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Fire and Emergency Services

Welcome to the Otonabee-South Monaghan Department of Fire and Emergency Services proudly protecting lives, property and the environment for people living, working, visiting and travelling within our community. The Fire Department is directed by full-time Fire Chief Ted Bryan. We are a volunteer department serving our community with 82 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers and staff.  

Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of the Otonabee-South Monaghan Fire Department is to take action to protect, extinguish, and/or rescue citizens and/or property from threats to health, the effects of natural or manmade events or disaster, and in particular, a fire, if started, that would endanger the health and safety of any person, quality of the natural environment or any use that can be made of it.

Telephone Contact Information

Administration Office, Non-Emergency

Telephone: 705.295.6880 9-1-1 (for all areas)
Fax: 705.295.6786 Station 1 & Hiawatha Response Areas 705.295.6811
Administration Office Hours: Station 2 Response Areas  705.745.3341
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Station 3 Response Areas 705.743.3341
Ted Bryan, Fire Chief Email: Ted


Ned Foley, Municipal Enforcement and

Emergency Services Officer (MEESO)

Email: Ned 
Cara Wood, Administrative Assistant Email: Cara  













Product Recall - certain types of Kidde Combination CO/Smoke alarms

Please click here for specific details.



Peterborough County Cattlemen donate $8,400.00 with $4,200.00 to the Otonabee-South Monaghan Fire Department Equipment Committee Fund

To view the complete news release, please click here


Enbridge donates $10,000 to Station 4 and Hiawatha First Nation

To view the complete news release, please click here


Ontario Power Generation (OPG) donates $5,000 to Station 4 and Hiawatha First Nation

To view the complete news release, please click here



Application Form and Volunteering Information:

Volunteer Firefighter Application Form (PDF)

Public Education:


Fire Prevention Week is Sunday, October 4 - Saturday, October 10, 2015

Kids! Get your parents to help you test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your house.

Then go to  between October 5-18th and enter the number of alarms you have tested.

The number will be added to the TVOKids “Push 2 Buttons!” counter.

You will also be able to print a special certificate.


For some added fun, has a great online and interactive fire safety game for children 11 and under.

Hot Spot or Not encourages you to identify fire safety hazards in a house or apartment, room by room.



Carbon Monoxide information



For more information on specific requirements for carbon monoxide alarms, please visit the following website:


Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management



If you have any questions or require assistance with your smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms, please call the Fire Department Administration Office at 705-295-6880.


Departmental Information

Fire and Emergency Services provided include:

  • Structural firefighting, including limited internal rescue & fire attack, in accordance with the fire department's level of training, standard operating guidelines, Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines and the number and type of personnel and equipment available to the department on each specific emergency response

  • Emergency response to water access properties including islands and to those propertied accessed via rivate roads, private lanes or private driveways subject to the limitations, as set out in Appendix B of the Establishing and Regulating By-Law 2010-49

  • Vehicle firefighting

  • Grass, brush firefighting

  • Marine firefighting - defensive only

  • Basic medical assist with defibrillation

  • Awareness level hazardous materials

  • Vehicle accidents and extrication

  • Water and ice rescue - boat go based

  • Public Assistance and other agencies assistance

  • High angle, confined space and trench rescues - awareness only

  • Mutual Aid and Automatic Aid

  • Participation in the community emergency plan

  • Fire protection agreements and joint services agreements

  • Review of Propane Facility "Risk and Safety Management Plans" as set out in Ontario Regulation 440/08


Related Documents
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services Establishing & Regulating By-Law 2010-49 (PDF

  • Tariff of Fees By-Law (Fire) 2011-11 (PDF

Station 1

Located at 21 Third Street, in the village of Keene,

across from the Township Office.

Responding Personnel (27)

Fire and Rescue Response Equipment and Apparatus

  • Rescue Vehicle

  • Pumper Truck

  • Tanker Truck

  • Fire and Rescue Boat

  • ATV 6x6




Station 2

Located at 2016 Bensfort Road.

Responding Personnel (20)

Fire and Rescue Response Equipment and Apparatus

  • Rescue Vehicle

  • Pumper Truck

  • Tanker Truck

  • Fire and Rescue Boat



Station 3

Located at 535 Third Line, South Monaghan Ward.

Responding Personnel (16)

Fire and Rescue Response Equipment and Apparatus

  • Rescue Vehicle

  • Pumper Truck

  • Tanker Truck

  • Fire and Rescue Boat



George P. Cowie, Sr. Emergency Management
Service Building - Station 4

Located at 411 Hiawatha Line

Responding Personnel (19)

Medical Response Equipment and Apparatus

  • Rescue Vehicle

  • Pumper Truck

  • Tanker Truck



Emergency Management & Emergency Preparedness (click here)


Fire Department FAQ's

Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please don't hesitate to contact the Fire Department Administration Office at 705.295.6880.


  • How do I obtain a burn permit?
    Burn permits may be obtained at the Township Office, at 20 Third Street during regular business hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

  • Can anyone obtain a burn permit?
    Burn permits shall only be issued to the property owner, and shall only be issued to those properties within the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan that are large enough to maintain a 150 meter radius between the fire and any other buildings.

  • How long is my burn permit valid for?
    A burn permit is valid for the calendar year it is issued in. All burn permits expire on December 31 of the calendar year they are issued in. 

  • How big can the fire be, when I am burning using my burn permit?
    Burn permit limitations fall within By-Law 2010-50 (PDF). Fires shall not be more than one (1) cubic meter of material burning at one time.

  • Can I burn anywhere on my property with my burn permit?
    All fires (while using a burn permit) shall be at least 150 meters (500 feet) from any builiding; on the propert owners property or a neighbouring property.

  • Can I burn anything while using my burn permit?
    The only material permited to be burned while using a burn permit shall be limited to wood or wood by-products.

  • When can I burn without a burn permit?
    Burning is not authorized without a permit at any time.
    Residents are able to have cooking fires, but must ensure the fire pit is confined with a boundary (such as rocks) and must have a grate over top of the fire, as well as a means of extinguishing the fire prior to leaving the area.

  • Can I burn in a burn barrel?
    Burning in a burn barrel is not permitted within the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan.



  • My insurance company wants to know how far my home is from the nearest fire station. How do I find out?
    Please call the fire administration office, at 705.295.6880, during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm) and the office administration will be more than happy to help you with this information.

  • My insurance company needs a copy of the Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation. How do obtain a copy?
    You may obtain a copy at this link: Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation letter (PDF), or you can contact the Administration Office at 705.295.6880, and the Fire Department Administrative Assistant can provide you, or your insurance company with a copy of the letter.
    In addition to the accreditation letter, each of the 4 fire stations have been accredited. Copies of these certificates are listed below.

    • OSM Fire Station 1 located at 21 Third Street, Keene (click here)

    • OSM Fire Station 2 located at 2016 Bensfort Road, Peterborough (click here)

    • OSM Fire Station 3 located at 535 Third Line, Bailieboro (click here)

    • OSM Fire Station 4 located at 411 Hiawatha Line, Hiawatha First Nation (click here)

Please contact the Fire Department Administration office if you have any questions pertaining to the above information. 705-295-6880

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