Welcome to the LaSalle Fire Service website. Our first responders take great pride in responding to emergencies within our community. We provide  protection to over 33,000 residents and almost 12,000 households within the Town of LaSalle.

As a fire service, we know that fire prevention and public education are vital lines of defense in protecting human life and property. Fire safety plans, regular inspections, and fire safety education in our local schools help to keep our community safe and protected from the threat of fire and other hazards. 

Mission Statement

We are a caring team dedicated to promoting safety, and providing positive outcomes to fellow citizens in a time of need. Our mission is guided by commitment to our core values: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork. 

 LaSalle Fire Service News / Announcements

Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2022

Since it began in 1922, Fire Prevention Week has taken place in early October to raise awareness of fire prevention. 

This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires. 

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

Home Fire Escape Planning and Practicing

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.

Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms. Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection.

For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

For more information please visit https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/About 

LaSalle Alerts – Mass Notification System Test, June 1, 2022

LaSalle Alerts is a mass notification system that enables us to provide you with critical information in times of emergency such as evacuation of a neighborhood, a boil water advisory, a large fire, or a natural disaster. 

To ensure you are in our system and alerted in the event of a Town emergency, we will be testing the LaSalle Alerts mass notification system on Wednesday, June 1. Register to receive notifications at www.lasallealerts.ca. You can choose how you would like us to contact you: text, cell phone, email, and/or landline. Please note this system is not used for weather warnings.  

For more information visit the LaSalle Alerts page on our website. 

Emergency Preparedness Week - May 1 to 7, 2022 

LaSalle Fire Reminds Residents to 'Be Ready for Anything' 

Natural disasters may be out of our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and impact of whatever emergency we might face - whether natural or human-induced. 

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1-7, 2022) encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This special week is a national effort lead by Public Safety Canada, provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, Indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector. 

“This week, I encourage you to take concrete actions to be better prepared. Please do your part! Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now - it can make a world of difference,” said LaSalle Fire Chief, Ed Thiessen.  

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to: 

  • Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare. 

  • Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do. 

  • Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency. 

Visit www.getprepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies. 

This year, the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to have unprecedented impact on Canadians. While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe; now, more than ever, we understand that we all have a role to play in emergency preparedness. You can help to protect yourself, and others, against COVID-19 by staying informed. We encourage all Canadians to visit Canada.ca/coronavirus for the latest information on the response to COVID-19 and tips on how to continue to help prevent the spread. Visit WEVax.ca for information about vaccines in Windsor and Essex County. 

Three Fire Station Model Approved By Council

Update: On March 22, 2022, Council approved the Three Fire Station Operating Model and Financial Plan as presented by Ed Thiessen, Director of Fire Services/Fire Chief and Dale Langlois, Director of Finance/Treasurer. This model includes the existing headquarters station on Normandy St., a west

Three fire station graphic

 substation at 2160 Front Road (Substation 1), and an east substation on Laurier Parkway in the area of Disputed Road (Substation 2). Read the Council Approves Town of LaSalle Three Fire Station Model News Release on the Town website.

At the Regular Council meeting on January 25, 2022, Council approved administration's report outlining a Three Fire Station Model for the Town of LaSalle. View the Three Fire Station News Release on the Town website. 

For full project details visit the Placespeak public engagement website. 

 Summer Fire Safety

It's Barbeque Season! 

  • All barbeque grills must only be used outdoors — using grills indoors or in enclosed spaces is not only a fire hazard, but it exposes occupants to toxic gasses and potential asphyxiation.

  • Always position the grill well away from combustible objects — buildings, fences, deck railings and landscaping can easily and quickly ignite.
  • Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Always use long handled grilling utensils and heat resistant oven mitts to avoid exposure burns from heat and flames.
  • Periodically remove grease build-up in catch trays to prevent it from igniting.
  • Keep a garden hose nearby, connected and ready for use in case of a fire.

Backyard Recreational Fires

Small outdoor recreational fires are allowed within the Town of LaSalle. 
Review our Recreational Fire Quick Reference Sheet to ensure fire safety and compliance according to by-law. 
 Spring Fire Safety
Spring has sprung! LaSalle Fire Service would like to remind LaSalle residents of the spring cleaning checklist to ensure fire safety. 

Inside the home:

  • Check and clean your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check your fire extinguishers.
  • Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords.
  • Check and clean filters above stove.
  • Practice exit drills with your family so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents.
  • Pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.
  • Always keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in event of an emergency.

Outside and around the yard:

  • Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.
  • Clean up yard debris. Cut back dead limbs and grasses.
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances.
  • Get your BBQ grill cleaned and serviced.  Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.

In the garage or shed:

  • Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals.
  • Check fuel containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.
  • Have all power equipment cleaned, serviced and ready for use.
  • Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside.
 Winter Fire Safety
Fire Hydrant 

Fire Chief Ed Thiessen encourages all LaSalle residents to “Be a Hydrant Hero!” If you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, do your part to keep it accessible this winter. In a fire emergency, every second counts. 

  • Remove any snow and ice.
  • Clear a wide enough perimeter around the hydrant for firefighters to work (3 feet).
  • Clear a path from hydrant to street. 

Chief Thiessen urges LaSalle residents to stay warm and safe this winter!

Heating Safety Tips from Chief Thiessen:

  • Have your fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a registered contractor.
  • Your chimney may have problems you can’t see. Have your chimneys cleaned and inspected annually.
  • Keep vents for furnaces and heating appliances free of ice, snow, and debris to prevent deadly carbon monoxide build-up.
  • Watch for smoke coming into the room from the woodstove or fireplace. Chimney may be blocked or have a faulty damper control mechanism.
  • Burn dry wood in fireplaces and woodstoves to reduce build-up of dangerous creosote in chimneys.
  • Protect your home from sparks. Use a fire screen around the fireplace.
  • Burn dry wood in fireplaces and woodstoves to reduce build-up of dangerous creosote in chimneys.
  • Allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing. Put in metal container with lid. Keep the container outside.
  • Keep anything that can burn a safe distance away from wood stoves and fireplaces.
  • Keep space heaters at least 1 metre away from things that burn i.e. curtains, upholstery, clothing.
  • Replace worn or damaged electrical wires and connections on vehicle block heaters and extension cords.

Carbon Monoxide

LaSalle firefighters remind you to maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Install smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. CO alarms are required outside all bedrooms. Test your smoke and CO alarms every month and install new batteries when needed.

To protect yourself and your family, take a walk around the outside of your home and make sure the intake and exhaust vents for furnaces and heating appliances are free of ice, snow, debris. 

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Do you have a minute to watch this video? It might save your life. Firefighter Kyle shares information on smoke alarms and helpful tips to keep you and your family fire safe.