Please take time to check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 1 meter away from heating equipment. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period, turn off stove. Ensure your family knows the best ways to get out of the home should a fire occur and discuss a family meeting spot for when you have safely exited the home. Residents are encouraged to visit www.firepreventionweek.org to get information on fire prevention and fire safety.
- Smoke Alarm Tips
- Escape Plan Safety tips
- RECRUITING FIRE FIGHTERS
Search and Rescue
- Educating the public about fire prevention
- Responding to hazardous material emergency situations
- Conducting inspections
- Responding to medial emergencies and motor vehicle accidents
You must be physically fit to handle the sustained, intense, physical effort often required to perform these duties.
Teamwork is everything, whether it is sharing routine tasks at the fire station or providing fire-fighting services at an emergency scene. Firefighters depend on each other to successfully perform their duties.
Fire fighting is not a 9-to-5 job. It is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week public service. It involves responding to emergency situations whenever required including nights, weekends and holidays.
The Town of Holyrood Fire Department trains every Monday night and welcomes anyone interested in becoming a Firefighter to drop by the station or contact the Holyrood Fire Department at 229-7278
Do you have an ADT Alarm System?
To serve you better in the event of an emergency, please register the civic address of your residence or business at which the ADT Security System is located. To register please contact the Town Office (709-229-7252)
Forest Fire Season
Residents Encouraged to Act Responsibly During Forest Fire Season
Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are reminded of the regulations that come into play with the start of the official forest fire season, which begins on the island May 1, and in Labrador, May 15.
“The privilege of using our forests for activities like camping, fishing and hiking brings with it the responsibility to take care of our resources,” said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency. “The official start of the forest fire season is an appropriate time to remind people to be vigilant when they are in the woods, and of the rules which come into effect in the interest of public safety.”
During forest fire season a permit to burn is required, at no cost, for lighting outdoor fires for the purpose of clearing land or burning brush within 300 metres of a forest. The lighting of fires for cooking and camping does not require a permit, but certain forest fire regulations must be followed. Permits and regulations can be obtained at the regional or district forest management offices around the province. A list of offices can be found. Information on the forest fire season is available.
The Provincial Government operates a fleet of six waterbombers and four light helicopters which are strategically situated around the province two in Gander and one each in Deer Lake, St. John’s, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Wabush – and available to respond should the need arise. If extra firefighting resources are required, the department will avail of the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement (MARS) that provides for the sharing of firefighting resources among provinces.
In 2011, the department’s fire suppression staff responded to 53 fires – 34 on the island portion of the province and 19 in Labrador. Approximately 593.8 hectares of forest area were burnt – 555.4 hectares in Labrador and 38.4 hectares on the island.
The Department of Natural Resources has seasonal forest firefighters stationed throughout the province. The number to report a fire is toll-free 1-866-709-FIRE (3473), and is available in all areas of the province during forest fire season. Holyrood Fire Department- Newsletter