Message from the Fire Chief

Chief John deHooge

The heart and soul of the Meaford & District Fire Department family are the support staff and team of 35 men and women who selflessly respond to all types of emergencies, day or night 365 days a year. They are your family, your friends and neighbours who spend countless hours training and honing their firefighting and emergency response skills.

Providing an all hazards capability, they respond to fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle collisions, hazardous materials incidents and rescues from water/ice, steep terrain, and confined space.

Our firefighter family spend countless hour’s delivering fire and life safety education to our residents, attending public events and supporting community charitable events. As Fire Chief, I could not be prouder of this dedicated, caring and professional team of volunteer (paid on call) firefighters whose mission is the protection of lives and property in the Municipality of Meaford.

Chief John deHooge


History

The Meaford and District Fire Department (M&DFD) was established when St. Vincent Township signed an agreement with the Town of Meaford in 1985. Euphrasia Township then joined in 1986. After amalgamation in 2001, the Municipality of Meaford built a new fire hall on Stewart Street. It officially opened in September of 2009.

Today, M&DFD responds to over 200 calls per year out of the Stewart Street Fire Hall. We have a fleet of 5 apparatus: Rescue, Pumper, Tanker, Wildland Tanker, Aerial and 2 support vehicles covering over 500 square kilometers. Our response area covers Meaford’s downtown and the rural area, including the Canadian Armed Forces 4th Canadian Division Training Centre Meaford (4 CDTC).


 

An Antique Firetruck
The Bickle

The Bickle is Meaford's antique Firetruck Circa 1938. Although it is no longer in use, it is a great example of antique firefighting equipment. You can see it on display at the Meaford Fire Hall.

Old Fire Hall
The Old Fire Hall

The original Meaford Fire Hall is located next door to Meaford Hall Arts and Cultural Centre in on Nelson Street. Although it is no longer home to the Fire Department, the building is a downtown icon with its bright red doors and bell tower overlooking the harbour.

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