Fire Services

Dorchester Fire Department

Address: 2156 Dorchester Road, Dorchester, ON

Thorndale Fire Department

Address: 17198 Thorndale Road, Thorndale, ON. 

Open Air Burning

A permit is NOT required for backyard recreational fires

Open air burning is regulated within the municipality. Open air burning will only be conducted with approval of the Chief Fire Official and in accordance with the conditions set out in the Controlled Burn Permit for the Open Air Burning By-law.

Completed Burn Permit Applications can be returned in the following ways:

  • The Municipal Office at 4305 Hamilton Road, Dorchester (drop box is located to the left of the front door)
  • Email to
  • Fax 519-268-3928

Prior to lighting, please notify the Fire Chief (by text or call) at 519-719-8142. Once permission is granted, please call the Strathroy Caradoc Fire Services Dispatcher at 1-844-220-1300 before and after Open Air Burn.


Thames Centre has a fireworks by-law that outlines how and when fireworks are permitted to be discharged. 

Yield to Flashing Green Light - Firefighter

Within our municipality, we have volunteer firefighters who often use their own vehicles to travel to our halls when responding to emergency calls. These vehicles are sometimes equipped with flashing green lights that our volunteers will use to notify other drivers on the road that they are on route to an emergency.

The courtesy rule: pull over to let the volunteer firefighter pass when it is safe to do so. 

Volunteer firefighters traveling to an emergency have to abide by the Highway Traffic Act, meaning that they can not speed or drive through red lights. This tool is something that is used by volunteers across Ontario to help encourage others to allow the vehicle to pass where and when it safe to do so.

“Watch for Flashing Green Light” signage is being installed across the municipality to help spread awareness and clarity on the meaning behind the lights. 

Inspection Requests and Complaints

Middlesex Centre Fire Services offers fire safety inspections on a request and a complaint basis on behalf of the municipalities of Middlesex Centre, Thames Centre and North Middlesex.

It is the municipality's responsibility to ensure fire safety inspections are conducted upon complaint, request, and as necessary to meet the mandatory requirements of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) and associated regulations.

Inspection requests can be submitted through our online submission portal below or by contacting the fire inspection officer. 

Request a Fire Inspection


Complaints of a fire-specific nature can also be requested below. 

Submit a Fire Safety Complaint or Concern 


When submitting a request or complaint consider the following:

  • If your matter is about an emergency situation, call 911. 
  • Fire safety inspections are not usually completed on single family homes.
  • Complaints should be limited to specific fire safety concerns such as non-compliant open air burning.
Smoke Alarm Legislation

It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside sleeping areas.

Be sure that your street address number is clearly visible to fire/rescue workers.

It's important to hold family fire drills at least two times a year. If you have very young or elderly people in your home, assign someone to help them. If there's a fire, get everyone out of the home, then call the fire department. Make sure at least one window in every bedroom can be used for easy and fast escape in case of fire. Be careful not to overload electrical circuits. Lights that flicker or dim indicate trouble that must be corrected.

It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law.

If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of smoke alarms, contact your landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.

Failure to comply with the Fire Code Smoke Alarm Requirements could result in a ticket for $235.00 or a fine of up to $50,000.00 for individuals or $100,000.00 for corporations. 

When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement. Test your smoke alarms every month using the test button. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and whenever the low-battery warning chirps. Smoke alarms don’t last forever. Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are more than ten years old. Steam from the shower or cooking in the oven, stove or toaster can cause smoke alarms to activate. DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY. Instead, try moving the alarm to a different location, or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush feature that will temporarily silence the alarm. For further information about dealing with nuisance alarms, visit the Ontario Fire Marshal’s website.

New Fire Safety Resources

The Office of the Fire Marshal has produced new social media shareables and updated videos you can use to educate your communities about fire safety.


The social media shareables include fire safety messaging related to:


The updated videos include:


· Cacophony – cooking fire safety (French)

· Up in Smoke – cooking fire safety (French)

· Emily’s New Room – smoke alarms (French)

Flashing Green Lights

· Make it Stop – smoke alarms (French)


If you have any questions, please contact the OFM’s Public Education and Communications Unit.



For Questions Contact:

Tori Haffner

Job Title
Administrative Assistant Recreation & Fire
Community Services & Facilities
ext. 701