OVER VIEW OF THE BRACEBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Bracebridge Fire Department provides the municipality with fire suppression, wild land firefighting, marine fire/rescue, awareness level hazardous materials responses, motor vehicle accident response, assistance to police and EMS, fire inspections and prevention, fire investigations and public education. There are two stations with a total staff of 45 personnel including three fulltime, three part time and 39 volunteer firefighters. All full and part time staff plus training and inspection activities are based out of Station One.
The Fire Department’s command structure is broken down into a full time Fire Chief, part time Deputy Chief, full time Chief Fire Prevention Officer, full time Chief Training Officer and six volunteer Platoon Captains. Two part time administrative staff handle clerical duties.
The Fire Prevention Department supervises code enforcement, fire investigations and public education with assistance from the volunteer firefighters.
Bracebridge Fire Department operates nine (9) pieces of road rolling stock and one (1) fire rescue/fire boat. Station One is home to one (1) pumper, one (10 rescue truck, one (1) ladder truck, two (2) tankers and two (2) 4X4 utility pickups. Station Two houses one (1) tanker and one (1) pumper. The boat is based at a local marina until freeze up and then removed and stored for the winter.
Dispatch services are provided by the Central Ambulance Communications Centre at Muskoka Ambulance. They receive the 911 calls and our staff is then alerted via pager system. Two radio repeater towers, one at each station, provide communication over our response area.
The Bracebridge Fire Department has formal written agreements with the neighbouring municipalities of Huntsville, Gravenhurst and the Township of Muskoka Lakes through the District of Muskoka’s Mutual Aid Plan to provide assistance on a reciprocal aid basis should any departments be faced with a major emergency requiring additional resources.