Town of Mattawa Total Fire Ban Effective Immediately!

The Ontario government is taking action to protect people and communities from the risk of preventable human-caused fires and to ensure that the province’s emergency response system remains strong during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Starting April 3, 2020, Ontario’s entire legislated fire region will be designated a Restricted Fire Zone. Residents who live in an area with a restricted fire zone cannot have an outdoor fire—this includes burning of grass, debris and campfires, even when using an outdoor fire grate, fire place or fire pit.

For more information, refer to Ontario Reducing Risk of Fire in the Province

OFM Public Education – April 2020

What’s the risk this month?

  • 9% of annual loss fires occur
  • Average of 48 injuries
  • Average of 6 fatalities

Top ignition sources:

  • cooking equipment
  • cigarettes
  • heating equipment

*2009-2018 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (injuries and fatalities above are for civilians only)

Fire Safety Concerns for this Month

  • heating equipment
  • cooking
  • smoking


Smoking Fire Safety
Heating Fire Safety
Cooking Fire Safety

Spring Fire Safety Tips

TSSA Spring Safe Booklet
TSSA Spring Home Safety Checklist

Open Air Burning

Given that spring is in the air remember to abide by the community by-laws for Open Air Burning.


Fire Safety Equipment


Plan Your Escape

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Recreational Open-Air Burning Permits 2020

The purchase of Recreational Open-Air Burning Permits will not be available until the municipal office re-opens however we remind you to follow the rules of the permits. Do not ignite any fire between 6am and 6pm. The fire season period begins April 1st to the last day of October. The guidelines are always available for viewing on the municipal website and the Recreational Open Air Burning page on this website.




from Interim Fire Chief: Paul Lafreniere, [email protected]
Deputy Chief: Paul Dupras

We have been working to prepare a facility to use as a COVID–19 Assessment Centre, and the Health Team has chosen the Mike Rodden Arena for a number of reasons. We are also working on a back-up site. The purpose of this Assessment Center is to take the overload off the hospitals and doctor’s offices if a pandemic center becomes necessary.

The number of volunteers that would be required at a time of operation would be around four (4) to five (5).   The time the center would operate would be around four (4) to six (6) hours per day.  The center may be required to operate up to forty-five (45) days, depending on the outbreak in this area.  This Assessment Center will be serving the Nipissing Area.

Here are some of the roles that volunteers would be asked to do:

  • Assisting in registration
  • Information guide to direct people to the correct area
  • Refreshments for workers
  • Directing traffic in the parking lot

We need all of you to have a Face Fit Test.  This is a 10 minute test of your face to make sure that the mask that you will be required to wear is the proper one for your face.  What I would do is arrange a company to come to Mattawa and have you as a group to meet with them to be tested.  We will be coordinating dates with the town of Mattawa, the testing company and volunteers.

When you are working you will be wearing full protection, gloves, gowns, and mask.  Each of you will be required to watch a video from the health people; this is part of your training.

We all hope that it does not come to this, but we must be prepared.

I hope that this has helped to inform you of your role in this operation.

We would like to thank you for volunteering to help us operate this Assessment Centre.  We would like to meet with you to go over what your role would be, if needed.

If you want to volunteer or have any questions, reach out to us:

Paul Lafreniere Fire Chief/ Assistant CEMC
[email protected]

Wayne Chaput CEMC
[email protected]