Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Issues Fire Ban
April 2, 2020 – Effective at midnight tonight, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has issued a fire ban on all outdoor burning within the City of Thunder Bay. The ban on outdoor burning is consistent with the recent Ontario Ministry of 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 will result in prosecution and substantial fine. We appreciate the community’s cooperation and Thunder Bay Fire Rescue will advise when the fire ban and suspension of permits is lifted.



In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent social distancing policies, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue would like to communicate to the public the adjustments in which we will be operating.


1. Emergency response will not changeFire Stations are fully staffed and able to respond to any emergencies that the community might face. Our Fire Fighters will be instituting enhanced personal protective equipment protocols and procedures such as:

• Maintaining six feet of distance for initial assessment, when possible.

• Wearing additional PPE such as gowns and face shields on calls with suspected Covid-19 virus symptoms.


2. Fire Prevention and Inspection Services will have altered procedures:

• Fire Inspections for business licences have been temporarily put on hold.

• Fire Prevention Officers will be following up with customers via email or phone when possible to limit in person contact.

• Fire protection certificates and reports will be accepted electronically and reviewed remotely.

• Fire Prevention Officers are still responding to fire life safety concerns identified by public complaint or by discovery through fire crews.  


3. Fire stations are closed to the public.




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