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Burning By-Law and Application

Posted to Applications, Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jan 23, 2018

Small fires are permitted in most areas of Highlands East as long as the following rules are complied with:

  • There is no daytime burning permitted during the fire season (April 1st to November 30th) without a permit. Fires may take place only during the time from one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunrise.
  • Your fire can be no greater than .5  metres (approx. 20 inches) in diameter and flames must not exceed 1 metre (approx. 39 inches) in height.
  • Your fire must be setback a minimum of 10 metres from any structure.
  • Only environmentally friendly materials may be burned.
  • The smoke from your fire cannot interfere with your neighbours or a roadway.
  • You must have sufficient tools and water available to put the fire out should the need arise.
  • You must be with your fire at all times

You may have a campfire during the day, using the same size restrictions and conditions listed above however it can only be used for cooking and warmth. It must be attended at all times.

All other fires need a permit. Please contact the municipal office for more information and to obtain a permit download the by-law and application below.

Any municipal or county-wide burn ban supercedes these rules.

The charges to extinguish a fire begins at $205.00 per half hour.

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Fire Prevention Week 2017

Posted to Fire Rescue, Services on Oct 10, 2017

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Click here for more information.

May 7th through 13th is Emergency Preparedness Week

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 6, 2017

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May and this year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This year's theme highlights the importance of having these measures in place but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you. With the Flood Warnings and Watches that are currently affecting Highlands East, this is more important than ever.

Visit Emergency Management Ontario's Be Prepared website to follow the steps and get more information on how to be prepared for an emergency and download the Pocket Guide below.

Banner for Emergency Preparedness Week that says Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.

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Fire Department Application Forms

Posted to Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jan 12, 2017

Fire Prevention Week 2016

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Oct 13, 2016
2016 Fire Prevention Week Banner

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016 and the Highlands East Fire Department wants you to join the Don’t Wait, Check the Date! selfie challenge.

“The theme of Fire Prevention Week this year is Don’t Wait, Check the Date of your smoke alarms,” says Fire Chief Bill Wingrove. “Smoke alarms don’t last forever. So we challenge everyone to take a selfie of their family checking the expiry date of their smoke alarms and post it on social media, to show everyone your alarm’s up to date.”

Smoke alarms wear out over time and need to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer, usually 10 years. The date of manufacture is indicated on the back of the smoke alarm and the expiry date is taken from that date. While smoke alarms typically last 10 years, some have different expiry time frames. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the expiry time frame of your smoke alarms.

The Highlands East Fire Department also reminds you that smoke alarms are required on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test all of your smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the alarm, and replace batteries at least once a year or when the alarm’s low battery signal begins to chirp.

For more information about smoke alarms, visit Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website at

International Firefighters' Day

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 4, 2016

Today, May 4th, is International Firefighters' Day. On this day, Highlands East Fire Department Chief Wingrove would like to recognise and honour the sacrifices that our volunteer firefighters -- and firefighters around the world -- make to ensure that our communities stay safe. A special and heartfelt thanks to those men and women, past, present and future, who answer the call and run towards the danger.

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Emergency Response Plan

Posted to Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jan 28, 2016

The Municipality of Highlands East Emergency Management Committee developed this Emergency Response Plan. Every official, municipal department and agency must be prepared to carry out assigned responsibilities in an emergency. The response plan has been prepared to provide key officials, agencies and departments of the Municipality of Highlands East with important emergency response information related to:

  • Arrangements, services and equipment; and
  • Roles and responsibilities during an emergency.

In addition, it is important that residents, businesses and interested visitors be aware of its provisions. Copies of the Municipality of Highlands East Emergency Response Plan may be viewed at the main Municipal Office and Sub Offices and can be downloaded below.

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Emergency Preparedness Week - Know the Risks, Reduce Them Together

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 4, 2015

May 3rd through 9th is Emergency Preparedness Week and this year's focus is on Emergency Preparedness (EP) being everyone’s responsibility. Some individuals may not have the support or capacity to deal with emergencies. Reach out to neighbours, family and friends who may be vulnerable or unable to support themselves during an emergency.

Visit to learn more.

OPP Text with 911 allows easy access to emergency services for those with hearing and speech impairments.

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Apr 21, 2015
T911 User Dials Phone

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is improving its capacity for emergency response and enhancing the safety for an important segment of the communities it serves by being equipped to receive emergency calls for service via Text with 911 (T9-1-1) from people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired (DHHSI) and for which the OPP is the Primary Public Safety Answering Point (P-PSAP).  

The T9-1-1 service is not intended for use by the general public and prospective users must register their cell phones with their wireless carrier in advance.

An Information Card is available on the OPP website at and more information is also available through the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association at and

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms mandatory in all homes as of April 15, 2015

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Apr 13, 2015

By April 15, most homes in Ontario must be equipped with working carbon monoxide detectors.

The new Ontario regulations require single-family homes, and any residential building of six units or less, to have the detectors installed near sleeping areas if the building has fuel-fired appliances, a fireplace or an attached garage. The alarms must be able to be heard in a sleeping room with the door closed.

CO alarms range in price from approximately $26 to over $100 depending on whether they are hard-wired, battery operated or plug-in and whether they have additional features (i.e. battery back-up, digital display, etc.). The average mid-range plug-in/battery back-up model is between $35 and $40 per unit. Landlords and home owners will be responsible for complying with the requirements under the Fire Code.

For more information visit the Fire Marshal's CO Alarm Q&A Page.