Emergency and Protective Services

We strive to keep our communities safe through emergency services, planning and preparedness through the many activities and departments listed below.

Emergency Management Plan

Emergency Management Plan The plan document is available in other accessible formats and with communication supports as soon as practicable and upon request.

If you have any questions or concerns about our emergency plan, please email Chris Martin, Community Emergency Management Coordinator.

The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act sets out requirements for the development, implementation, and maintenance of our emergency management program.

The Emergency Management Program Plan, based on elements contained in the Act focuses on supporting emergency preparedness and response activities. Requirements include the designation of an emergency management coordinator, the writing of an emergency response plan and the formation of a program committee. Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) monitors our compliance.

Emergency Management Program By-law

Our emergency management plan was developed and maintained in order to protect residents, businesses, and visitors. To do so, we require a coordinated emergency response by a number of agencies under the direction of the Emergency Control Group.

The Plan provides important information related to roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency. It enables a centralized, controlled, and coordinated response to emergencies and meets the legislated requirements of the Emergency Management Act.

Emergency Medical Services

Lambton County Emergency Medical Services provides emergency medical and ambulance services to Lambton Shores. We have 3 stations located in Lambton Shores:

  • Forest
  • Grand Bend
  • Thedford

Emergency Preparedness

EmergenciesLambton.ca includes information on a variety of topics including emergency preparedness and hazards in Lambton County.

In coordination with Emergency Management Ontario, we can provide the list of links below for information in preparing for, during and post emergency situations:

Emergency Operation Centre and Emergency Reception Centres

Our Emergency Operations Centre is located at our Northville Office. As outlined in the Emergency Management Plan, this is where the Emergency Operations Control Group will operate from during an emergency situation.

Also included in our Emergency Management Plan is the operation of five emergency reception centres. In the event of an emergency, these centres will be open to the public to provide shelter, food and medical aid.


We maintain and operate five volunteer fire departments. These departments are located in Arkona, Forest, Grand Bend, Northville and Thedford, and you can see them on the fire halls map. The continued commitment of our local volunteers provides Lambton Shores with great fire service.

In some cases, open air burns require a burn permit. You can find the application and information on fees, fines, and the Open Air Burn By-law on the Applications, Licences and Permits page. 


The Ontario Provincial Police provide 24 hour service to Lambton Shores residents through their Lambton Detachment.

The Lambton Group Police Services Board represents 9 member municipalities contracted with the province for municipal policing services by the Ontario Provincial Police.

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