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Our current BYLAW 27/12 requires a fire permit for any open-air burning associated with burning wood, brush, leaves and grass.  

The Fire Code, Ontario Regulation 213/07, as amended, and BYLAW 27/12, as amended, gives the Chief Fire Official the authority to NOT APPROVE any OPEN-AIR BURNING, and to CANCEL all previously issued BURNING PERMITS.

The Chief Fire Official has decided to prohibit the burning of all brush & wood piles, fields, leaves, and grass.

There are exceptions: At this time the only burning permitted in the Town of Fort Frances is covered in the Town of Fort Frances BYLAW 27/12 under: 4 - WHERE PERMIT NOT REQUIRED.

A burning permit is not required for the following:

4.1   A small confined fire used to cook food on a grill or a barbecue, supervised at all times,        shall not be deemed to require a permit fire for the purposes of this bylaw.

4.2   A small confined fire used for recreational purposes, less than one metre (39 inches) in diameter, less than one metre (39 inches) in height, and supervised at all times, shall not be deemed to require a permit for the purposes of this bylaw. These fires must be confined in a fire pit or fire ring. Either home-made or manufactured construction is acceptable.

4.3   Outdoor Fireplace with dimensions less than one metre (39 inches) in diameter, less than one metre (39 inches) in height, and supervised at all times, shall not be deemed to require a permit for the purposes of this bylaw. These items must be located on a non-combustible surface extending beyond the unit to a dimension equal to the height of the unit.

4.4   While being exempted from permits in clauses 4.1 and 4.2, any person burning in the Town of Fort Frances shall be responsible to burn in accordance with the provisions of this bylaw in sections 6, 7, and 8, if they are not specifically identified in this section.

4.5   Persons burning for the purposes of cooking or recreation are exempted from the time limitations defined in section 7.5 of this bylaw.

4.6   All fires must be built using clean dry wood and uncontaminated materials. Construction products and waste materials cannot be used as a fuel source for fires and must be disposed of in the landfill. Commercial fire logs are also an acceptable fuel source.


The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service would like to remind the public that the use of fireworks in the Town of Fort Frances is prohibited.

The annual July 1st fireworks display, which takes place at the Point Park is operated by Canfire Pyrotechnic Ltd. They are professionals who have their Fireworks Operator Certificate, and Certificate of Insurance. As well, the fireworks are set off over the water, and these professionals get approval from the Chief Fire Official annually.

As well, Prohibited Fireworks includes but is not limited to sky lanterns, celebration lanterns, wish lanterns, event lanterns, Chinese lanterns, sky candles, fire balloons or any other similar device.

These Flying Lanterns use an open flame to float through the air.

Once they are lit and launched into the air … they pose a serious fire risk. These lanterns have the potential to cause significant fire injuries and losses.

Many communities throughout Ontario have banned these extremely dangerous lanterns.

Meanwhile, stores within our community and surrounding area may be selling consumer fireworks. However, these consumer fireworks cannot be used/discharged in the Town of Fort Frances.

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Our Fire Rescue Service Core Values


The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service demands the highest standards of excellence, integrity, commitment, and dedication from all its employees. As professionals, we must treat all others with respect and dignity. The public and taxpayers deserve nothing less.


The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service is entrusted with protecting the public and enforcing fire and other related codes. Each member has a personal responsibility to demonstrate the highest ethical standards to inspire confidence and trust in each other and in the public, we serve.


Each member of our fire rescue service should be treated with consideration and respect. Personnel must be free to contribute fully to this fire rescue service without any fear or disrespect. All employees must respect the dignity and rights of co-workers and the public they serve.


In carrying out our mission, and objectives ... all employees must hold themselves accountable to the public, taxpayers and personally for their actions.


The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service recognizes that its success requires a diverse, coordinated team committed to the highest standards of trust, hard work, co-operation, and communication working together with external stakeholders to achieve common goals.


The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service Team strives to work creatively, proactively, and effectively in providing services to the public. We are committed to finding flexible, efficient, and innovative approaches to providing fire safety.


The Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service is committed to the protection of lives, property, the environment, and the economy in the Town of Fort Frances through Fire Prevention, Public Education, and Emergency Response, utilizing available resources in an efficient and effective manner.


  • Aim for the highest professional standards in service delivery and internal management.
  • Develop a comprehensive life and property protection service with continuous review to identify the municipality's changing fire service requirements.
  • Promote the coordinated effort of all staff and resources in the fire rescue service to ensure the effectiveness of our fire and public safety mission.
  • Maintain a comprehensive training program to adequately educate personnel in the latest knowledge and techniques in performing their duties.
  • Develop and maintain good working relations with all federal, provincial, district, and municipal departments, utilities and agencies.
  • Prepare maintenance programs to ensure the preparedness of all equipment required in the delivery of fire and public safety.
  • Maintain a comprehensive fire prevention and public education program to ensure community needs are met.

Fort Frances Fire Rescue Services
320 Portage Avenue
Fort Frances, ON
P9A 3P9

Phone: (807) 274-9841
Fax: (807) 274-9595

Tyler Moffitt, Fire Chief/CEMC
(807) 274 9841 ext. 3