Southwold Township Fire Department

The Township of Southwold Fire Department participated in a video for a joint Elgin County Fire Prevention effort.

If you would like to see the videos from the other Elgin County Fire Departments, visit Beach Productions on YouTube.  

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The Southwold Township Fire Department protects a population of 4421 residents within 301 square kilometers of Elgin County. Also included is 17 kilometers of Highway 401 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. The Shedden Station just south of Shedden on Union Road and the Talbotville Station is located in Talbotville on Sunset Road.

Mission Statement

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 existing 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:

Shedden Station:

  • 1 Pumper
  • 1 Tanker
  • 1 Heavy Rescue

Talbotville Station:

  • 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


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