Fire Department

Fire Chief Paul Panesar

Under the direction of Fire Chief Paul Panesar, the Sables-Spanish Rivers Fire Department offers fire suppression and first-responder responsibilities within the township boundaries. Additionally, we offer Fire Prevention and Public Education services. 

As a member of the Sudbury District Mutual Aid Association, the department offers its firefighting services and apparatuses to partnered departments in need of additional resources and benefits from the same entitlement. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is also a valued ally of the department when fighting and training to fight forest fires.

Chief Panesar is supported by the following officers:

Jean Wuorinen – Assistant Chief
Station 1 – Walford
Guy Constantin – Assistant Chief
Station 2 – Massey

Kevin Levesque – Assistant Chief
Station 4 – Webbwood

Jody Goodchild – Assistant Chief
Station 5 – Shakespeare Twsp

Blair Ramsay
Training Officer

Jillana Goodchild
Public Information Officer
Jewel Sanftenberg
Fire Prevention Officer

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Fire Permits

Fire permits for brush burning are required year-round and are available at the following locations:

  • Township Office – 11 Birch Lake Road, Massey
  • Walford Post Office
  • McTwin Bait & Tackle, Heaton Rd, Webbwood

Certain fires are considered “permitted fires” and do not require a permit:

  • a fire set in a burn barrel
  • a campfire
  • at fire set in a cooking device
  • a fire set in a chimnea
  • a fire set in a portable device

For complete details please review Bylaw 2016-25.


Ontario Fire Marshall

National Fire Protection Association

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Fire