Fire & Rescue Service
TOWN OF LINCOLN FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
The Administration for the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Service is located at the Town Municipal Office at 4800 South Service Road in Beamsville. Administrative issues can be addressed by contacting:
Fire Chief: Greg Hudson
(905) 563-8205 Ext. 253 (Office)
Deputy Fire Chief: Bill Blake
(905) 563-8205 Ext. 261 (Office)
Fire Prevention Officer: Trevor Doomernik
(905) 563-8205 Ext. 255 (Office)
The Lincoln Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Department provides a wide range of emergency responses, from fire fighting to rescue to medical response. Each of our 4 stations respond with a life saving defibrillator and an assortment of rescue and fire fighting equipment. Our firefighters are fully trained according to the Ontario Firefighter Curriculum, including fire fighting techniques, rescue, hazardous materials, first aid, cardio pulmonary resuscitation, and defibrillation.
Staff and Equipment Makeup
The Lincoln Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Department is a composite fire department with 98 volunteers for suppression, a full-time Fire Prevention Officer, Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Chief. Administration Offices are located at Town Hall. The fire department operates 4 fire stations located strategically throughout the Town that house 1 aerial ladder track, 1 heavy rescue truck, 3 tankers, 4 pumpers and 3 medical squads equipped with specialized emergency equipment.
The Lincoln Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Department provides a wide range of fire prevention programs from public education to code enforcement. The fire prevention office provides fire safety inspections, fire investigations to determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions, plans examinations, and public education.
Open Air Burning
An “open air fire” is defined as a fire in any open place, yard, field or area which is not contained or enclosed by a building or structure, and includes agricultural fires, outdoor fireplaces and chimineas, bonfires, and campfires.
Open air burning in the Town of Lincoln is regulated by By-Law No. 07-78 and requires a valid Open Air Fire Permit. Permits are available from the Town of Lincoln Municipal Offices at 4800 South Service Road, Beamsville. There is a $15.00 application fee to cover administrative costs. There is no fee for a Farm Permits on lands zoned for agricultural purposes used for bona fide farming operations. Open Air Fire permits are valid for the calendar year, and expire on December 31 of each year.
Barbecues, gas-fired appliances, and fires of limited size covered by a metal screen or grate and used strictly for the purpose of cooking do not require an Open Air Fire Permit.
A summary of the rules for open air burning are printed on the back of the Open Air Fire Permit, and can be viewed here: Burn Permit Quick Reference
Please burn safely and responsibly. Setting or maintaining an open air fire without a permit, or in contravention of the By-Law is a violation of the Fire Code, which may result in prosecution and fines and/or imprisonment upon conviction. In addition, if the fire department is required to respond to extinguish an unlawful open air fire, cost recovery fees of $410 per vehicle dispatched for each hour or part will be charged.
Fire Lanes and Parking Bylaw
Be aware that there are enforced restrictions throughout the town related to public parking and fire lane access. Signs post where parking is disallowed related to general parking as well as fire lane access. Illegally parked vehicles that may impede timely and efficient emergency equipment access will be ticketed by By-Law Enforcement Officers.
Smoke Alarms are the single most important tool towards combating loss of life due to fires. These simple yet cost effective alarms have saved countless lives and millions of dollars in property loss. The installation and maintenance of these devices is essential in protecting your family. Additionally, the design, practice and use of a very basic fire safety plan in the event of a fire may be the difference between life and death. A working smoke alarm on every level of your home is required by Ontario law.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is produced by gas or oil furnaces, space and water heaters, clothes dryers, ovens, wood stoves and other household appliances that run on fuels such as wood, gas, oil or coal. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America.
Why is carbon monoxide so deadly?
When you inhale CO, it can cause brain damage, suffocation or death. Because you cannot see, smell or taste this deadly gas, poisoning can happen to anyone, any time, anywhere. Everyone is at risk but pregnant women, young children, senior citizens and people with heart and lung problems are at greater risk.
CO poisoning and the flu seem a lot alike at first. Early warning signs of low-level poisoning include tiredness, headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and shortness of breath. Your skin may also turn pink or red. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning and should call 9-1-1 as well as talk to your doctor.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide are not yet mandatory, but are strongly recommended. To protect your home, you should:
Install at least one carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home, especially outside sleeping areas. There are several types of detectors, including battery-operated and plug-in models. Install the carbon monoxide detector according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Have a qualified service technician inspect and clean your fuel-burning appliances, furnace, vent pipe and chimney flues once a year. Birds’nests, twigs and old mortar in chimneys can block proper ventilation and lead to build-up of carbon monoxide gas in the home.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Maintenance
Test your carbon monoxide detector regularly to make sure it is operating properly. The owner’s manual should tell you how to test your alarm. Remember to check the manual for information on when to buy a new carbon monoxide detector.
What should you do if the Carbon Monoxide Detector alarm sounds?
If the detector sounds, you and all members of your household should leave your home immediately. From outside the home, call 9-1-1. Don’t go back inside until the problem has been found and corrected. Fire Service personnel will inspect your home to find the source of the carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide Detector False Alarms
Homeowners should be aware that CO detectors are likely to begin producing false readings after have been in use for a period of several years. These false alarms are due to the fact that the sensing module within the detector begins to absorb CO from the moment that the detector is installed. The amount of accumulation of CO within the detector module is dependent on a variety of factors including whether or not occupants smoke or whether there is entry access to the garage from within the home. CO from operation of a vehicle will enter the house from the garage as the door is opened and will be picked up and accumulated by the sensing module within the detector.
It is recommended that CO detectors be replaced after five (5) years of service even though the detector may not be producing false alarms.
Obtaining a Fire Incident Report
After a fire occurs, property owners, tenants, insurance companies, or other parties may request a copy of the Fire Incident Report to verify that the fire did indeed occur. The report contains a summary of basic information pertaining to the incident that was collected in accordance with the reporting requirements of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.
To obtain a copy of a Fire Incident Report, a request must be made in writing to:
Town of Lincoln Fire Rescue & Emergency Services
4800 South Service Road,
Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B1
The request must include the following information:
ü Name and contact information of the person requesting the report
ü Municipal address of the property
ü Property owner name(s)
ü Date of the incident
In accordance with the Town of Lincoln Fees and Charges By-Law, there is currently a fee of $100 to obtain a Fire Incident Report. Payment of the prescribed fee must be provided with the request. Cheques should be made payable to the Town of Lincoln. Please do not mail cash.
The Fire Incident Report will be only provided to the owner of the property, and to agencies or individuals who provide proof that the owner authorizes the release of information to them. If the owner wishes another party to receive a copy of the Fire Incident Report, a completed Authorization To Release Information form should be attached to the request.
If information beyond that which is contained in the Fire Incident Report is required, or if the requestor does not have the consent of the property owner to obtain a copy of the report, access to information under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act may be requested by contacting the Director of Corporate Services/Clerk.
Lincoln Fire Rescue & Emergency Services is proud to have supported and be a part of Niagara College, Brock University, the Niagara Regional Fire Chiefs Association and the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association, Niagara Chapter with the Knowfire fire safety awareness program for young adults who are venturing out into the world on their own for the first time. For more information on this program please follow the link: Knowfire