Fire Services

Who We Are

The Carleton Place Fire Department is staffed by a full-time Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, 2 Fire Prevention Officers and an Administrative Assistant. We currently have 23 volunteer paid on call firefighters.

Our Mission Statement

The Carleton Place Fire Department is dedicated to enhancing public safety by protecting life, property and the environment through public education, fire prevention and excellence in emergency response.

Our Vision

By continuing our tradition of professional emergency response, relentless dedication to training and education, continuous improvement and innovation, we will provide service excellence that exceeds expectations.

Our Values

Respect: We value the contributions of all who serve and appreciate the unique contributions that all bring as members of our team. We value diversity and are committed to build an organization that is reflective of the community we serve.

Teamwork: Our success is dependent on our ability to work as a cohesive, high performing team.

Excellence: We are committed to the continuous pursuit of excellence in all we do through training, innovation, and mentoring. We honour our traditions while welcoming ongoing change required to better serve the community.

Safety: We are dedicated to enhancing and sustaining a culture of safety. In all we do, our priority must be the safety of the public, our community and ourselves.

Accountable: We recognize that we are supported by public funds and are committed to delivering value in all we do. Our pride in what we do is reflected in the care and maintenance of our equipment and apparatus and our delivery of efficient and effective services. Our service model must reflect the needs of the community we serve and we must embrace changing technologies and methods that improve cost effective delivery of services.


Our Prevention and Public Education Division is responsible for:

  • Regular fire safety inspections of public buildings and hazardous operations
  • Enforcement of Ontario Fire Code requirements
  • Fire safety consultations for land clearing, development, building and occupancy issues
  • Pre-incident emergency response planning (including lock-boxes)
  • Emergency preparedness education
  • Fire and burn safety education

We provide the following Emergency Services:

  • Firefighting (structures, vehicles, bush, forest, flammable liquids/gases)
  • Rescue (structures, vehicles)
  • Medical assistance
  • Water and ice rescue
  • Mutual aid with all local emergency departments
  • Assessing and limiting exposure to hazardous material leaks and spills
  • Assessing and reporting environmental emergencies


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

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 Carleton Place Fire Department 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 for more information about car seat installation and best practices.