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Fire Ban Lifted, Outdoor Burning Permits Re-Instated

May 29,  2018  With the recent improvement in weather conditions Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has lifted the City wide fire ban previously in place.  All valid outdoor burning permits have been reinstated.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds residents that any outdoor burning within the City of Thunder Bay requires a permit. Permits are valid for the calendar year in which they were purchased. Permit rules and regulations are strictly enforced and failure to obtain a permit or follow the permit rules will result in prosecution and fine.

 Kidde extinguishers

recall of kidde fire extinguishers 

Kidde recalls fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment. more

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Recall of Kidde Combination Smoke & CO Alarms

Kidde has announced a recall for its Nighthawk KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA Combo Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms more

 CO mandatory

Carbon monoxide alarms mandatory

It is now the law to have carbon monoxide alarms in residential homes in Ontario. Watch a three-part video series to help you "Get to Know CO" more       

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue

International Video Showcases Fire Rescue's Leading Practices

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has been recognized as a leading fire department in North America and was showcased in a film demonstrating its ground breaking initiatives, state-of-the-art technology and best practices. Watch the Video

From the Fire Chief

Fire Chief John Hay On behalf of Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, I would like to welcome you to our website. Our desire is to provide our citizens and visitors with information that is useful and beneficial to you, our customers.

I am honoured to serve the City of Thunder Bay as your Fire Rescue Chief. I was born and raised in Thunder Bay and I am proud to lead our team of passionate, dedicated firefighting personnel. Our committed and skilled firefighters are here to help you during your time of need. Whether it is a medical emergency, a fire, or reviewing building plans for proper fire suppression systems, we strive to perform professionally and competently to exceed the public’s expectations. Simply stated our personnel care deeply about their duty to serve.

It is also a privilege to work with the citizens of the Thunder Bay and to contribute to their overall safety. It is my commitment to always place the safety of our firefighters and citizens first. We are a department that effectively and consistently, saves lives, property and the environment. Our Fire Rescue service has identified a three pronged approach to a total community fire safety program:

  • Public Fire Safety Education
  • Emergency Fire Response, and
  • Fire Prevention Inspections and Code Enforcement under the Ontario Fire Code

We hope this website will assist you in becoming more aware of our efforts in these three areas and, most importantly, the fire safety measures you can take to protect your family and property.

Remember, working smoke alarms save lives and are the law. Be sure to test your smoke alarms often, and that your home has one on every level and outside all sleeping areas. Our In-service Home Inspections show Thunder Bay homes have a steadily improving compliance rate for smoke detectors, but smoke detectors are only the alert. Your actions after the alarm sounds are just as crucial. Please develop, and practice, a household Fire Escape Plan with all members of your family. The precious seconds a well practiced plan will save can make all the difference!

Thank you for your interest in Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and please, stay fire safe.


Chief John Hay Thunder Bay Fire Rescue