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.

Download File

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.

Highlands East Fire Heritage Committee aims to restore 1942 Fire Truck

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices on Jan 13, 2015

The Highlands East Fire Heritage Committee has been set up to restore a piece of our past. The committee will be fundraising to restore our “Old Number One” Fire Truck, a 1942 Ford.

1942 Ford Fire Truck in need of restoration.

Donations can be made at the Wilberforce Municipal Office. For more information call 705-448-2981 x226. 

Fire Prevention Week 2014: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Oct 6, 2014
Fire Prevention Week 2014: Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Fire Prevention Week is October 5 – 11, 2014. This year’s theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month. To increase the chances of surviving a fire, the Highlands East Fire Department is reminding everyone to test your smoke alarms today and keep testing them monthly.

“Only working smoke alarms save lives, so make sure to test all of your smoke alarms,” says Acting Fire Cheif Chris Baughman.  “It is one of the easiest tests you’ll ever take.” 

Ontario law requires that working smoke alarms be located on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. HEFD recommends the following smoke alarm and safety tips: 

•    Test smoke alarms monthly. Consider vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours who may be need assistance maintaining and testing their smoke alarms – let’s make sure to test theirs too!
•    Change the batteries once a year. 
•    Replace smoke alarms after 10 years. 
•    Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household. 

To get more information about smoke alarms, visit and new smoke alarms are available for purchase in the Highlands East Municipal Office.

Emergency Preparedness Week

Posted to Fire Rescue, Services on May 4, 2014

May 4th through 10th is Emergency Preparedness Week: Are you ready for an emergency?

Power Outages

Most power outages will be over almost as soon as they begin, but some can last much longer – up to days or even weeks. Power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. Cold snaps or heat waves can also overload the electric power system.

During a power outage, you may be left without heating/air conditioning, lighting, hot water, or even running water. If you only have a cordless phone, you will also be left without phone service. If you do not have a battery-powered or crank radio, you may have no way of monitoring news broadcasts. In other words, you could be facing major challenges. 

You can greatly lessen the impact of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance. You and your family should be prepared to cope on your own during a power outage for at least 72 hours. Be prepared!


  • Alternative source of power (generator)
  • Phone (landline) that does not require hydro
  • Alternative source of heat (woodstove)
  • Crank radio or battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Source of light
  • Alternative cooking source (camp stove, etc.)
  • Food, water, medicine

Hydro One Emergencies & Outages: 1-800-434-1235

If you have to leave your home, be sure to take the following items with you:

Eyewear, Identification (and other personal documents), Cell Phone (with charger/extra batteries), One day supply of food and water, Medication, Toiletries, Extra clothing, Contact numbers, Paper/Pencils/Pens

Flood Preparedness

Posted to Fire Rescue, Services on Mar 14, 2014

Residents on or near waterfront property need to be prepared for spring and the potential flood risk. Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility for our residents and property owners as well as the Municipalities and County.

The County of Haliburton has created a Flood Preparation page on their website located at and is committed to providing timely information about flooding throughout the county.

The Municipality of Highlands East will also provide information specific to Highlands East via the website and social media.

Enjoy a Fire-Safe Holiday Season

Posted to Fire Rescue, Services on Dec 12, 2013

While the holiday season is a great time to cook and decorate with family and friends, it is also a time to pay extra attention to fire safety.

Christmas Tree Fire

Here is a list of 10 fire prevention tips from the Ontario Fire Marshal's 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety campaign that will help keep you safe during the holidays:

  1. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  2. Stay in the kitchen when cooking, especially when using oil or cooking at high temperatures.
  3. Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke alarms should be on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home.
  4. Check and throw away old and damaged lights before decorating.
  5. Keep the base of your Christmas tree in water at all times, and keep it away from fireplaces, heaters and candles.
  6. Keep candles away from children and pets and always remember to blow them out before leaving a room.
  7. Make sure everyone knows two ways out of your home and practise a home escape plan with everyone in your household.
  8. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone else that may require assistance to escape.
  9. Check that all exits and escape routes are kept clear and easy to access at all times.
  10. In case of fire, call the fire department from outside the home, from a cellphone or neighbour's home.

Quick Facts

  • The top five causes of fires in December are from heating equipment, unattended cooking, electrical distribution equipment, cigarettes and appliances.
  • Last December, there were 60 injuries and eight fatalities related to home fires in the province.
  • Last year, there were either no smoke alarms or the alarms were not working in 35 per cent of preventable fires.