Fire Department

About Our Fire Department

The Assiginack Fire Department operates from a single Fire Station, with a crew of 15 Volunteer Firefighters and Officers. The women and men of our Fire Department are the very best our community has to offer and are proud to serve you with distinction and dedication. You will find information on Fire Safety and Fire Prevention planning in this section of the website.

Open Air Burning Policy


We’re always looking for a few good people to join our ranks. The department trains every Tuesday evening and members respond to alarms as they occur. All that is required is to be a minimum of 18 years of age, in good physical health with a current medical exam, have 24 hour transportation available and have a willingness to learn. All the training you require, from CPR and First Aid through your Class DZ driver’s license will be provided by the department. General recruitment starts with a meeting with the Fire Chief.

Our firefighters are covered under Workman’s Compensation from the Workers Safety and Insurance Board and receive a comprehensive On Duty Accident and Sickness Benefit coverage from Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services (VFIS). Our Volunteer Firefighters are compensated for their training and emergency responses based on the current fire fighters compensation chart with Corporation of the Township of Assiginack.

As the Fire Chief, you have my word that becoming an Assiginack Volunteer Firefighter will be the hardest but most satisfying lifestyle choice you will ever embark upon. Please ensure that both you and your family are committed to this adventure.

Emergency Management

Every municipality, regardless of size and location, can be seriously disrupted by an emergency. This could take the form of a severe storm, flood, fire, train derailment or similar disaster. The Township of Assiginack is part of the Manitoulin Sector of Emergency Management Ontario.

The Township of Assiginack has been working diligently to implement and maintain its Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Our ERP is approved by our Municipal Council and has been reviewed by the Province of Ontario; and is reviewed and updated annually. Your Community Emergency Management Coordinator, BJ Lafleur, in cooperation with the Office of The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, have made available, brochures with valuable information to help prepare yourself for any disaster or situation. These brochures may be picked up at the Assiginack Municipal Office during regular business hours.  You may also view the following brochures online:

Visit the Ontario #BePrepared website by clicking the banner for more Emergency Information: