talbotville on Sunset Road.
The primary mission statement of the Southwold Township Fire Department is to provide a range of programs to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of the Township of Southwold from the adverse effects of fires or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature.
Did you know?
On October 15, 2014, the Ontario Government formally enacted a new law - The Hawkins-Gignac Act - making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes at risk of CO. This revision to the Ontario Fire Code, supersedes any existng municipal by-laws.
There will be a phase-in period, yet to be announced.Why wait? Get your CO detectors installed today! More Carbon Monoxide Detector Information
The current apparatus roster includes:
- 1 Pumper
- 1 Tanker
- 1 Heavy Rescue
- 1 Pumper
- 1 Tanker
- 1 Light Rescue
In addition to fire suppression, the Southwold Township Fire Department provides rescue from fires, motor vehicle collisions and land based ice / water rescue. The Department will provide smoke alarm and fire inspections upon request and performs public education. All Firefighters are trained in First Aid / CPR and Awareness Level Hazardous Material Response. Certain Firefighters are trained in Basic Life Support Airway Management.
The Southwold Township Fire Department operates a Smoke Alarm Program and will be visiting your home in the future.
Did you know?
There are two concerns which are taking the Ontario Provincial Police officers' time away from other emergency policing needs. This is turn increases financial costs to the Township and in turn to the residents of Southwold Township.
False 911 calls and/or pocket dialing
Every 911 call is checked out in person with two officers for safety reasons. Small children playing with cell phones can inadvertently call the Police when 911 is programmed in your phone. If your cell phone is in your pocket, sometimes the button is pushed accidently. This causes an emergency visit taking two officers' time. It is imperative that the citizens of Southwold work with the Ontario Provincial Police and the Township of Southwold to help keep costs down and being as effective as possible in responding to all situations that happen in our Township.
False business/residential alarms
Please update key holders so the Police can completely check alarm call outs. Otherwise, they can only check the exterior and make sure all doors are locked and no signs of a visible break in are present. Be aware that many calls that are coming in are repeat, false alarms. It is also necessary for residential home owners to have updated information as well. Together we can work to stop unnecessary calls.
Together we can make a difference.
Courtesy of The Southwold Community Policing Association
CONTROLLED BURN: If you are planning on having an outside burn to clean up your property you must apply for a burn permit. There is no cost for this permit.
THIS PERMIT IS NOT VALID UNTIL IT IS APPROVED WITH THE FIRE CHIEF'S SIGNATURE AND A PERMIT NUMBER.
PLEASE NOTE THE HIGHLIGHTED AREA ON THE PERMIT REGARDING BUILT UP AREAS IN THE TOWNSHIP.
Once the permit is approved, it will be the applicant's responsibility to call into fire dispatch when they are going to do their controlled burn. The approved permit will be returned to the email address provided by the applicant.