Frequently Asked Questions
No, if anytime you are unsure where to call for help just call 911. Some examples might include an electrical problem, an odour, or a fire alarm sounding for an unknown reason. If you call the station directly, you may be asked to hang up and call 911 anyway. When you call 911 your phone number and address are displayed automatically so even if the call is interrupted they still know where you are. We do not have that ability in our fire stations. As well, our dispatch centre, the Public Safety Communications Centre in Saint John, are able to dispatch the appropriate apparatus based on your location and the type of call.
If you have a general question about fire safety, then calling the station is an option.
Both Rothesay and Quispamsis have Fire Prevention and Protection By-Laws that provide the conditions for having a recreational fire in your yard. A recreational fire means a small, controlled, outdoor fire that is contained in a fire pit or outdoor burning appliance and is normally used for cooking, warmth, or personal enjoyment.
You do not need to contact the fire department to have a campfire however there are conditions that you must follow.
- burning is open (see link below - fires are not permitted during restricted periods or when burning is closed)
- dry, seasoned wood is the only fuel used; fires may not be used to clear brush, burn grass or dispose of construction waste;
- the owner of the property has given consent for the fire;
- there is only one fire at the located on a private lot at any given time;
- the fire area is no larger than one square meter (three square feet);
- the fire will be attended at all times;
- a means of extinguishment is readily available;
- and the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the site.
- the wind conditions create a fire hazard or cause the smoke to cause discomfort, a safety risk, or loss of enjoyment of property by residences in the immediate area;
- the smoke from a fire causes unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of another person's property;
- a fire ban is in place;
- the conditions above are not met.
Under these bylaws, you must extinguish your fire when requested by the fire department. Subsequent complaints that result in a fire department response to the same address within 30 days may result in a fine of up to $175.
These guidelines apply to all recreational fires including the usage of outdoor fire pits, fire bowls, or chimineas. The only recreational fires not covered by this policy are CSA approved outdoor burning appliances that use an alternative fuel source from wood, such as propane outdoor fireplaces.
We follow the guidelines set by the Province on whether burning is open, restricted, or closed. This information is updated daily at 2pm between April and October and can be found here: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/public_alerts/forest_fire_watch.html
You can book a station tour by calling us at 848-6601 or using the "contact us" page here on the site. You will be asked for your name, contact information, date of tour, and number of individuals attending or information about your event. Station tours are not recommended for children under the age of 5 and for the best experience groups should be under 20. It is recommended that you call the station just before visiting to ensure we are still available. Site visits are subject to cancellation without notice due to emergency calls or other circumstances that have an operational requirement.
We do not. Please contact Fundy Region Solid Waste for proper disposal of these products.
The fire department does not make statements regarding ice conditions.
- be familiar with the ice you are heading out on; different bodies of water have different characteristics in how the ice will form
- The Hammond and Kennebecasis Rivers in particular have areas that never freeze or don’t freeze thick enough for someone to walk on
- consult the weather forecast and be aware of the recent weather and temperatures
- if you use the rivers or lakes for ice recreation, carry ice awls (ice picks) that can help get you out if you fall through