Fire and Rescue Services

Mission and services provided

The mission of Georgina Fire and Rescue Services is to provide the utmost professional and competent service through its commitment to quality and excellence in the community for residents and visitors.

Georgina Fire and Rescue Services provides a range of services to residents and visitors in the Town of Georgina, including:

Our services and mandate are outlined in the Establishing and Regulating By-law. The department runs as a composite department with three fire stations that provide 24-7 protection to residents.

pile of brush burning in a field with text Apply today! Permits are required for all open-air burning

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5 – 11)

Safety starts with being prepared and having a plan. Everyone has a part to play in preparing for emergencies. Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a national event that educates communities across the province about actions people can take to prepare for emergency situations. The theme for 2024 is “Plan for every season.” This theme reflects the unique challenges facing Ontario on a seasonal basis and the opportunities to practice emergency preparedness throughout the year. Ontario’s theme complements the national theme released by Public Safety Canada. For more information, visit the Emergency Preparedness Week webpage.

Home Sprinkler Week (May 12-18)

Together we can bring our voices and spread the word about the life saving benefits of home fire sprinklers. Home fires are a severe threat in every community. When fire sprinklers are installed, the threat is automatically diminished, preventing injuries, saving lives and preserving property. Every new home built is an opportunity for community risk reduction. But education is needed. Take time this week and learn about the benefits of home fire sprinklers. For more information, visit homefiresprinklercanada.ca.   

Open-air burning

Did you know the Town of Georgina has an Open-air Burning Bylaw? Check to see if you can have a fire at your home and if a permit is required before having a fire. Check out our quick reference guide for more. 

A permit is not required for a recreational fire. Residents can have recreational fires to roast marshmallows and hot dogs. These fires must be no larger than 2ft x 2ft, and be at least 23ft away from anything that can burn as well as property lines. 

Open-air burning is any fire set outside, other than cooking food on a small grill. Having campfires larger than 2ft x 2ft, burning brush/branches/stumps, or burn barrel fires are examples of open air burning. These fires cannot be larger than 4ft x 4ft and must be at least 23ft away from anything that can burn as well as property lines. 

If you are a farmer, you may qualify for an Agricultural Burn Permit. Call 905-476-2332, ext. 0 for more information. 

Permits are available through our online application. 

Fireworks safety

Residents are reminded they can set off fireworks without a licence on Victoria Day and Canada Day only, as well as the day before and after each of these holidays. A licence is needed to set off fireworks on any other day of the year. Licences can be picked up at the Civic Centre or by calling 905-476-4301 to request an emailed application.

Only purchase fireworks from a reliable source. Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks. Take the weather into account too, only discharge fireworks if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard. For more info on fireworks, visit our Fireworks Safety page. 

Cottage fire safety

The nice weather is finally here and it’s time to open those cottages. But remember, fire safety doesn’t take a vacation. Start the cottage season with safety and ensure your cottage has working smoke alarms on every level and outside all sleeping areas. Install CO alarms outside of all sleeping areas. Test smoke and CO alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. 

At the start of the season, have a professional come in and check all the appliances in your cottage to ensure they are in working order. Check extension and electrical cords for nicks and cuts. If they are damaged, replace the cord or appliance. 

Create a home escape plan for your cottage with two ways out of every room and a meeting place outside. Practice your plan with everyone that visits so everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

What3Words

What3Words is a mobile phone app that can help Georgina Fire and Rescue Services get to you sooner. If you’re lost or need emergency assistance, use the free What3Words app to find the three words for your location, then give them to the emergency services over the phone. This way, emergency responders will know your exact location. Before your next adventure, download the app from Google Play or Apple App Store.

Burn Permits

Applications available online

fire burning in a chiminea on a patio

Online permit applications for Agricultural and Open-air Burn Permits are now available.  

Fire and Rescue Services staff

  • 1 Fire Chief
  • 2 Deputy Fire Chiefs
  • 2 Administrative Assistants
  • 2 Public Educator/Fire Prevention Inspectors
  • 1 Fire Prevention Officer
  • 1 Training Officer
  • 40 Full-time Firefighters
  • 60 Volunteer Firefighters

Contact information

Headquarters/main office 

Keswick Fire Hall (Station 1-4)
165 the Queensway S.
Keswick, ON, L4P 3S9
Phone: 905-476-2332
Fax: 905-476-7740
Email: georginafire@georgina.ca

Sutton Fire Hall (Station 1-6)
37 Snooks Rd.
Sutton, ON

Pefferlaw Fire Hall (Station 1-8)
270 Pefferlaw Rd.
Pefferlaw, ON

Community partners

We also support our community partners in their efforts to ensure the health and welfare of our citizens are in good hands.

York Region Paramedic Service 
York Region Public Health
York Region Police (YRP) Services

Contact Us

26557 Civic Centre Rd,
Keswick, ON  L4P 3G1

T: 905-476-4301 / 705-437-2210
F: 905-476-8100
info@georgina.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.