Fire Department

    West Elgin Fire Department

The West Elgin Fire Department is a volunteer Fire Department located in rural southwest Ontario. We have a very dedicated group of people who serve our community.

Pictured above: Dennis Lee, Greg Byers, Craig Elliott, Travis Murray, Jeff Slater, Wally Kauzen, Joe Kleinjan and John Campbell.

West Elgin Fire Stations

West Elgin is home to two Fire Stations,

The Rodney Fire Station is located at 22413 Hoskins Line, Rodney, ON N0L 2C0, attached to the Municipal Office.

The West Lorne Fire Station is located at 158 Main St, West Lorne, ON N0L 2P0.


Fire Safety


Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services

Burn By-Law

Need to know what is acceptable to burn, where you can burn, and who to contact regarding burn By-Law infractions? Download our Brochure to better understand the Burn By-Law.

Barn Fires 

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs released a series of new videos on ways to prevent barn fires. The videos are part of an ongoing effort with farmers and industry to develop different ways to reduce the potential loss of human and animal lives, injury and property damage from barn fires. Visit\preventfarmfires to learn more about preventing barn fires, and to view these recently added resources:

Preparation and planning are also crucial in barn fire prevention:

  • Have a contingency plan ready to deal with any emergency.
  • Develop a preventative maintenance and housekeeping schedule.
  • Have buildings inspected and maintained regularly by a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Work with the local fire department and insurance company to identify any problem areas, and fix those problems.
  • Train family and employees on what to do if there is a barn fire.

"Fires in farm buildings are tragic incidents that can result in the unnecessary loss of animals and extensive property damage. These devastating — and preventable — events underscore the need for owners and operators to identify and eliminate potential fire risks in all farm buildings, including barns and stables," said Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management.

"Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) urges all members to read and access these new resources on barn fire prevention. Assessing fire risk on our farms is critical to the wellbeing of our livestock and our livelihoods," said Keith Currie, President, OFA.

Quick Facts

  • The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) tracks the fire incidents in Ontario, including barns housing livestock. Based on OFMEM data, there are approximately 80 reported fires involving barns housing livestock with an estimated loss of $18.5 million each year.
  • Approximately 40 per cent of all barn fires are caused by faulty electrical systems, which is one of the leading causes of barn fires.
  • In 2018, 24 barn fires in Ontario involved deadstock managed under the regulations. This compares to a total of 15 in 2017, and 22 in 2016

Additional Resources

Burn Permits

Please contact the Municipal Office at 519-785-0560 to inquire about Burn Permits.

  • You may not burn without a Burn Permit.
  • You must submit your Burn Permit to the Municipal Office for approval.
  • You must be Agriculturally zoned.
  • After having your Burn Permit approved, you must call the number at the top of your burn permit before and after starting your burn.
  • Burn permits can be approved for one month periods.