Introduction of the North Grenville Fire Services
Greetings and thank you for your interest in the North Grenville Emergency & Protective Services (EPS) department. The two (2) divisions under the purview of the EPS department are: Fire Services and Emergency Management.
We endeavour to keep the community informed and educated on fire & life safety, local ordinances, and community emergency measures. Staff regularly assemble and post information on this site that is considered helpful and practical for the public. To ensure your safety and conformity to regulatory provisions, we urge you to contact our staff if the information you’re seeking is not available.
North Grenville service levels are authorized by Municipal Council. Approved fire protection services are outlined in the Establishing & Regulating By-Law. Provision of fire protection is accomplished through public education/fire prevention, code enforcement and emergency responses. In Ontario, progressive fire and life safety codes are enacted to ensure safety, health and welfare of people and property.
Emergency responses in North Grenville are delivered by call-out firefighters. These dedicated men and women are members of our community who are committed to protect others. They are volunteers who receive nominal reimbursement in the form of an honorarium to help offset personal expenses. The training and skill level of a North Grenville firefighter is equal to that of a career firefighter.
Emergency situations that may affect the community can occur and the Municipality has prepared and planned business continuity amongst its departments. The EPS department coordinates emergency management functions and brings all departments together as part of their undertaking in prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Annual training and exercises facilitate a proactive approach to local emergency management.
The staff at Emergency and Protective Services strive to fulfill the departmental mission and deliver quality service to the community of North Grenville.
Director of Emergency & Protective Services/Fire Chief
John R. Okum
The Kemptville Fire Department and now the North Grenville Fire Service has a history of over 100 years of service to the community and has changed and adapted over the years. What has not changed is the commitment of the volunteer firefighters to protect the lives and property of those living or visiting North Grenville. A true representation of community spirit and pride that is deserving of respect and appreciation for the services they provide.
In May 2019 the North Grenville Fire Service was once again successful in completing the Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation.
North Grenville Station 1 at 259 County Road 44, Kemptville and Station 2 at 94 Maplewood Avenue in Oxford Mills received accreditation for detached residential properties within 8 kilometers by road of either station. The accreditation is awarded to departments that demonstrate the ability to deliver a minimum of 200 gallons of water for a minimum of 2 hours and by doing so are considered as "hydrant equivalent" for insurance purposes.
This accreditation gives a Commercial class of 7 within 5 kilometers of the fire station.
Most insurance companies recognize the accreditation in calculating insurance premiums. However, it is in the best interest of the property owner to ensure their insurance agent is recognizing the accreditation and providing a competitive rate.