Zorra Fire and Emergency Services

There are three fire stations in the Township of Zorra located in Thamesford, Embro and Uniondale.  These three stations, along with assistance provided by the Township of South-West Oxford Fire & Emergency Services for service to a portion of the village of Beachville within the Township’s jurisdiction, provide fire and emergency services to the Township of Zorra.  Fire Chief John McFarlan oversees all fire services within the Township of Zorra.

For all emergencies, please call “911”. 

Emergency calls are dispatched from Woodstock through the 911 emergency network.  

If you see a vehicle with a green flashing light, please move over to the right of the road to allow the vehicle with the green flashing light to pass.  The green flashing light means that a Volunteer Firefighter is responding to an emergency call.  

As mentioned, a portion of the village of Beachville, within the Township boundaries, is serviced by the Township of South-West Oxford Fire & Emergency Services - Station # 3 Beachville, through a mutual aid agreement with the Township of South-West Oxford.  By-law No. 43-03 was passed on August 19, 2003 adopting the agreement for this servicing arrangement.  See the maps linked below for further details.
Fire Service Area Map 
Beachville Service Area Map  

News from the Fire Chief

John McFarlan, Fire Chief for the Township of Zorra, provides articles that contain lots of general knowledge when it comes to fire safety.  Be sure to look for his articles in our Zorra Now magazines!

Fire Halls

The Township of Zorra has three fire stations located in Embro, Thamesford and Uniondale.  Please visit the fire section of this website for more information on fire services in Zorra.

For all emergencies,call "911".

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Embro Station
90 Union Street
Embro, Ontario
District Chief:  Matt Cockle
Phone:  519-494-3534
Email Embro Fire Hall

Thamesford Station
682820 Road 68 (Hwy 2)
Thamesford, Ontario
District Chief:  Jim Manzer
Phone:  519-617-2540
Email Thamesford Fire Hall

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Uniondale Station
962992 Road 96
Uniondale, Ontario
District Chief: 
Phone:  519-617-5357
Email Uniondale Fire Hall

Burning Regulations

Open Air Burning

Open-air burning within the boundaries of the Township of Zorra is prohibited unless permission has been given by the Fire Chief in the form of a Fire Permit. Before starting a burn, you should be sure to review Regulation and Setting of Fires By-law 25-08 .

New Open Air Burn Permit Process (2017)

The Township has introduced a Permanent Fire Permit process for open air burning.  This process involves a one-time application which will reduce the effort required to set up permission for an open air burn.  All applications will be reviewed by the Fire Chief and upon approval, the applicant will be able to proceed with open air burns by calling into dispatch directly to report the burn details.   Review application form and conditions for the new permit, then complete your application!  Please note - the process for small recreation burns within a ring or fire pit in backyard has not changed - these types of fires do not require a permit.

Recreational Burning

Recreational fires may be permitted which are contained within non-combustible containers or pits specifically designed for open-air burnings.  Some General Provisions are listed below, however, please see By-law 25-08 Schedule B for all General Provisions: 

  • Burning may be conducted between the hours of 4pm and midnight only.
  • No materials other than dry seasoned wood, commercially produced charcoal and briquettes may be burned
  • Open-air burnings shall be confined to non-combustible containers or to a pit no larger than two feet by two feet with flames not exceeding 2 feet in height.
  • The burning pit shall be confined to a location at least 15 feet in all directions from adjacent properties and or structures.
  • An extinguishing agent of sufficient size and with the capability extinguishing the fire shall be immediately available for use.
  • The fire shall be attended, controlled and supervised at all times and shall be completely extinguished before the site is vacated.
  • Open-air burning is prohibited when the wind speed exceeds fifteen kilometres per hour or during rainy or foggy weather conditions or when a smog alert has been declared.

Plan Your Escape

Develop a home fire escape plan today…it could save your life tonight!

Install working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. It’s the law!

Develop a home fire escape plan.

Know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Sit down with everyone in your household and discuss how each person will get out of the home in a fire.

Practise your escape plan with everyone in your home.

Make sure everyone can get out quickly. Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible. If the door of a room is blocked by smoke or fire, discuss an alternate escape route such as a window. Make sure all windows open easily. Security bars on windows should have quick-releasing devices so they can be easily removed.  

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Help those who need it!

Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who may need assistance.

Get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.

Most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation.

Choose a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your home.

A tree, street light or a neighbour’s home are all good choices. In case of fire, everyone should go directly to this meeting place to be accounted for.

Get out, stay out.

Never re-enter a burning building. Once you have safely escaped, call the fire department from outside your home using a cell phone or from a neighbour’s home.

For more information, contact your local fire department.

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