Fire & Emergency Services

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For Questions Contact:
Greg Vandenheuvel |
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Fire Chief
gregv [at]
Judy Gratton |
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Administrative Assistant
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North Middlesex Fire Department

The Fire Department is comprised of one Fire Chief, one Deputy Fire Chief, two District Chiefs, one Chief of Training, two Captain/Trainers, six Captains and approximately forty firefighters. Each station is divided into squads of firefighters, each reporting to one Captain.  The Fire Department responds to approximately 100 calls per year. The apparatus includes two fire engines, two tankers, two rescue units and two pickup trucks.

The municipal fire service is divided into two districts and operates a fire station in both Ailsa Craig (159 William St, Ailsa Craig) and Parkhill (194 Parkhill Main St, Parkhill).  The Municipality also purchases fire services under a fire protection agreement for an outlying area and is part of the Province of Ontario Mutual Aid plan.

Firefighter Recruitment- Now Open

The North Middlesex Fire Department is recruiting for Fall 2022. To learn more, please visit the link below. Should you have any inquiries regarding firefighter recruitment they can be made through the Fire Chief.

Fire Recruitment 2022

Open Air Burns
  • Controlled burns need to be approved by the Fire Chief  prior to burning.
  • Please contact Greg Vandenheuvel at 519-294-6244 ext 235, or 519-494-6001 (cell).
  • Open Burns regulations and fine schedule are subject to our [Open Air Burn By-Law}
  • Please allow up to 24 hours for a return call and permission to burn.
  • Please have the 911 address of the location of the burn.
  • You are required to contact Fire Dispatch in Strathroy at 519-245-1300 or 1-844-220-1300 before the burn, and when the fire is out.

For more information view

By-Law 78 of 2020- Open Fire


Fire Prevention services, including public education, inspection, enforcement and fire scene assessment, are contracted to the Municipality of Middlesex Centre. North Middlesex firefighters also deliver fire prevention public education initiatives within their respective districts.

Fire Inspection Services & 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 the Municipality of Middlesex Centre's online form or by contacting the Fire Inspection Officer
Emergency Management

In accordance with the Emergency Management Act RSO 1990, Chapter E. 9 as amended, the municipality is required to conform to standards set out by Emergency Management Ontario in accordance with international best practices, including the four core components of emergency management, namely: 

  • mitigation/prevention
  • preparedness
  • response and
  • recovery

Emergency Response Plan

Accessible emergency Preparedness Guide