Fire and Emergency
Established in 1922, the fire service has evolved over the years to better meet the needs of the community and the requirements of provincial legislation. The service focuses on two crucial responsibilities: Protection against fire and fire prevention.
The service operates only in response to calls for fires occurring within the limits of the Town of Hearst. As a member of the Mutual Aid Association of the District of Cochrane, the service can intervene in other municipalities, following the approval of the Mayor and the Fire Chief. The service will only respond to individual requests for services to fight against fires outside the city limits if:
- There is an immediate risk to human life;
- There is a significant risk of fire spread;
- There are hazardous materials involved;
- The operation is authorized by the Mayor.
However, the rescue unit of the Service will respond to motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies outside the city in need of specialized rescue equipment (jaws of life).
IF YOU DETECT FIRE IN A BUILDING, A CONTAINER, A VEHICLE OR ON LAND, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
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Other emergency services
The service also has a mandate to respond to other emergencies such as hazardous spills within the City.
Declaration of emergency
Under the Municipal Emergency Plan of the Town of Hearst, the main intervention team is the fire department. The fire chief or his designate is responsible for activating the Plan in whole or in part and the system of emergency declaration.