Fire & Rescue
Brantford Fire Department
About the Department
The Brantford Fire Department is a highly skilled and dedicated team committed to providing the highest level of safety, protection of life, property and the environment to those who live, work or play in our community. We will respond to our citizen's needs by providing professional, services that are crucial to the safety, health and welfare of the community. We will accomplish this through fire suppression, fire prevention, public education, emergency medical services and other activities. Looking to the future we embrace the challenges and opportunities which lay before us!
To promote and protect the health and well-being of the community, including people, property and the environment through progressive education, prevention and emergency response services.
To continually pursue and advance a professional level of excellence recognized as a model for the Fire Service.
Brantford Fire Department
60 Clarence Street, P. O. Box 61
Brantford, Ontario, Canada N3T 5M3
- Do I need permission to use a candle at my wedding?
The Fire Department must approve all candles and arrangements used in any public hall during a wedding or private party.
Please call the Fire Prevention bureau at 519-752-0540 should you have any additional questions.
- Can I burn my leaves and brush during spring/fall cleanup?
The burning of leaves, rubbish or other debris is not permitted within the City of Brantford.
- Does the Fire Department install car seats?
- No, the Brant County Health unit offers Car Seat Classes and Clinics. For more information please go to www.bchu.org or call 519-753-4937.
- Can I have a small cooking fire in my backyard?
- RESTRICTED USE
-may only be used to cook or grill food,
-the user must extinguish flame and briquettes or wood chips upon cooking completion,
-the user may not continue the fire after the cooking has been completed,
-may not be used for open burning,
-may not be used for entertainment purposes.
-must be located a minimum 10' away from any property line,
-must be located a minimum of 10' away from any house, outside buildings and wooden fences.
-a maximum grill area of 24" x 24" is permitted,
-a maximum interior fuel surface of 24" x 24" is permitted.
-must be suitably enclosed so that the briquettes or wood chips are maintained within structure of barbecue or barbecue pit,
-must conform to any other restricting bylaws, regulations or agreements.
The Brantford Fire Department responding personnel, in particular the Officer on scene, SHALL make the determination whether the existing fire at your residence meets the criteria set out in
1. Should the Officer make the determination that your fire does not meet the criteria of Article 188.8.131.52. it will be extinguished immediately.
2. Should the Officer make the determination that your fire meets the criteria in Article 184.108.40.206. it must be extinguished immediately after the cooking has been completed.
- Will I get a ticket if I park in a fire route?
- If the fire route is part of City of Brantford bylaw 144-88 you will be ticketed if parked in a fire route.
- How do I go about getting a fire truck and crew to attend an event?
- Please contact the Deputy Chief at 519-752-4294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a fire truck and crew at your event.
Events that we will attend will be at the discretion of the Deputy Chief.
- What do I do if I find my child playing with matches or a lighter?
- All children have a fascination with fire. They like to watch campfires, fireplaces, candles, etc., but for some, the fascination goes beyond watching. Sometimes it can become a repeated fire setting behaviour!
Each year, hundreds of children are injured in fires started by children playing with matches or lighters.
If you feel your child's interest in fire setting is beyond simple curiosity the Brant TAPP-C program offers families help when dealing with child fire setters. If you need assistance, please call the Brantford Fire Department at 519-752-0540 and ask specifically for The Arson Prevention Program for Children…TAPP-C.
- Why is it that when an ambulance is called for a medical the fire department responds as well?
- The fire department is only dispatched for specific medical calls as a protocol when 911 is contacted.
- How often should I replace the batteries in my smoke alarms?
- You should replace them every six months. An easy way to remember is to change your smoke alarm batteries when you turn your clocks forward and back.
- How do I arrange a fire safety lecture for my group, workplace or school?
- Fire Safety lectures on a number of topics such as fire safety in the home, babysitter safety, how to use fire extinguishers and seniors fire safety can all be arranged by contacting the Fire Prevention Office in writing.
Written requests should be sent by mail to the Brantford Fire Department, 60 Clarence Street, P.O. Box 61, Brantford, ON, N3T 5M3 or faxed to 519-752-7083 or email email@example.com
All requests should include the following information:
· the date and time of the lecture
· the location of the lecture
· the number of persons attending and their ages
· the topic you wish the lecture to be on
· indicate whether a TV and VCR are available
· a phone number where you can be reached during the day
- Are carbon monoxide detectors required in Brantford?
- Yes. City of Brantford bylaw #59-2010 requires the installation and maintenance of Carbon Monoxide detectors in all dwellings under the following conditions:
1. In each dwelling unit containing a fuel-burning appliance.
2. For a building containing multiple dwelling units, in each dwelling unit located on the same floor level as a fuel-burning appliance.
3. For a building containing multiple dwelling units, in each dwelling unit located on the first and second floor levels of the building above a floor level containing a fuel-burning appliance.
4. In each dwelling unit which contains an attached garage or where there are multiple dwellings on the same level as an attached garage.
Please note that “fuel-burning appliance” includes but is not limited to – furnaces, refrigerators, clothes dryers, water heaters, boilers, fireplaces, wood stoves, charcoal grills, gas ranges and space heaters, which are fueled by flammable fuels such as: natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, gasoline, wood and charcoal.
- What is the best type of smoke alarm?
