Fire Service History
The fire department providing protection to the residents of our community can trace its roots back to the mid-1800s to the fire brigades of Acton and Georgetown. In those days, residents of our community stood shoulder to shoulder to protect the community from the ravages of fire. In the years between then and now, a rich heritage of service was forged - a tradition that continues to this day.
The Halton Hills Fire Protection and Prevention Services of today is a modern, well-equipped composite fire department, staffed by twenty-four (24) full-time, and ninety (90) part time members who hold true to the value of "service before self" as established by their forefathers. Today, the fire department responds to almost 800 emergencies annually in a geographic area of 150 square kilometers. Protecting a population of more than 55,000 persons, the department utilizes a unique service delivery model that places a great deal of emphasis on fire prevention and public education. Prevention is without doubt the most effective means to community protection in today's place and time.
Education and prevention programs supported by dedicated emergency responders assures our community of the best possible service today and builds towards a safe and secure future. Emergency operations include the provision of limited emergency medical services, specialized rescue services, hazardous materials response and of course, traditional fire suppression duties. A large number of emergencies the fire department responds to annually in Halton Hills involve the needs of specialized training. Halton Hills Fire Protection and Prevention Services is equipped with four specialized teams. The teams, that endure several extra hours of specialized training include, Collision Rescue, Emergency Patient Care, Hazardous Materials Response and the Technical Rescue Team. The fire department operates two fire stations equipped with a variety of response related equipment including pumpers, heavy rescue units, water tankers (for rural fire fighting operations), an aerial, and several quick response units known as "Squads".