Fire Chief urges residents to install smoke alarms and practice home fire escape plans

  • Warning - Scam hits North Bay


    North Bay Fire does not actively solicit citizens to set up appointments to check your smoke and CO alarms.  


  • Union Gas Supports North Bay Fire & Emergency Services with $2,000 Grant for Carbon Monoxide Alarms

    Union Gas Supports North Bay Fire & Emergency Services with $2,000 Grant for Carbon Monoxide Alarms


    North Bay, ON, Nov. 6, 2018 – Union Gas supports North Bay Fire & Emergency Services with a $2,000 grant to help protect members of the community from exposure to carbon monoxide.


    “Union Gas makes a conscious and daily commitment to keep our employees and our communities safe,” said Chris Ridler, field supervisor utility services, Union Gas. “We’re passionate about this commitment and very pleased to show our support to North Bay Fire & Emergency Services and their carbon monoxide alarm program which help keep the community safe.”


     “This generous donation from Union Gas will continue to assist us in providing protection to those most in need. We will be working with our community partners, Union Gas and the Hawkins Gignac Foundation to identify those in need and provide assistance through an appliance maintenance program as well as providing carbon monoxide alarms,” said Michael Bechard, deputy fire chief, North Bay Fire & Emergency Services. “Working together we are better equipped to keep the residents of North Bay informed and safe.”


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  • Wildfire Education in North Bay

    Firefighter Jim Daly will be assisting homeowners in North Bay to complete a wildland fire risk assessment (Fire Smart) of their property.  His focus will be on the wildland area and the wildland interface area of the community.   Homeowners completing the assessment will be given $5 off their 2019 open burning permit as an incentive and Thank You for helping to reduce the community fire risk.  To receive the discount property owners must bring in their completed assessment when renewing or obtaining a burning permit for the 2019 season.  For more information and a copy of the Fire Smart Risk Assessment Checklist see link below.



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  • Fire Chief urges residents to install smoke alarms and practice home fire escape plans

    North Bay, ON – February 17, 2017 – In the wake of a fatal fire in Brampton, Ont. on Tuesday, February 14, the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home. 


    It has not yet been determined if there were working smoke alarms in the fatal fire in Brampton.


    “Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Fire Chief Jason Whiteley. “The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.”


    Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape before a fire occurs.


    “We want to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in North Bay,” continued Chief Whiteley.


    Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:

    • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every story of your home according to manufacturer’s recommendations.  
    • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. 
    • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.


    Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:

    • Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible. 
    • All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use. 
    • If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
    • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for. 
    • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s home.
    • Practice your home fire escape plan.
    • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.


    For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:

    • Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
    • Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
    • Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.

  • Become a FireSmart Community

    FireSmart Canada

    Would you like your community to become a recognized FireSmart community? Find out more about the program.

  • Outdoor burning

    Effective January 1, 2015 the urban portion of North Bay will be allowed to burn with a permit.  

    Please see the Burning Permits and By-Laws section for more details.