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Fire Services

Ocean Wave Fire Company has been keeping the Town Safe since 1875.

About Ocean Wave

It was in 1875 when the Town's present Fire Company replaced earlier, and temporary groups, as this community's fire fighting organization.
An attempt to form a Carleton Place Fire Company is of record as early as 1853, when the community had a population of five hundred. It was about 1868-1869 when the Company purchased a hand-pumper that required 40 men to work it. In order to give this unit a fair trial, the Renfrew Fire Brigade was invited to town.
They were a large, fine looking and proud, body of men. The trial took place on Central Bridge and as the men forced the breaks to cry of "heave her down", and as the great stream rose towards the sky and dam, the late James Murphy exclaimed with great rapture: "The Ocean Wave".
On that day, so well remembered, the Ocean Wave Fire Company was christened.
The hand-engine thus gave way to the steamer and the "sir John" was purchased. Later, yet another steamer was added to the Company's fire fighting arsenal. With a first-class water works system, and with Mort Brown's & Hawthorne Factory's auxiliary power, we stood second to none as a well-equipped town.
As the great steamers and hand-pumpers started to disappear, the Town purchased its first motorized fire truck. This truck was a Reo Speedwagon and was equipped with a specialized tank that used a chemical mix to develop the required pressure. 
The year was 1923, and since then, many fine trucks, some of which have been retired, have served this community faithfully. The Reo remains in the new Fire Hall, in full and proud working order. She has been honourably retired from active service and is now used for historic reference and parade duty.
The first Fire Hall was across from the present day Maple Leaf Dairy and this property was rented for $7.00 per month, for the period from 1st of December to the 1st of April. In 1902, the Company moved from Bridge Street to Mill Street and took up station in the Town Hall. The Company remained there until 1978, when a larger facility was built, further down Mill Street. In April of 1995, the Ocean Wave Company moved to its present site on Coleman Street.
Ocean Wave Fire Company is second to none, with only the best equipment, Officers and Firefighters, all who are volunteers, proudly and faithfully serving the community.

Mission Statement

The Ocean Wave Fire Company mission is to efficiently and professionally provide protection to the residents and visitors in The Town of Carleton Place. The fire department responds to many types of emergencies such as structure fires, vehicles fires, motor vehicles accidents, ice and water rescues, grass/bush fires, activated fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and many other emergencies and complaints.

It is the goal of Ocean Wave Fire Company  to efficiently and professionally provide protection and public education to the citizens and visitors in the Town of Carleton Place.


From time to time, the Town of Carleton Place seeks to hire qualified, committed volunteer (paid on call) firefighters to join our Ocean Wave Fire Company team.

Firefighting is a challenging, rewarding way to serve your community, learn new skills and enhance your personal development.

Persons interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter should regularly check the municipal website and other media outlets for notification of a recruitment campaign. Unfortunately, except for periods when we are actively recruiting, we are unable to accept applications or resumes.

**If you are moving to Carleton Place, and you are a fully-certified, active member of another fire department, we welcome you to contact us at any time to discuss a potential transfer to our team.

The Ocean Wave Fire Company is committed to diversity in our fire service and encourages applications from all citizens who meet the criteria.

Fire Prevention

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It’s the Law!
  • Working smoke alarms are required on every level of your home. Including basements and crawl spaces.
  • Working carbon monoxide alarms are required outside every sleeping area in your home if you have a fuel fired appliance in your home or attached garage.  

Cooking with Care

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags – away from your stovetop.
  • Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and lid handy. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on the oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don’t remove the lid until it is completely cool.

Healthy Heating

  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away form heating equipment.
  • Turn portable space heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

Candle with Caution

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches form anything that can burn.
  • Use sturdy, safe candle holders.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Always blow out candles when you leave a room.
  • Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting.

Car Seats

Our fire service does not provide assistance, advice or inspections of child car seats. Residents are advised to visit www.seatsforkids.ca for more information about car seat installation and best practices.