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Total Fire Ban In Effect

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Jul 9, 2018

Effective immediately Haliburton County (including all of Highlands East) is under a fire ban. Dry conditions, high heat, and the lack of forecasted precipitation has lead to an extreme fire risk. All permits are cancelled and campfires, charcoal BBQs (propane is allowed), fireworks and flying lanterns are strictly prohibited during the fire ban.

Businesses and individuals can use the printable fire ban poster available for download below to notify the public.

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Emergency Preparedness Week 2018: Be Emergency Ready - Stay Connected

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 3, 2018

Emergency Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility but not everyone has the means or capacity to deal with emergencies. We encourage you to check on your neighbours to make sure they’re okay – knock on their door if you have to – and reach out to family and friends who may need you help during an emergency.

Make a Plan

Create your emergency family plan and practice it. In an emergency, your family may not be together, or you may be asked to evacuate your home. Thinking about what you would do in different situations and preparing a plan with every member of your family is the first step to being prepared.

Build a Kit

Get together with your family and put together an emergency kit with enough supplies to last 72 hours (three days).

Be Informed

Wireless Emergency Alerts are here. But only for LTE-enabled (4G) cell phones and mobile devices in Canada. The geo-targeted alerts will warn Canadians about dangers and imminent threats to life and property so they can take appropriate action.

Click here to check your phone’s compatibility and see if it can receive wireless emergency alerts.

A province-wide test of the system will take place on Monday, May 7th at 1:55PM and again on September 19th. The OFMEM website includes FAQs and other information.

If you’ve got an older model phone you can still get emergency alerts from Ontario’s Emergency Public Warning System. The system allows subscribers to receive tornado warnings and emergency alerts.

Still want more?

Get information about current provincial emergencies.

Activities & Training

Emergency Preparedness Survivor – This activity encourages youth to prepare themselves and their families prior to an emergency. Students learn practical survival skills to help them take care of themselves and their families after a disaster strikes.

CAN-WARN Training – Interested in learning about severe weather and helping your community? Then consider attending a free CAN-WARN Weather Spotter Training session sponsored by Environment Canada.

Sessions take place throughout Ontario, training normally lasts about 2.5 hours and there is no cost to attend.

Training covers the basics of thunderstorm formation, what differentiates a severe from a non-severe thunderstorm, the types of damage severe thunderstorms can produce, what to watch for in the sky, what to report to the Storm Prediction Centre and a series of safety tips.

CAN-WARN Training in Highlands East

A CAN-WARN Training Session is taking place at the Bark Lake Leadership & Conference Centre on May 12th at 9:30AM.

Visit the Bark Lake Event Page for more information or contact geoff [dot] coulson [at] canada [dot] ca

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 www.ontario.ca/firemarshal.

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.

Highlands East Firefighter Training Photo

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 emergencymanagementontario.ca to learn more.