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New fee for firefighters to respond to broken gas lines

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 09:35 AM

A growing number of calls involving homeowners and contractors hitting natural gas lines while digging has led to Thunder Bay Fire Rescue now charging to respond to this type of call.

If a homeowner or contractor has not requested a locate, and a gas line is severed or damaged, Fire Rescue will charge the current MTO Rate for each response vehicle that is sent to the specific call. The current fee is $543.03 per hour, per vehicle.

It’s the law for homeowners and contractors to have a utility line...

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Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Lifts Fire Ban - July 2023

Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 11:52 AM

Effective 4 pm today, July 11, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue will lift the fire ban. All recreational fire permits will be reinstated for burning starting at 5 pm this evening.

Lifting the ban is consistent with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests Restricted Fire Zone declaration which will also be lifted at 4 pm today.

Residents are reminded that all outdoor burning require permits in The City of Thunder Bay.

For more information on outdoor burning permits, visit

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Issues Fire Ban 2023`

Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2023 09:04 AM

Effective immediately, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has issued a fire ban on all outdoor open air burning within the City of Thunder Bay.

The ban on outdoor burning is consistent with the recent Ontario Ministry if Natural Resources and Forests Restricted Fire Zone declaration.

Residents are reminded that all outdoor burning permits are suspended when a fire ban is in effect.

Any outdoor burning during a fire ban may result in fines and other penalties.  The fire ban will be lifted when weather...

Thunder Bay Joins Province in Emergency Preparedness Week 2023

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 11:00 AM

This year, Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week takes place May 7- 13, with the theme of “Being Safe, Practiced and Prepared”.

“Nothing is more important than being safe, prepared and practiced,” said Dennis Brescacin, Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Thunder Bay. “Everyone can play a vital role in EP Week.”

Some of the ways to get involved include:

  • Learn about Ontario's Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan by visiting: www.ontario...

Mayor Terminates City’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 08:08 AM

Mayor Ken Boshcoff has issued an official declaration terminating the municipal emergency that began on April 23, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The decision to declare the emergency terminated, in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, was made in consultation with City Manager Norm Gale, members of the City’s Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janet De Mille.