EMERGENCY & FIRE SERVICES
In case of EMERGENCY
FIRE DEPARTMENTS - WELLINGTON NORTH FIRE SERVICES
The Township of Wellington North has two fire departments - one in Arthur and one in Mount Forest providing rapid response to all fire and emergency situations within the municipality. The total fire protection area covers 187 square miles with a population of approximately 12,000. Townships covered include parts of Normanby, Proton and Egremont, as well as parts of Arthur Township and West Luther (now Wellington North).
Arthur Fire Station – Non-Emergency: 519-848-3500
Mount Forest Fire Station – Non-Emergency: 519-323-1441
As General Information, there is BY-LAW for OPEN AIR BURNING, BY-LAW 38-12 in place in the Township of Wellington North. You may click on this link or get an OPEN AIR BURNING PERMIT APPLICATION at the Township Office in Kenilworth. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
Anyone requesting the services of the Police are asked to dial 1-888-310-1122.
The County of Wellington O.P.P. consists of four offices: Mount Forest, Palmerston, Fergus and Guelph. The Mount Forest office is responsible for policing the Township of Mapleton and the Township of Wellington North. The Administration Centre of the County of Wellington O.P.P. is located in Palmerston. The Communications Centre, which is responsible for dispatch and receiving calls for service, is currently located in the Mount Forest Office.
In 2009 the County of Wellington – OPP along with the provincial government announced funding for a new state-of-the-art Forensic Identification Unit for construction in Mount Forest. This project is proceeding as part of the OPP modernization project which will involve construction of 16 new OPP facilities across the province.
An emergency can be any situation or a threat of an emergency that is caused by some event, natural (tornado), technological (power outages), or human (September 11th terrorist attacks) that negatively affects the health, safety or property of a significant portion of the people in a community.
All municipalities, large or small, are vulnerable to major community emergencies such as tornadoes, floods, blizzards, and power outages. When an emergency of this scale does occur, local municipalities are usually the first level of government to respond.
Recent significant events, such as the 1998 ice storm, September 11th terrorist attacks, SARS and the August Power Outage have all contributed to the increased awareness and need for appropriate public safety measures.
Today, all levels of government, Federal, Provincial and Municipal, are taking steps to ensure proper emergency management programs are put in place.
The aim of Ontario’s emergency management program is to improve public safety and to promote disaster-resilient communities through increased public awareness and public education campaigns, and to create public confidence in a municipality’s ability to manage a major community emergency.
Your role in the Emergency Management Process
Preparing You and Your Family
Local municipalities are usually the first level of government to respond to a community emergency. However, many emergencies happen suddenly and without warning. It takes time to activate response efforts. During this time, there are things that you can do to protect yourself and your family should an emergency occur. In order to properly protect you and your family, you have to be prepared. If you are not injured or sick, you should be prepared to survive on your own for at least 72 hours without help. A 3 day survival kit is a good thing to put together and to have ready in case of a community emergency.
There are many sources of individual emergency preparedness information available to help you get started. The following links to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada will provide you with some good resources. Many of these brochures will be available at your local municipal office and other public facilities throughout the County.
- Be prepared, Not Scared
- Expect the Unexpected
- Floods / Severe Storms / Winter Power Failures /Winter Driving
The Aim of the Township of Wellington North Emergency Response Plan is to make provisions for the actions required to efficiently and effectively deploy the services necessary to address an emergency situation or event in order to safe guard the health, safety, welfare of inhabitants and the environment and economic vitality of the community.
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