Emergency & Fire Services

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On July 9, 2018, the Township of Minden Hills issued a complete Fire Ban. The Fire Ban applies to all outdoor burning, including campfires, agricultural burns, fireworks, flying lanterns, brush pile burns, contained fires or any open flames. These are all considered open air burning and are prohibited during a Fire Ban.

Township of Minden Hills property owners may be subject to fees associated with Fire Service response to fires found to be caused by violations of the Fire Ban, as identified in the Fees and Charges By-law 18-62. The minimum fee for fire service response is $459.00.

Fees may also include any and all resources required to mitigate fires found to be caused by violations of the fire ban, including but not limited to Ministry of Natural Recourses and Forestry costs incurred by the Township.

Daytime burn permits will not be issued until further notice. Any fire permits previously issued are no longer valid.

Please be aware that any spark could cause a fire – be vigilant with discarding cigarette butts, matches and other items that can cause a spark and/or fire.

There are no exceptions for cooking or warmth unless preparing your meal on a propane barbeque.

Smoke Drift from Forest Fires

The persistent forest fires in Ontario may result in smoke and haze drifting into some communities and the smell of smoke may be apparent. Smoke Forecast mapping can be viewed at FireSmoke.ca

Please also visit our Newsroom at www.mindenhills.ca/newsroom for up to date media releases.

Contact Information:

Interim Fire Chief Mike Bekking 705-286-1202
General Clerical Assistant Deanna Smith 705-286-1260 ext 212
Minden Hills Fire Station 12418 Highway 35 North 705-286-1202
Mailing Address P.O. Box 359 Minden ON, K0M 2K0


Non-Emergency Contact Numbers:

Police (TTY/Teletypewriter) 12598 Hwy 35 1-888-310-1133
Emergency Medical Services
6 South Street, Haliburton ON, K0M 1S0
Administration T: 705-457-1616
F: 705-457-1203
Hydro One T:1-800-434-1235
Poison Information Centre 1-800-268-9017


New Fire Hall

June 30, 2018 – The public is invited to an Open House and BBQ at the New Minden Hills Fire Hall, at 12418 Highway #35 on Saturday June 30, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

The Township is also inviting all past and present Volunteer Firefighters, Captains, Deputy Chiefs, Chiefs and other stakeholders to join the current department for a VIP group photo in front of the old Fire Hall in downtown Minden at 1:00 pm, immediately followed by a Private Tour of the New Hall for a “sneak peek” before the public open house.

During the Open House, everyone is welcome to sign the Fire Department’s Book of Memories and share a favourite memory, tidbit or anecdote.Minden Hills new Fire Hall with bay doors open showing trucks inside
Enjoy a burger or hot dog with all the fixings, provided by the Minden Hills Volunteer Fire Department.

RVSP’s are encouraged. Please contact Deanna Smith at dsmith@mindenhills.ca




Apr 6, 2018 – Construction on the new Fire Hall continues. Crews have completed the majority of the electrical, pumping and insulation work with the exception of fixture installation. Overhead doors have also been installed. Work on the drywall, exterior siding and fixture installation is ongoing. Occupancy of the new Fire Hall is slated for late April

Minden Hills Fire Hall under construction along Highway 35







Nov 3, 2017 – The excavation, footings and foundation walls are now complete. The electrical and plumbing services have been roughed in and the exterior framing is nearing completion. Radiant floor heating is being installed and the roof trusses are next on the schedule.





July 21, 2017 – Members of Minden Hills Council, Fire Chief Doug Schell and representatives from Greystone broke ground on Friday July 21, 2017 for the new Minden Hills Fire Hall. The new Hall will be located on Highway 35, next to the EMS building.






Hydro One Service Disruptions

For up to date information on Hydro One Service Disruptions in Ontario, visit the Hydro One Storm Center. You can also sign up to receive outage alerts at www.hydroone.com/register.

Volunteer Fire Department

The Minden Fire Department is a volunteer department staffed by a Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, 3 captains, 22 firefighters, a Training Officer and an General Clerical Assistant.  The Minden Hills Fire Department is comprised of dedicated men and women who volunteer their time to serve their communities within our township. Each firefighter wears a pager and is on-call at all times. All firefighters work to provincial standards of education, training and licenses.  Firefighters attend bi-weekly training sessions, focusing on practical firefighting skills and the proper use and maintenance of equipment.

Education is the key in fire prevention; our department strives to deliver this information in an exciting and professional manner by granting exposure to the fire trucks, fire gear, by promoting the importance of smoke detectors and a strong understanding of practicing good safety habits in Fire Prevention.  Each year the Fire Department has many opportunities to promote Fire Prevention & Safety within the community and looks forward to participating in those activities as it is important for all ages to gain knowledge and discuss fire prevention and safety.

The Fire Department is involved in many activities in the community promoting Fire Prevention and Safety awareness, giving the community and seasonal visitors a chance to talk to firefighters, ask questions and participate in fundraising for the Department.

Equipment Roster

The Minden Fire Department has 5 trucks in service for responding to emergencies:

1997 Rescue Truck                                          1995 Pumper Truck
2008 Tanker/Pumper                                        2002 Ford Extenda Cab Truck
2011 Pierce Custom Pumper

The Minden Fire Department also has auxiliary equipment for use in snow, water and off-road search and rescue:

1999 Ski-Doo Tundra Snowmobile                 2003 Bombardier Traxter ATV
Rescue Boggan Sleigh with Wheel Kit Jon Boat & Trailer

Fire Restrictions

From April 1st to October 31st in any year is considered fire season. No person shall start a fire outdoors during the fire season for the purpose of burning piled wood, brush, leaves or discarded wood products unless:

a) a responsible person is available to tend the fire until it is extinguished;
b) the material is burned in a single pile that is less than two (2) metres in diameter and less than two (2) metres high;
c) the fire is started not earlier than two (2) hours before sunset, and is extinguished not later than two (2) hours after sunrise the following day, or earlier;
d) the fire is at least two (2) metres from any flammable materials;
e) the person tending the fire has tools or water adequate to contain the fire within the fire site;

Any persons setting an outdoor fire shall be responsible for any damage to property or injury to persons, and be liable for all costs incurred by the Fire Department. Contravention of these restrictions will result in fines.

A total ban against outdoor burning may be declared when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances warrant it. Such a ban will be posted at various locations in the township and area businesses. It is YOUR responsibility to be aware of fire bans.