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Burning Regulations

A Letter from the Fire Chief

The Calvin Township Fire Department, established in 1976, has one station located on the corner of Hwy 630 and Peddlers Drive, which houses 4 emergency vehicles (1 pumper truck, 2 tanker/pumper trucks, 1 rescue van). The department’s complement of 17 includes a Chief, Deputy Chief, 2 Captains, and 13 firefighters.

We, as members of the Calvin Fire Department, are proud of the service we provide to our community. We train hard to provide a safe, effective, and efficient response to assist people in all kinds of emergency situations.

Not everyone is suited to be a volunteer firefighter. Volunteers in “Emergency Services” are quite different from other volunteer groups. We deal with dangerous situations, life threatening incidents, and complex equipment. We are responsible ethically and legally to provide it. The level of commitment and dedication goes far beyond what most people think.

I am extremely proud of our firefighters and their accomplishments. We are a dynamic department that values our past and present accomplishments, and embraces the challenges of the future. We are committed to providing the residents of Calvin with the best service possible.

I am proud to be your Fire Chief to represent the fire service in this community. On behalf of all members of the Calvin Fire Department Services, I wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the community for their continued support.



Dean Maxwell
Fire Chief



Firefighting is both an art and a science and is best accomplished by safe, disciplined teams with special training and equipment, directed by Officers, utilizing procedures gained through study and experience.


Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of a firefighter are to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of the fire department’s response area.


Duties and Standards

A firefighter is expected to do the following:

  • operate and maintain fire equipment
  • perform auto extrication
  • perform fire ground operations
  • perform rescue operations
  • apply first aid/CPR
  • control hazardous materials
  • working at heights and confined spaces
  • participate in fire safety inspections
  • perform station duties
  • perform public relations/education
  • carry out communication duties
  • must perform all tasks in a professional manner and follow the code of conduct


What is Expected of Volunteer New Recruits?

As mentioned, Emergency Services are not like other fields of voluntary service – perhaps that is why being involved in Emergency Services is so special.

Emergency service volunteers tend to be action-oriented, highly dedicated, family and community oriented, self-motivated, team-players.  Your interest already demonstrates to us many of these characteristics.

Firefighters, whether on a full-time or on a volunteer basis, have roles and responsibilities that must be accepted long before considering responding to an alarm. Every firefighter owes it to themselves to be properly trained and educated on the ethical and legal requirements needed to maintain his/her safety, and to increase the public’s confidence in the department. As a new recruit, you will not be doing any of these things until you are ready! Training will be your focus, but it will not be long before you find yourself contributing to our efforts in ways you can only imagine! New persons to the department shall be on probation for a period of four months and you are expected to attend 60% of meetings.



Our team meets every Thursday evening, starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. These meetings may involve work on the apparatus and equipment, training, or practice sessions.

Throughout the year, we schedule additional training in conjunction with other fire departments outside of our township. We also on occasion bring in special instructors.

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be a person of good character
  • Be a good role model
  • Pass the aptitude and other tests required by the department.
  • Must be 18 years or older at time of application.
  • Have a valid G or DZ Ontario driver’s license at time of application.
  • Have a reliable means of getting to the fire hall, any time of day or night.
  • Must live or work in an area served by a volunteer fire station. 
  • Will be required to provide a criminal background check and a physical upon request from the Fire Chief.
  • Will be required to provide a Current Driver’s abstract.

The Calvin Fire Department Services may ask for additional qualifications when reviewing the application forms.

If you are interested in applying to the Volunteer Fire Department, please contact the Fire Chief, Dean Maxwell at 705-744-2700 to see if there are any vacancies in the department. Application forms will be accepted and kept on file for a period of 1 year. 

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