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Duties of the Fire Department:

The Fire Department counts 5 Fire Stations.

  • St. Bernardin Fire Station with Station Chief: Gabriel Lalonde,
  • St. Isidore Fire Station with Station Chief: Daniel Desforges,
  • Fournier Fire Station with Station Chief: Shawn Lavertue,
  • Limoges Fire Station with Station Chief: Daniel Voisine,
  • St. Albert Fire Station with Station Chief: Stephane Savage.

 

“Fire Protection” means a range of programs designed to protect the lives and property of the residents and visitors of the Fire Department’s response area from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature and includes fire prevention, public education, rescue and suppression services:

  •  auto extrication is limited to basic extrication services for the Fournier, St-Albert and St-Bernardin Fire Stations,
  • full extrication services are offered by the Limoges and St-Isidore Fire Stations and the Casselman Fire Department,
  • rescue services, as it applies to water and ice rescue, is limited to levels 1 and 2 (shore-based and water entry) by the Fournier Fire Station,
  • medical emergency responses shall be limited to those services agreed to under By-Law No. 57-2003 (United Counties of Prescott Russell Tiered Response Agreement),
  • fire prevention is offered by all five stations through inspection and educating the public in ways to prevent fires from starting,
  • education is offered by all five stations though public festivals, municipal website, school visits and invitation to clubs, associations and events.

 

A Brief History

In 1998 the Townships of Cambridge, Calédonia and South Plantagenet and the Village of St. Isidore were amalgamated to form The Nation Municipality. As a result of this amalgamation the new municipality had five distinct fire departments: St. Isidore, St. Bernardin, Fournier, Limoges and St. Albert, each with their own Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief and their organisations.

In the fall of 1998 the municipality hired Ghislain Pigeon as Fire Coordinator on a part time basis.

On December 1st, 2004, the five Fire Departments were amalgamated into one to be known as The Nation Fire Department with Ghislain Pigeon named as Fire Chief, Aurèle Constantineau as West Sector Chief, Pascal Laviolette as East Sector Chief, Florent Bertrand as Limoges Station Chief, Yvon Genier as St-Albert Station Chief, Guy Longtin as St-Isidore Station Chief, Gilles Lalonde as St-Bernardin Station Chief and Tobias Hovey as Fournier Station Chief with a complement of 75 firefighters divided between the five stations.

On January 1st 2014, The Nation Municipality hired its first full time Fire Chief named Tobias Hovey. In doing so the positions of East and West District Chief were removed and one Deputy Fire Chief was named as Aurèle Constantineau.  

The Fire Department hierarchy now looks as so; Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Station Chiefs and a complement of 85 firefighters divided between the five stations.

The Casselman Fire Department responds to emergencies surrounding the Village of Casselman in The Nation Municipality sectors as per By-law 63-2016.

 

Tobias Hovey
Fire Chief
The Nation Fire Department
THovey@nationmun.ca

Florent Bertrand
Deputy Fire Chief
The Nation Fire Department
FBertrand@nationmun.ca

USER FEES & FIRE SERVICES

The Nation Municipality will impose a fee for services or activities provided by the The Nation Fire Department. The fees will be covered by the owner of the property regardless of whether the services or activities were requested or not by the owner of the property.   All fees are payable to The Nation Municipality. Please find below a list of services or activities available from the Fire Department and their fee.

By-law No. 148-2015 – User fees and Charges for Fire Services or activities

FILE SEARCH

The fire department can produce letters of conformity for a property. A fee of 80$ will apply for requests to produce letters of conformity to lawyers and real estate agents, fire incident summary reports for insurance brokers, letters of conformity for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario applications, all other letters of conformity, subdivision plan review. (what’s the process for the request)

ON SITE INSPECTIONS

On site inspections are performed to evaluate if a space conforms to fire codes by the Fire Department.  Residential properties can be inspected at no cost unless the property is used as a rental unit. Consult the By-law No. 148-2015 for fee related to other type of properties.

FALSE ALARMS

False alarm are calculated within one calendar year. If the fire department is called to the same location multiple time within one year of the first false alarm call, a fee will be applied to the owner of the property.

1 st false alarm No fee will be applied
2 nd false alarm $200.00
3rd and all other additional false alarms $1,000.00

After 3rd false alarm, a notice requesting proof of a recent certificate of an annual inspection of the alarm system, as prescribed by the Ontario Fire Code within 30 days of the requisition.

FIRE CODE VIOLATION

Property owners have the responsibility to install a working smoke alarm in each of their properties, to maintain the smoke alarm in an operating condition, provide maintenance and instructions to occupants. Failure to meet these requirements will generate a fire code violation punishable with a fine.

