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Fire Department Related Issues

Fire Department Related Issues

See attached memo from Chief Shaw which will be included in the Fall/Winter 2017 Newsletter

Everyone is their own first line of defence in the face of an emergency

  1. The majority of incidents are preventable and manageable when proper precautions are undertaken
  2. The Fire Safety Message for 2017 is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two (2) Ways Out”
    • Every property (residential and commercial) should have its own unique fire escape plan
    • Chances of survival in the event of a fire are dramatically increased when those inside a building have a plan and know the plan
  3. Last year’s fire safety message was the idea of ensuring that there is a working smoke alarm on every floor of your house
  4. See below tips courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association

Safety messages about smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

Deep River Fire Department

Reduced staffing/Hours

The latest round of interest arbitration between the Town and the Deep River Professional Firefighters Association concluded in June. The Town was unsuccessful in their efforts to achieve a reduction in full time staffing through attrition from the eight (8) mandated in the event the Town forms a composite Fire Department.  In addition there is a requirement to have a Captain on each platoon in a composite Department.  With recent retirements the Department finds itself with no Captain and none of the remaining Firefighters qualified or undertaking qualifications at this time.  While the Town explores its options and advertises for qualified Captain(s) there is reduced staffing that necessitated putting all remaining Firefighters on a shift covering Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.  Outside those hours the Fire Hall is unstaffed and the Town is reliant on off duty staff, and mutual aid to respond in the event of an emergency.  This situation is temporary until Town Council approves a permanent structure and staffing plan for the Department and it is implemented.   In the interim there is an increase in response time after hours that all residents should be aware of. Appropriately this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is home fire escape planning.  Given our current situation, I urge all residents to follow the advice provided and plan and practice your home escape plan for yourself and your loved ones.

Stay safe!

R.A. (Rob) Shaw

Fire Chief


Practice your home fire escape plan during Fire Prevention Week

Town of Deep River- Fire Chief Rob Shaw is urging families in Deep River to practice their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 8-14, 2017, is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

“Fire and smoke move faster than you,” said Chief Shaw.  “There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home AFTER a fire starts. Practice an escape plan BEFORE there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”

In a fire, you may have just seconds to safely escape your home. Be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:

  • Assess the needs of everyone in your home
    Identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults.
  • Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas
    Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Identify all possible exits (doors and windows ) and make sure they work
    Know two ways out of all areas, if possible.
  • Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds
    Assign someone to help those who need assistance.
    Identify a safe meeting place outside.
    Call the fire department (911) from outside the home – from a neighbour’s home or a cell phone.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year
    Have everyone participate.
    Make changes to your plan if necessary.

For more information contact:

Deep River Fire Department Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

613-584-2000 Ext 120