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 Lawrence Swift, 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.

Fire

Volunteer Departments

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.

Burn Permits

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. 

 Fire Master Plan and Community Risk Assessment

Emergency Services Strategy and Solutions Inc. was retained by the Municipality of Lambton Shores to create a Community Risk Assessment (CRA) and a Fire Master Plan (FMP) for the municipality.

A CRA is a process of identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and prioritizing risks to public safety to allow the municipality to make informed decisions regarding the provision of fire protection services. The CRA must address the mandatory profiles listed by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM). Municipalities are required to address risk in their community and to have effective mitigation strategies in place by setting an 'Approved Level of service'.

The Fire Master Plan (FMP) is a companion document to the CRA as it examines the delivery of fire protection services in the community and provides an objective basis to support decision-making with respect to the provision of fire protection services while balancing fiscal impact. Additionally, the FMP provides recommendations to address the CRA Preferred Treatment Options, and provides for a ‘Level of Service’.

The FMP recommendations are focused on ensuring compliance with all legislative and regulatory requirements while incorporating current needs and projected future growth.

The recommendations are organized into seven (7) key areas:

  1. Administration (Fire Department Organization & Finances)
  2. Community Risk Assessment
  3. Fire Prevention and Public Education
  4. Fire Suppression
  5. Fire Dispatch
  6. Occupational Health and Safety
  7. Emergency Response”

 

View the Fire Master Plan

View the Community Risk Assessment

Police

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.

 

Emergency Services Strategy and Solutions Inc. was retained by the Municipality of Lambton Shores to create a Community Risk Assessment (CRA) and a Fire Master Plan (FMP) for the municipality.

A CRA is a process of identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and prioritizing risks to public safety to allow the municipality to make informed decisions regarding the provision of fire protection services. The CRA must address the mandatory profiles listed by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM). Municipalities are required to address risk in their community and to have effective mitigation strategies in place by setting an ‘Approved Level of service”.

 

The Fire Master Plan (FMP) is a companion document to the CRA as it examines the delivery of fire protection services in the community and provides an objective basis to support decision-making with respect to the provision of fire protection services while balancing fiscal impact. Additionally, the FMP provides recommendations to address the CRA Preferred Treatment Options, and provides for a ‘Level of Service’

The FMP recommendations are focused on ensuring compliance with all legislative and regulatory requirements while incorporating current needs and projected future growth.

The recommendations are organized into seven (7) key areas. They are:

1.       Administration (Fire Department Organization & Finances)

2.       Community Risk Assessment

3.       Fire Prevention and Public Education

4.       Fire Suppression

5.       Fire Dispatch

6.       Occupational Health and Safety

7.       Emergency Response”

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