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Fire Department



Rick Richardson, Fire Chief

Mapleton Fire Rescue

Box 160

Drayton, ON  N0G 1P0

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519.638.3313 ext 20



Mapleton Fire/ Rescue is a Volunteer Fire Department that is committed to protecting the lives and property of the inhabitants of the Township of Mapleton from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature.

The Mapleton Fire/ Rescue Emergency Response provides fire suppression, medical aid, auto extrication, water rescue and confined space rescue. Our Department takes pride in protecting the community from fire, life-threatening emergencies and dangerous conditions, as well as, fire safety education.

If you have an EMERGENCY, do not wait! CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

We operate two fire stations:

Response Area

The Township of Mapleton is approximately 534 square kilometers with over 10,000 residents. This area is covered by 2 stations in Drayton & Moorefield and agreements with Wellington North for the Arthur area, Centre Wellington for the Alma area, Woolwich for the southeast portion of the township and Wellesley for the southwest portion of the township. This map shows you our response area.

Open Air Burning

Our Open Air Burning By-law states that any open air fires within the Township of Mapleton that exceed a ground area of 2 meters x 2 meters require a minimum of 24 hour prior notification to the Township by completing an Open Air Burning Notification Form online or obtaining a copy from the Municipal Office during normal business hours.

Forms must be submitted and received at the Township office during regular office hours:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, a minimum of 24 hours prior to your burn date. You will be notified by Township staff once your request is processed.

Burning is only permitted during daylight hours and controlled burns must not interfere with neighbouring properties or roadways, including smoke, ashes or embers. If you burn without notification and the fire/rescue trucks are dispatched you will be invoiced for the service.

Terms and conditions of this notification are set out on the notification form and the occupant will sign to acknowledge those terms and conditions are met. Our How to Build a Campfire document has been created to provide additional direction on building a safe camp or backyard fire.

Recruiting Information

Mapleton Fire/Rescue is comprised of 40 volunteer firefighters and 4 auxiliary members. Recruitment takes place in October every two years. The next recruitment will be in October 2016.

Each station of Mapleton Fire/Rescue has 20 Firefighters, 2 Auxiliary, a Deputy Chief and 4 Captains. Both stations are overseen by the Fire Chief.

Firefighters are required, by the Ontario Ministry of Labour to train frequently as they often work in hazardous areas where there is a greater risk of injury or accidents to themselves or to the public.

Recruits receive approximately 200 hours of training before they are able to respond to emergencies.

When the pager sounds, firefighters are expected to leave whatever they are doing in a moment’s notice to respond to emergency incidents, anytime of the day or night. Firefighters are paid for time at incidents, training sessions and equipment checks. Members of the department are expected to assist with public education and fire prevention at schools, service clubs and fire prevention days. Firefighters also volunteer their time to the Canada Day fireworks, Anthill Classic medical standby, provide assistance at the annual fall fair demolition derby, truck and tractor pull, boot toll for Muscular Dystrophy, pancake breakfast, turkey bingo, Santa Claus parade and other community events.

Successful candidates will be required to obtain a DZ endorsed driver’s license (training and costs provided by the department) and receive TwinRix shots for prevention of Hepatitis (department pays for shots). All firefighters participate in annual Provincial fitness testing. Applicants may be requested to provide a doctor’s physical examination certificate, driver’s abstract and/ or police check.

Benefits include pride in your community, as well as, compensation for time contributed. Uniforms are provided after second year of service.

Interested candidates should complete the Volunteer Mapleton Fire Department Firefighter Application and deliver it to Fire Chief Rick Richardson. Inquiries can be made to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 519.638.3313.

Mapleton Fire/Rescue 2016 Organizational Structure

Volunteer Firefighter Green Flashing Light 

When a call for help comes in, our personnel may be at their regular job, at the beach with the family or sleeping in the middle of the night, they drop what they are doing and immediately respond to the fire station.

Drivers in Ontario are familiar with the emergency red flashing lights and sirens on police cars, ambulance and fire trucks and know that they are required by the law to pull to the right and stop when they see or hear them coming. But not everyone is aware of the Volunteer Firefighter's Green Flashing Light.

When you see a vehicle with a green flashing light that is a volunteer firefighter responding to the station for a call. This light does not give them any special privileges. It is only used to identify them so that other drivers may give up their right-of-way and allow the firefighter to get to the station quicker so that they can help someone in need.

Superior Tanker Water Shuttle Service Accreditation

In 2012 the Mapleton Fire/ Rescue Department received their re-certification of the Superior Tanker Water Shuttle Service Accreditation.

The Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation is an alternative water supply for public fire protection for residences that are more than 300 m (1000 ft) from a fire hydrant and within 8 km (5 miles) of a fire station.

In the past residents paid a higher fire insurance premium for a residential property more than 300 m from a fire hydrant previously classified as a "Non-hydrant rate" and within 8 km of a fire hall.

Rural residents and any homeowners that are more than 300 m from a hydrant are encouraged to apply to their Insurance Company or Broker and advise them that the Township of Mapleton has Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation which may allow them to be eligible for a reduction in their fire insurance rates if they have not already done so.

Other Documents

Fees and Charges By-Law - Amended May 9, 2017 Consolidated

Open Air Burning Notification Form