Fire & Rescue

Firehall and Roads Garage Building

Contact Information

1511 10th Side Road
P.O. Box 187
Richards Landing, ON P0R 1J0
Phone: (705) 246-2820
Mobile: (705) 987-1423
Fire Chief – Fraser Adams
Deputy Chief – Scott Gardiner

The Township of St. Joseph Fire & Rescue is operated by a contingent of approximately 20 trained volunteers. All members carry pagers and respond to calls all hours of the day and night, seven days a week throughout the year.

The department’s main equipment consists of one 800 gallon Pumper truck, one 1500 gallon Tanker and one Rescue vehicle.  Located on these vehicles is equipment for fire suppression, auto extrication and ice rescue.  Members receive training throughout the year on various firefighting and rescue techniques as well as participate in events and campaigns to provide Fire Prevention Education to residents of the their community.

The Township of St. Joseph Fire & Rescue is a member of Mutual Aid which provides for back up service by and for neighbouring municipalities.

In the event of an emergency the department can be activated by calling 911
In the event that you dial 9-1-1 for fire, police, ambulance or any emergency service and cannot get a response, there is an alternative.
Please keep this number handy near your telephone in the event of a 9-1-1 outage!

The Department is administered by a Chief, Deputy Chief and four Captains and is located on the edge of Richards Landing at 1511 10th Side Road.  If you would like more information, please call the Fire Hall at (705) 246-2820.


Fire Permits

Fire Permits are required for all outdoor burning between April 1 and October 31 each year.  During this period there may be times when the Fire Chief or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources find it necessary to institute a fire ban.  Any burning (even with a permit) will NOT be allowed at these times.

  • Should you be found burning outside of the terms of your fire permit you may be charged a fee of $200.  Should fire personnel and equipment be called to the scene, fees could increase to $410 per truck, per hour, plus any additional fees or fines issued by the Chief or Designate or other agency.
  • An individual convicted of an offence for contravention of the Ontario Fire Code is liable to a fine of not more than $50,000 or imprisonment for a term of no more than one year, or both.
  • An individual convicted of an offence may be held responsible for all costs associated with the extinguishing of the fire.
  • Should fire reach forested areas MNR water bombers can cost many thousands of dollars.

Open burning within the limits of The Township of St. Joseph is controlled by two sets of rules: Ontario Fire Code regulations; and The Township of St. Joseph permit conditions

Township of St. Joseph Fire Permit Conditions

  • Fire Permits must be obtained before burning
  • In the event of a fire ban, all fire permits are suspended until the ban is lifted
  • Materials to be burned are limited to wood or brush
  • Open air burning to allow no more than 1 cubic meter of material to be burned at any one time, unless approved by the Fire Chief or designate
  • Fire extinguishing equipment and adequate people to be on site at all times (brooms, water pumps, water hoses, pails, shovels, etc.)
  • Open air burning shall not begin before 6 p.m. and be extinguished before 6 am.
  • Open air burning is to be supervised at all times
  • Smoke is not to cause discomfort to persons or affect any properties
  • Fire is not to be set if wind speeds are greater than 15 km/hr.
  • Open fires are not allowed if they will cause any decrease of visibility on any road or highway
  • Open fires are not to be set closer than 30 meters or 100 feet from any building, uncleared land or other combustible material
There is no charge for fire permits, they can be obtained at the Municipal Office
1669 Arthur Street, Richards Landing
(705) 246-2625

MNR Flood Protocol
Tips for Freezing Conditions
Emergency Plan St Joseph Township Dec 2015

Please see these great resources for household emergency preparedness:

Seniors Emergency Plan

Emergency Kit List

Pets and Emergency Planning