Fire Department

Emergency Contact: 911

Highlands East Fire Department

The Fire Department is responsible for fire rescue and safety operations of the fire service throughout the Municipality including fire suppression, fire prevention and public education, emergency medical responses, recruitment and training, community emergency planning and ensuring compliance with the Ontario Fire Code as well as issuing Burning Permits.

The Highlands East Fire Department is comprised of approximately 50 volunteer personnel across five stations.

All firefighters are trained and certified in Advanced First Aid and C.P.R. The department has also become involved in providing defibrillator services to enhance our capabilities in serving our community. The firefighters train one night a week to maintain their skills. The firefighters provide Public Education and Fire Prevention to the community by visiting local schools and groups.

Fire halls

Highlands East has five fire halls throughout the municipality:

  • Station 1, Cardiff (2747 Monck Road)
  • Station 2, Highland Grove (1014 Meteorite Road)
  • Station 3, Gooderham (1043 Community Centre Road)
  • Station 4, Wilberforce (2259 Loop Road)
  • Station 6, Paudash (26538 Highway 28 and Lagoon Road)

Mandate and goals

It shall be the goal of the department to utilize its resources to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants and the environment from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature; first to the corporation, second to those municipalities requiring assistance through the authorized emergency fire service plan (mutual aid) and third to those municipalities which are provided fire protection services by the department under an authorized agreement.

In order to accomplish this goal the department was mandated to, "Provide a range of programs including but not limited to the following."

  1. Fire suppression response of all types.
  2. Emergency medical response, Level A.
  3. Response to vehicle accidents and extrication.
  4. Response to farm, home and industrial accidents.
  5. Response to public hazards.
  6. Response to hazardous material incidents and awareness levels.
  7. Provision of rescue services in fire and other than fire situations.
  8. Search and rescue services.
  9. Disaster and emergency planning.
  10. Fire cause determination and investigation.
  11. Fire prevention services and inspections.
  12. Public education services and programs.
  13. Shore based water rescue