Fire Services

For Questions Contact:

Tori Haffner

Job Title
Administrative Assistant Recreation & Fire
Department
Community Services & Facilities

 Dorchester Fire Station       Thorndale Fire Hall

Dorchester Fire Department

Address: 2156 Dorchester Road, Dorchester, ON

Thorndale Fire Department

Address: 17198 Thorndale Road, Thorndale, ON. 

Inspection Requests and Complaints

Middlesex Centre Fire Services offers fire safety inspections on a request and a complaint basis on behalf of the municipalities of Middlesex Centre, Thames Centre and North Middlesex.

It is the municipality's responsibility to ensure fire safety inspections are conducted upon complaint, request, and as necessary to meet the mandatory requirements of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) and associated regulations.

Inspection requests can be submitted through our online submission portal below or by contacting the fire inspection officer. 

Request a Fire Inspection

 

Complaints of a fire-specific nature can also be requested below. 

Submit a Fire Safety Complaint or Concern 

 

When submitting a request or complaint consider the following:

  • If your matter is about an emergency situation, call 911. 
  • Fire safety inspections are not usually completed on single family homes.
  • Complaints should be limited to specific fire safety concerns such as non-compliant open air burning.
Open Air Burning

A permit is NOT required for backyard recreational fires

Open air burning is regulated within the municipality. Open air burning will only be conducted with approval of the Chief Fire Official and in accordance with the conditions set out in the Controlled Burn Permit for the Open Air Burning By-law.

Completed Burn Permit Applications can be returned in the following ways:

  • The Municipal Office at 4305 Hamilton Road, Dorchester (drop box is located to the left of the front door)
  • Email to karmstrong@thamescentre.on.ca
  • Fax 519-268-3928

Prior to lighting, please notify the Fire Chief (by text or call) at 519-719-8142. Once permission is granted, please call the Strathroy Caradoc Fire Services Dispatcher at 1-844-220-1300 before and after Open Air Burn.

Smoke Alarm Legislation

Homeowners: 
It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside sleeping areas.

Be sure that your street address number is clearly visible to fire/rescue workers.

It's important to hold family fire drills at least two times a year. If you have very young or elderly people in your home, assign someone to help them. If there's a fire, get everyone out of the home, then call the fire department. Make sure at least one window in every bedroom can be used for easy and fast escape in case of fire. Be careful not to overload electrical circuits. Lights that flicker or dim indicate trouble that must be corrected.

Landlords:
It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law.

Tenants:
If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of smoke alarms, contact your landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.

Failure to comply with the Fire Code Smoke Alarm Requirements could result in a ticket for $235.00 or a fine of up to $50,000.00 for individuals or $100,000.00 for corporations. 

When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement. Test your smoke alarms every month using the test button. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and whenever the low-battery warning chirps. Smoke alarms don’t last forever. Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are more than ten years old. Steam from the shower or cooking in the oven, stove or toaster can cause smoke alarms to activate. DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY. Instead, try moving the alarm to a different location, or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush feature that will temporarily silence the alarm. For further information about dealing with nuisance alarms, visit the Ontario Fire Marshal’s website.