• No Day Time Burning: April 1st – October 31st

    No Day Time Burning: April 1st – October 31st

    As of this Monday April 1st, the Open Air Burning Season is in effect. This means that there is to be no burning or outside fires between the hours of 7am and 7pm.

    This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Burn Barrels
    • Incinerators
    • Brush Piles
    • Yard Waste
    • Camp Fires

    Please ensure any fires during the approved times are never left unattended, are completely extinguished before leaving, and that any ashes are completely extinguished and cooled prior to dumping.

    Also keep in mind that Total Fire Bans can be implemented by your local Fire Departments at any time during the season due to weather and dry conditions. If conditions become extreme, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry retains the authority to implement a Restricted Fire Zone within and around the municipality which bans all fires including those for cooking, warmth and solid fueled heating appliances.

  • Time Change Reminder: Sunday March 10th, 2024

    Time Change Reminder: Sunday March 10th, 2024

    Just a friendly reminder that with the time change this Sunday it is the perfect time to double check the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms! If your alarm uses replaceable batteries, even if they are just back ups for hardwired units, it is a good idea put in fresh new ones, even if they aren’t that old (you can always keep the old batteries and use them in your TV remotes). Make sure you test your alarms once you install new batteries to ensure there is a good electrical connection. If your alarms use built-in lifetime batteries, you should still test your alarms and double check their expiry dates to ensure they are up to date and working properly! Remember, smoke and CO alarms expire after 10 years from their date of manufacture.

  • Benefits of ‘what3words’

    Benefits of ‘what3words’

    The Bancroft Fire Department is committed to ensuring the safety of our community, especially during the winter season when outdoor activities can sometimes lead to unexpected emergencies. We would like to promote a tool that has proven invaluable in our response: the what3words app.

    what3words is a geocoding system that has divided the world into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique three-word address. This app, when installed on your phone, can be a lifesaver, especially during emergencies. Here’s why:

    1. Precision: Traditional address systems can be vague and imprecise, but with what3words, your exact location can be pinpointed to a specific 3m x 3m square. This precision allows us to find you faster in case of an emergency.
    2. Simplicity: The three-word format is easy to communicate, whether in person, over the phone, or through text. It’s especially useful in stressful situations when every second counts.
    3. Reliability: The app works offline, without the need for a data connection, making it reliable even in remote areas where signal strength may be weak.
    4. Global Coverage: No matter where your winter adventures take you, what3words has you covered. It’s available in 26 languages and is used by emergency services around the world.

    By having the what3words app on your phone, you’re equipping yourself with a powerful tool that can help us reach you quickly and efficiently in case of an emergency. It’s a small step that can make a big difference in response times, ultimately saving lives.

    Stay safe, and remember: in an emergency, every second counts. The Bancroft Fire Department recommends what3words for peace of mind during your outdoor activities. For more information, or to download the app to your respective device, visit or search your app store.

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