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To Report an Emergency Dial 911
West Nipissing Fire Service

Fire Chief Frank Loeffen
225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON
P2B 1T1
Tel: (705) 753-1171 Non-emergency
Fax: (705) 753-6935


Is Your Cottage Fire Safe?

Here are links to resources to help you determine how safe your cottage is and what you can do to improve the protection of your cottage from fires.

FireSmart Ontario

FireSmart for homeowners

Cottagers and Campers

Important information regarding outdoor fires and burning brush can be accessed with the following links:

Outdoor Fire Restrictions

Outdoor Fire Rules and Permits

How to Burn Grass and Woody Debris

Firefighting – Upgraded Equipment


At the 2011 Annual General Meeting, the UFRCA membership approved two motions passed previously by the Board of Directors to assist both Riverview Cottages and Sandy Haven in upgrading their fire-fighting equipment.
For years, Leonard Dokis was always the primary first responder for emergencies, on the river. We are forever grateful to Leonard for his service to Upper French River cottagers. In the past few years, Todd Thomas has been assuming that role in the Sandy Island area. We are also grateful to Todd for his service to cottagers.  We will be working closely with Riverview and Sandy Haven to update emergency preparedness on the Upper French. More information to follow.
It should be noted that the response from Sandy Haven by Todd and many others to the fire on August 10, 2010 (see below), did not go unnoticed by the West Nipissing Fire Department. As a result of the successful efforts in containing the fire with less than professional equipment, the WNFD has provided a state-of-the-art WAJAX pump and hose that will be stored at Sandy Haven during their summer operating season.
At the 2011 Board of Directors , the Board also committed to upgrading its own fire pump which is stored at Walter Harley’s cottage on Elliot Island. We will be purchasing 50 feet of additional hose for the pump.

A current list as of April 2024 of available water pumps can be seen HERE.

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