Welcome to Caledon Fire and Emergency Services
A Message from Dave Forfar, Fire Chief:
I am honoured to be the Fire Chief of the Town of Caledon Fire and Emergency Services.
Caledon has nine fire stations and over 250 dedicated, professional and proud personnel working hard to provide our residents with effective, efficient and prompt fire protection services. The fire service provides many services to residents, ensuring we create a fire safe community by promoting fire safety in a number of ways.
Fire prevention and public education
Fire prevention inspections serve to ensure the Fire Code is maintained in commercial, industrial and business establishments, as well as senior’s residences, all public accessible buildings and other occupancies where the public interest needs to be protected. Our public education programs in schools and at community events provide information and teach fire safety to our children and adults alike. I encourage each and every one of you to look for our display at community events and pick up some tips and information on fire safety.
Protecting your family from fire is a partnership
We provide advice and information, while you ensure your home conforms to that advice and information. Fire has evolved to become increasingly more dangerous, because of the high use of plastic materials in our furniture and home building products. In a fire, these materials emit extremely high heat and very toxic gases. The only line of defence you have to wake up and get out is properly installed and working smoke alarms. I encourage each and every one of you to install at least two or more smoke alarms on every level and check your smoke alarms every six months and change the batteries twice a year; we recommend changing the batteries every time you change your clocks. If you install a fixed wire smoke alarm, make sure there is at least one battery back up on each floor. Buy a good one and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations as to where to install the device.
Looking after loved ones
Senior’s residences are becoming a topic of discussion in our communities, especially after the last tragedy in Quebec. If you are in the process of selecting a senior’s residence for loved ones, ensure sprinklers and working smoke alarms are installed. If your loved one lives in a residence with multiple floors and has trouble using the stairs, request they are put on the Persons Requiring Assistance list, located within the buildings Fire Safety Plan. If you or your loved ones living in a household require special assistance, please visit our website and add your name, or your loved ones name, to Caledon’s Vulnerable Person Registry.
Let’s work together to become the number one fire safe community in Ontario. Take fire safety seriously by installing and checking those smoke alarms and installing at least one carbon monoxide alarm.
Dave Forfar, Fire Chief of Caledon Fire and Emergency Services