TRAINING

The Nation’s Fire Department can provide courses on: Fire Prevention, Fire Extinguishers, Evacuations and Fire Simulations.  Please contact us for more information.

1 to 10 people $50.00 + Cost of material
Over 11 people $5.00 / person + Cost of material
EDUCATION - PREVENTION

Farms and rural properties have unique fire risks. Follow these simple steps to help protect your family and your investment.

CARBON MONOXIDE

What is carbon monoxide?

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
  • CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable heaters and generators or vehicles.
  • Over 80% of CO-related injuries and deaths in Ontario occur in the home (source: TSSA).

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Tips

  • Testing and Replacing
  • Landlords are responsible for installing and maintaining carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in their rental units
  • Landlords are required to test CO alarms in rental units annually and when the battery is replaced, changes are made to the electric circuit or a change of tenancy occurs.
  • It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with CO alarms in any way.
  • Test CO alarms every month by pressing the test button.
    Replace batteries every year.
  • Replace CO alarms according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Know the Sound of the CO Alarm:

  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Know the difference between the CO alarms’ low-battery warning, end of life warning and an emergency alarm – consult the CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions.

What to do if the CO Alarm Sounds:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Find out more about carbon monoxide through this link

Other tools:

http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca/sites/default/files/content/ofm/docs/CO%20Safety%20Apartment%20Condo.pdf

http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca/sites/default/files/content/ofm/docs/CO%20Safety%20Infographic.pdf

http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca/sites/default/files/content/ofm/docs/Carbon%20Monoxide%20Info%20Sheet.pdf

ESCAPE PLAN

Develop a home fire escape plan today…it could save your life tonight!
http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca/english/FireMarshal/FireSafetyandPublicEducation/PlanYourEscape/plan_your_escape.html (source)

Install working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. It’s the law!

Develop a home fire escape plan.

Know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Sit down with everyone in your household and discuss how each person will get out of the home in a fire.

Practise your escape plan with everyone in your home.

Make sure everyone can get out quickly.

Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible.

If the door of a room is blocked by smoke or fire, discuss an alternate escape route such as a window. Make sure all windows open easily. Security bars on windows should have quick-releasing devices so they can be easily removed.

Help those who need it!

Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who may need assistance.

Get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.

Most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation.

Choose a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your home.

A tree, street light or a neighbour’s home are all good choices. In case of fire, everyone should go directly to this meeting place to be accounted for.

Get out, stay out.

Never re-enter a burning building. Once you have safely escaped, call the fire department from outside your home using a cell phone or from a neighbour’s home.

For more information, contact your local fire department or visit these links.

http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca/sites/default/files/content/ofm/docs/Home%20Escape%20Planning%20Info%20Sheet.pdf

Carbon Monoxide – Silent Killer

SMOKE ALARMS

http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca/sites/default/files/content/ofm/docs/Smoke%20Alarms%20Info%20Sheet.pdf

W.E.T.T inspections

CAR SEAT INSTALLATION

The Ottawa Police does not conduct child car seat inspections but we encourage you to register for an upcoming car seat inspection clinic by visiting  S.E.A.T.S for Kids, Ottawa Safety Council’s Best Fit Car Seat Program, or by calling Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744, ext. 28020. For more information on safety, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

http://www.seatsforkids.ca/sites/default/files/seats-brochure-design-v9-FINAL-nobleed.pdf 

Watch the video below for 3 Quick Car Seat Safety Tips, presented by Ottawa Public Health.

https://youtu.be/s5nUlCBcl4Y

Car Seat Information and Installations.
Contact: Jean-Marc Michaud and Lucie Larochelle
(613) 764-3434

FIRE PERMITS

Thinking of lighting a fire?

Open Air Burning By-Law 84-2004

General

If you intend to light an open air fire with a flame base larger than 1 square meter you must obtain a fire permit before lighting the fire.

Applying for a fire permit

Please complete this application for a fire permit  and return it to:

The Nation Municipality,
958 Route 500 West,
Casselman ON K0A 1M0.
When completing the application, please ensure that the location of the fire section contains adequate directions to allow an inspection of the site.

Fire permits are $25.00. Fires lit in the months of January, February and March are free.

NEXT STEPS

Once the completed form is received by the Municipality, a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer will visit the location to ensure that the fire can be lit safely and that it conforms to the terms emitted by the By-Law.   Once the inspection is completed, the Officer may issue the permit, or, issue the permit with conditions, or, refuse the permit.

REASONS FOR REFUSING A PERMIT

The Officer will refuse to issue a fire permit due to the following conditions:

  • The location of the fire is less than 50 metres from a neighbour’s house.
  • The location is less than 150 metres from a woodland without snow cover.
  • Conditions are too dry to allow burning.
  • The smoke from the fire might create a danger to vehicular traffic.

