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Fire department

For any emergency, just dial 911 and dispatchers will direct the call to the right service.

The fire station is located at 2 Vale Perkins Street, in the same building as the Town Hall. Our Fire Protection Service covers the entire territory of the Township of Potton, a 262 square km area. A mutual aid agreement exists with the fire services of North Troy and Austin to allow us to meet the legally required response time.

Outdoor fire

CHANGES TO REGULATIONS CONCERNING OUTDOOR FIRES

(English version of the new bylaw to follow)

Bylaw 2017-440 is now in force.

Here are the highlights:

  • Outdoor fires are classified as follows:
    1. Clearing fires (usually to clear fields or brushes);
    2. Standard outdoor fire;
    3. Bonfires;
    4. Outdoor fire on camping grounds.
  • Outdoor cooking units such as BBQs, encased cooking fireplace with a grill, a camp gas stove or a hibachi are not considered as outdoor fires and therefore do not require a permit.

Here are the restrictions:

  • A clearing fire can be lit between the 1st of december to 31 march, with the following restrictions: the other usual restrictions concerning maximum size apply. Furthermore, authorization cannot be issued for such clearing fires in the Mansonville Urban Area and in the Owl’s Head sector defined as being zones OH1 to OH10;
  • Standard outdoor fires are permitted only in an enclosed pit, which must be equipped with a wire mesh grill on top to contain sparks; it must be installed on a non combustible surface.
  • A bonfire is considered as a fire to which the public has access; fireworks fall into this category as well; bonfires cannot have a diameter in excess of 1.2 metre (4 feet) and 1.8 metre in height (6 feet); bonfires do not require the enclosed pit as in standard fires. The permission will indicate a starting time and an ending time for the bonfire; a permission must be obtained for each instance of a bonfire;
  • Camp fires are outdoor fires lit on campgrounds; these campgrounds are identified in the tax roll register of the Township. Enclosed pits are not required, however the camp fire must be installed on an incombustible surface, must be surrounded by a brick wall with a minimum of two rows, without any space between the bricks, with a maximum height of 36 centimetres (1 foot)  the permit must be obtain annually, and is good for one year;
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All other regulations from the past are still applicable: before lighting you must check the provincial fire hazard indicator (www.sopfeu.qc.ca); you cannot light up if winds are strong or other risks are present; outdoor fires must be under surveillance at all times, and a fire can be lit only during daylight; a permit is issued for burning natural wood stock only (construction wood is prohibited); furthermore, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure no nuisance is caused to neighbours, an obvious example of which is smoke headed directly towards another property.

Procedure to obtain an authorization for clearing fire and Bonfire :

Notify the Town during opening hours before lighting the fire and each time a fire is lit.

 

Fire risk coverage program

The Municipality of Potton, like all others, is subject to the requirements of Fire Risk Coverage Program imposed by the Department of Public Safety. For this reason, significant expenditures have been incurred in recent years to acquire the required equipment. For the prevention responsability, the Municipality has the professional resources required.

Finally, it is important to mention that all the expenditures related to the fire department are required to be made, otherwise in the event of a lawsuit, we will be held liable for not having carried out the implementation of measures imposed by the program.

For your information, you will find below the key elements of the Fire Risk Coverage Program.

Sections 10 and 11 of the provincial law specify the different elements that are contained in the Fire Risk Coverage Program. They are:

  • the identification, evaluation and classification of risks, including, where appropriate, the risks subject to declaration;
  • the identification and evaluation of existing or planned safeguards;
  • the identification and evaluation of human, material and financial resources allocated to fire safety by the municipal authorities;
  • infrastructure and sources of water supply required for fire safety;
  • analysis of the functional relations between these resources;
  • an evaluation of the operational procedures in force in the municipal fire safety;
  • for each risk category listed or each part of the territory defined in the program, the goals for maximum protection against fire;
  • actions to be taken by municipalities to achieve these goals;
  • municipal implementation plans;
  • a process of verification of the effectiveness of actions taken and degree of achievement of agreed goals.
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