FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Fire Fighting

I would like to become a Volunteer Fire Fighter.  What do I do?

Download an application click here and submit the application, along with a copy (front and back) of your driver's license.  Forward to Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services, 3 Killaly Street West, Port Colborne L3K 6H1.

 What are the requirements to become a Volunteer Fire Fighter?

  • Have a minimum of Grade 12 education or approved equivalent
  • Have a valid Ontario Driver's License ("G" or better)
  • Be able to pass a Fire Fighter's medical exam
  • Be able to complete the Fire Fighter's CPAT
  • Be able to pass a swim test
  • Complete Niagara Regional Police Service "Access to Information Waiver" for Criminal Reference Check Clearance
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age


Smoke Alarms

Do I need a smoke alarm in my basement and walk up attic?

Yes, you require a smoke alarm on every level of your home. 

What is the best smoke alarm to buy for my home?

There are many types of smoke alarms, each with different features. Alarms can be electrically connected, battery powered or a combination of both. This combination - and a pause feature to reduce nuisance alarms - are highly recommended.  REMEMBER:  To change your battery when you change your clock!!!

Where do I install smoke alarms?

Because smoke rises, you should place alarms on the ceiling.  If you cannot do this, place them high up on a wall, according to manufacturer's instructions.  There are certain locations to avoid such as near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows or close to ceiling fans.   Do you require assistance installing your smoke alarm?  Are you unsure where to place it or is it just too high.  Our Fire Service is always willing to help you - contact Administration by clicking here for e-mail or call directly to 905-834-4512 - Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Where should a carbon monoxide detector be located in my home?

Proper placement of a CO detector is important. In general, the human body is most vulnerable to the effects of CO during sleeping hours, so a detector should be located in or as near as possible to the sleeping area of the home.

If only one detector is being installed, it should be located near the sleeping area, where it can wake you if you are asleep.

Where sleeping areas are located in separate parts of the home, a detector should be provided for each area.

Additional CO detectors should be placed on each level of a residence and in other rooms where combustion devices are located (such as in a room that contains a solid fuel-fired appliance, gas clothes dryer or natural gas furnace), or adjacent to potential sources of CO (such as in a teenager's room or granny suite located adjacent to an attached garage).

Unlike smoke, which rises to the ceiling, CO mixes with air. Recognizing this, a CO detector should be located at knee-height (which is about the same as prone sleeping height). Due to the possibility of tampering or damage by pets, children, vacuum cleaners and the like, it may be located up to chest height. To work properly, a detector should not be blocked by furniture, draperies or other obstructions to normal air flow.

If a combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector is used, it should be located on the ceiling, to ensure that it will detect smoke effectively.

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