AFTER PERMIT ISSUANCE

The applicant will receive a fire permit which must be on site while the fire is burning. Before lighting the fire,  the applicant must call 1-888-870-8883 to advise the fire dispatch centre that they will be lighting a permitted fire, the dispatch centre will already have been sent a copy of the permit by the Officer.

Permits can be issued for a duration of up to 30 days. The expiry date will be marked on the permit.

Prohibited Materials

Whether a fire permit is required or not it is prohibited to burn the following:

  • Tires, plastic, rubber or petroleum products.
  • Grass, weeds or other vegetation while it is still attached to the ground.

The burning of ditches, lawns and fields is prohibited. These types of fires are the most difficult to control, pose the highest danger of spreading and the smoke caused by the burning of roadside ditches creates a hazard to vehicular traffic.

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER APPLICATION & PROCESS

The Nation Fire Department accept applications on a required basis. A notice of opportunity will be posted on this page and on social media if a position become available.   Once the opening is announced, you may complete the application form.  Your application will be evaluated by the fire department and retained applicants will be contacted to proceed to the process’ next steps.

The competition process will consist of:

Physical and Written Test
Physical test consists of tasks that a firefighter will have to be able to complete.
Written test consists of comprehension, arithmetic and general knowledge.

Interviews
This is the final stage of the process and only the top applicants will be invited to the interview stage. Interviews will be held in the station where the applicant has applied.

Other requirements may be requested later in the process, such as:

  • Successful at passing the Prescott-Russell Regional Training program;
  • OPP Criminal Record Check;
  • Drivers Abstract check;
  • Doctor’s note of good health;
  • Obtain a D “Z” license and
  • Social adaptability within the team.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer firefighter.

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March 1st, 2018

At this time The Nation Fire Department will be accepting applications for the position of firefighter.

Only online applications will be accepted (see link below for “Volunteer Firefighter Application Form”).

We are looking for applicants for the following stations; Fournier, St-Albert, Limoges, St-Bernardin and St-Isidore.

The application period will close on April 1st 2018 at 11:59 pm. All valid applicants will be notified by email, the time and place for the testing.

Testing will be in the month of April 2018.

Thank you for your interest.

Volunteer Firefighter Application Form:

Thank you for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications.

FIRE AWARENESS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

May 18th, 2016 – Ottawa

On May 18th, 2016, we had the pleasure and privilege to honor and thank Deputy Fire Chief Aurèle Constantineau for 40 years of outstanding service within The Nation Fire Department. The ceremony was to present him with the 40 year service bar.

Mr. Constantineau was among the firefighters who founded the Limoges Fire Station in January 1976; in fact, he is the only active founding firefighter today. One year later, in 1977, he was promoted to Fire Chief, a positIon he held until 2004, when he was promoted to the position of Sector Chief. In 2014, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Chief. Through the course of his career, he was awarded 3 medals for his bravery and service. Looking back on his career, Mr. Constantineau says that he is proud to have served and protected his community.

We – The Nation Fire Department, The Nation Municipality, Council, Mayor and Staff – are grateful for his outstanding service, hard work, contributions and dedication. Congratulations, Aurèle, on this remarkable milestone!

The Nation Fire Department

Fire Chief / Chef pompier – Tobias Hovey
Deputy Chief / Chef Adjoint – Aurèle Constantineau
Mrs. / Mme Marilyn Constantineau
Councillor / Conseiller – Marc Laflèche

The Nation Fire Department

Fire Chief / Chef pompier – Tobias Hovey
Deputy Chief / Chef Adjoint – Aurèle Constantineau
Mrs. / Mme Marilyn Constantineau
Councillor / Conseiller – Marc Laflèche

The Nation Fire Department

Fire Chief / Chef pompier – Tobias Hovey
Deputy Chief / Chef Adjoint – Aurèle Constantineau
Mrs. / Mme Marilyn Constantineau
Councillor / Conseiller – Marc Laflèche

The Nation Fire Department

Fire Chief / Chef pompier – Tobias Hovey
Deputy Chief / Chef Adjoint – Aurèle Constantineau
Councillor / Conseiller – Marc Laflèche

March 4th, 2016 – Fournier Fire Station

 

The Prescott 4-H Cloverbuds’ members and their families were welcomed by our firefighters at the Fournier Fire Hall for a tour and interactive information session, with the help of the inflatable house. According to the Cloverbud leader, the children loved the inflatable house and their time spent with the firefighters!

TANKER WATER SHUTTLE CERTIFICATE

To view the certificate that is supplied to the insurers for a rebate on house insurance policies, please click here.