Rideau Township Fire Department
North Gower is very fortunate to have an excellent fire service
to respond to emergencies. Cooperate with your fire department:
- Know the rules for fire permits and for outdoor fires.
- Display your 9-1-1 house number correctly. It can help in a medical,
fire or other emergency.
- Make sure that all wood burning and heating appliances are in good
- Don't overload electrical circuits.
- Call the information number for regulations on open fires, or to obtain
a fire permit.
Each summer, the North Gower firefighters participate in two community
events: a road toll, and a chicken barbecue. Both raise money for worthy
causes. We like the chicken barbecue: good food, very
reasonable price, and orders are taken and meals are
delivered to your door.
- Special Events
The old fire truck
In case you have seen it in parades: North Gower
Township got its first motorized pumper
truck in 1948. It is a Bickle Seagrave. It has been
restored in honour of the men who served on it from 1949-1955.
At the time the firefighters felt it was necessary after
a 1948 fire that destroyed the Oddfellows Hall, a bakery,
and a house. Howard Perkins was instrumental in getting
the truck for the community.
When the North Gower fire department was first formed,
fire calls were sent out from the
location where the Bide-a-Wee Restaurant now stands.
Link to the Rideau Fire Department home page