A letter from the CK Fire Chief

 Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services is actively monitoring the reports of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have contingency plans in place to safeguard our service, our staff and members of the Chatham-Kent community. Working in partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, CK Public Health Unit and our Paramedic Service, we continue to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The following information is intended to update the public on Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Service’s operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on information provided by our Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, we are taking all precautions necessary to limit our non-essential activities, as these actions will work to reduce the impact on our emergency response capabilities.

While there have been no disruptions to our emergency response, as a department we have decided to temporarily modify some of our non-emergency services, effective Wednesday March 18, 2020. 

The following measures are aimed at protecting both our staff and members of the general public.

  • We will not be accepting visitors to our fire halls or administration offices at this time. Only on-duty staff will be working from our locations.
  • We have implemented screening, cleaning and social distancing protocols wherever possible.
  • We will not be accepting in-person open-air burn applications, or recreational campfire applications. We ask that anyone seeking an open-air burn or recreational campfire permit to access the application forms on-line at chatham-kent.ca. For payments, please contact our municipal service centres at 519-360-1998, and a customer service representative will assist you.
  • All of our non-essential fire prevention in-person fire inspections, booking of fire extinguisher training, station tours and community fire safety programming will be temporarily unavailable until further notice. Fire Inspectors and staff remain on duty and available to answer questions, emails and phone calls during this time.
  • We urge all home-owners to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the batteries and replace when necessary. The best way to stay safe from fire and carbon monoxide is to have working alarms in your home.
  • If you have any questions relating to fire safety, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 519-360-1998, or by e-mail at ckfire@chatham-kent.ca.
  • We urge members of the community to monitor the latest information from the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit and to take action as advised.

I want to thank the communities of Chatham-Kent for their patience and understanding during this difficult time. I would also like to thank our teams for their resolute response to these challenges.  Be assured that we continue to provide the very best fire & rescue service to you and be further assured that our priority is the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community and our staff. 

Thank you,

Chris Case
Fire Chief