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Fire Chief's Desk

Welcome to our on-line home. I hope you will find a great deal of resources and fire safety information within these pages. Our Perth East staff are a dedicated group of men and women here to help you when you need it.

Although we are here to help you in your time of need, you are also responsible to do your part to avoid creating those times of need. Some things that you can take care of are:

  • Proper disposal of smoking materials
  • Staying in the kitchen while you are cooking
  • Discarding damaged electrical cords & appliances
  • Using extension cords only on a temporary basis
  • Have your heating systems inspected regularly
  • Keep your chimneys clean and in good repair
  • Keep your outdoor open air burns in control

It is also your responsibility to have properly working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your homes. Even with your best efforts, a fire could still start...and only properly working alarms will give you and your family the necessary early detection to escape safely. We also strongly recommend that you create and practice a home escape plan. Knowing how to escape your home, and where to meet when you do, are all part of your responsibility for your own fire safety.

Think that you have lots of time to escape a fire? Think again...

The Perth East Fire Department was created in October 2000 with the amalgamation of the North and South Easthope Fire Department, the Downie-Ellice Fire Department and the Milverton - Mornington - Ellice Fire Department. The Department is made up of three stations located in Milverton, Sebringville and Shakespeare with a total complement of 67 members. We protect a population of 12,300 residents living in over 715 square kilometers. The Fire Chief, Fire Prevention Officer and Public Educator - Administrative Assistant operate out of the Municipal Office in Milverton.

I am very proud of this department and the men and women who staff it.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our online home.

Bill Hunter
Fire Chief