- There is no simple answer to this question. The two types operate on different principles and therefore may respond differently to various conditions. Some advantages to each type are set out below:
· Fastest type to respond to flaming fires
· Lowest cost and most commonly sold
· Some models have a hush or temporary silence feature that allows silencing without removing the battery
· Some models are available with a long life battery
· Fastest type to respond to slow smoldering fires and white or grey smoke
· Less prone to nuisance alarms from cooking
Notwithstanding these differences, to achieve ULC listing, both alarms must be tested to the same standard and meet the same requirements. Photoelectric smoke alarms may respond slightly faster to smoldering fires, while ionization alarms respond slightly faster to flaming fires. Since you can't predict the type of fire that will occur, it is difficult to recommend which is best. Both alarms will detect all types of fires that commonly occur in the home. Installing both types of smoke alarms in your home can enhance fire safety.
- How many smoke alarms do I need in my house?
- In the City of Brantford you are required to have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.
The law says…
The Ontario Fire Code requires a working smoke alarm to be installed between each sleeping area and the remainder of the dwelling unit, and minimum one on each storey.
Always remember that a smoke alarm should be installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions that accompanied the device. A properly maintained and tested smoke alarm is the best insurance your family can have!
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call the Fire Prevention Division at 519-752-0540.
- How can I get my fire extinguisher refilled?
- You can contact a fire protection company found in the yellow pages.
- How often should I test my smoke alarms?
- You should test your smoke alarms at least once every month.
- Are outdoor fireplaces permitted in the City of Brantford?
- We have received numerous telephone calls from homeowners regarding the use of various types of outdoor fireplaces, chimineas, portable fire pits, and fire rings.
Products of this type are deemed to be contravening Sec. 220.127.116.11.(1) of the Ontario Fire Code O. Reg 213/07 which states that "Open air burning shall not be permitted unless approved, or unless such burning consists of a small, confined fire, supervised at all times, and used to cook food on a grill or a barbecue."
Bonfires, burning of garden waste/rubbish and recreational fires are not permitted in the City of Brantford.
Please understand that the Brantford Fire Department cannot prohibit the sale of these products as they may be allowed in other jurisdictions.
For further Information please contact the Brantford Fire Department at 519-752-0540.
- Can I have a campfire in my backyard?
- The answer to this is "NO"; the City of Brantford does not allow recreational fires.
Sec. 18.104.22.168.(1) of the Ontario Fire Code O. Reg 213/07 states that, "Open air burning shall not be permitted unless approved, or unless such burning consists of a small, confined fire, supervised at all times, and is used to cook food on a grill or a barbecue." This means that you can use a small-contained fire with a grill to cook food on. However, once the food is cooked the fire must be extinguished.
- Is the Brantford Fire Department hiring?
- Check the City of Brantford website for all current job postings in our RESIDENTS section under Working & Learning then Jobs & Careers
- What is Retrofit?
- There are two main Retrofit Sections of the Ontario Fire Code which landlords will be required to comply with: Retrofit Section 9.5; dealing with low rise residential buildings, any building from a triplex up to and including a six storey building and Retrofit Section 9.8; dealing with duplex dwellings.
The retrofit provisions are based on a minimum level of life safety for occupants of existing buildings and is the responsibility of the owner of the property to ensure compliance with the retrofit regulation and requirements. The owner must also confirm that the property complies with zoning and other applicable bylaws.
Should you require additional clarification or if you have further questions please call 519-752-0540 for assistance.
- What qualifications do you need to be hired as a City of Brantford Fire Fighter?
- BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: The following are required to apply for a position with the Brantford Fire Department. The Brantford Fire Department reserves the right to revise or make changes to the list of basic requirements as needed.
· Proof of grade 12 diploma or equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education
· Ability to verbally communicate in the English language
· Completion and submission of the Municipality's application form and a resume
· Valid driver's license to operate a vehicle in Ontario without supervision
· Documented evidence of current CPR and First Aid Certificates, or proof of enrollment
· Legally entitled to work in Canada
· Able to meet medical and physical standards required for this position
Please contact the City of Brantford Human Resources Department at 519-759-4150 or at www.brantford.ca should you have any additional questions.
For a current list of endorsed programs, courses, and workshops relating to the Fire Service: Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs ( http://www.oafc.on.ca/oneitem.asp?itemcode=OAFC-EDU-ECC )or The Office of the Fire Marshal ( http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca/english/Education/becomefirefighter.asp )
For further information about the Occupation Specific Fitness, Vision and Hearing Assessment for Firefighter Applicants, please contact: York University at 416-736-5794, Brock University at 905-688-5550 ext. 5070, or the University of Waterloo at 519-885-1211 ext. 6841.
Thank you again for your interest in employment opportunities with the Brantford Fire Department. Since we do not accept unsolicited resumes, we recommend that you check our web site periodically as we will post any recruitment information once positions become available.
- How do I arrange a tour of the fire station?
- To arrange a tour of one of the four fire stations please call the Platoon Chief at 519-752-4346.
The Fire Department provides fire hall tours to preschool children, Brownies and Beavers groups, etc. These tours provide the Fire Department with a valuable opportunity to educate one of the high-risk groups within our community.
During tours children learn the importance of not playing with matches and lighters, knowing the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if they hear it, and to ‘stop, drop and roll' if their clothes catch on fire.
Don't forget to bring along a camera!