Amherstburg Fire Department

Fundraiser for Brock Hasson planned for Nov. 4



By Ron Giofu


A local seven-year-old’s fight against a form of cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) will be the subject of an upcoming fundraiser.

The “Bravery for Brock” fundraiser will be this Saturday at the Columbus Community Hall (formerly known as the K of C Hall) with Brock Hasson and his family being the recipients of the proceeds. His mother Natalie Brundage Hasson said they won’t be there due to Brock needing surgery Nov. 1, but they are appreciative of all of the support the community has given thus far.

“He’s doing pretty good,” she said last week. “It’s one day at a time.”

Brock has already had to undergo three months of chemotherapy and now faces three more months, but Natalie said they have received a lot of support from the community.

“It’s hard to put into words,” she said. “It’s surprising so many people are willing to help. It’s so overwhelmingly wonderful. There are so many people who keep reaching out for me who don’t even know him. That’s the nice thing.”

Once Brock’s treatments have concluded, there is a 90 per cent chance the cancer won’t return.

“It gives us hope that it won’t come back,” added Natalie.

Brock Hasson sits in a fire truck during a recent tour of Amherstburg fire station #1. (Special to the RTT)

The cancer was found in one of his testicles but didn’t go anywhere else.

“It was all localized,” said Natalie. “It didn’t spread anywhere else.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has contacted the family but Natalie said they will participate once Brock has concluded his treatments.

Natalie said the family is extremely thankful the Amherstburg Fire Department had Brock come to the station, get his fire gear and was given a tour. Chief Bruce Montone said at the Oct. 23 town council that donations are welcome for the family at Libro Credit Union with the fire department also making a donation.

Natalie also thanked Amherstburg Public School and Brock’s teacher Laura Braithwaite, Little Hands for the selling of shirts and all of the supporters.

The Nov. 4 fundraiser gets underway when doors open at 6:45 p.m. and it runs until 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 with that including Bull’s Eye Pizza and dessert. Music is by The Del Vito’s 60’s Dance Party and there will also be a cash bar, raffle prizes, a 50/50 draw and silent auction.

To purchase tickets or to donate prizes, contact Gianna Brundage Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 519-967-1389 or e-mail

Fire Prevention Week centres on home escape plans



By Ron Giofu


Fire Prevention Week was held in Amherstburg with efforts focusing on how people can get out of their homes in case of an emergency.

Open houses were held at all three fire stations the week of Oct. 9 with the public getting a chance to view the fire trucks, equipment, receive information and enjoy a hot dog or two.

Jaxon, Quinnly and Gavin Haggarty stand on the front of a fire truck at Amherstburg Fire Station No. 2 during the recent Fire Prevention Week

“The theme this year is ‘Every Second Counts,’” said deputy chief Lee Tome. “We want people to plan to have two ways out of their homes. We’re concentrating on home escape plans.”

Tome said they are encouraging families to sit down and talk about how they would get out of their homes in case of an emergency.

“Have a plan so that if you have a fire, you have a way to get out,” said Tome. “Discuss what to do in the event of a fire in your home. Sit down and talk about a home escape plan.”

Fire Prevention Week was observed earlier this month with the Amherstburg Fire Department holding open houses at all three stations. Joshua Horoky, 5, enjoys his time behind the wheel of a fire truck.

Tome said it is advisable to plan ahead and not wait until an emergency actually happens. It is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and ensure they are in proper working conditions.

“The impact of smoke alarms is something to consider,” said Tome. “If an alarm is activated, it gives the family time to get out before the fire grows.”

Not only should home escape plans be created, Tome encourages families to practice them.

“In the event something happens, practicing it ahead of time gives everyone an opportunity to know what to do,” said Tome.

Damage estimated at $50,000 after Saturday morning fire


By RTT Staff

The Amherstburg Fire Department attended a fire in the 500 block of Simcoe St. Saturday morning and the damage estimate is $50,000.

The Amherstburg Fire Department states that they were able to contain the blaze to an attached garage at a home in the area. According to fire officials, the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.

The $50,000 damage estimate includes damage to the structure itself and to the contents that were inside. Simcoe St. was closed for a brief period but soon re-opened once fire crews had extinguished the blaze.

There were no injuries, the Amherstburg Fire Department added.

Amherstburg police investigating fatal crash


The Amherstburg Police Service are investigating a two-vehicle collision at a rural intersection that has resulted in a fatality.

The Thursday morning collision closed the intersection of Alma St. and Howard Ave. and Amherstburg police reported early Thursday afternoon that one person died as a result of the crash. Police say the collision occurred around 7:50 a.m. between a 2014 black Honda Civic that was eastbound on Alma St. and a 2013 black Mazda 3 that was northbound on Howard Ave.

Amherstburg police say that a 58-year-old Harrow woman, who was driving the Mazda 3, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police have not released a name.

The driver of the Honda Civic was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police add.

The Amherstburg Fire Department and Essex-Windsor EMS also attended the scene. A hydro pole was knocked down as a result of the collision, the fire department stated via its Twitter account.

The road was closed for several hours but has since re-opened. Amherstburg police say the investigation is continuing and charges are pending.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Amherstburg police at 519-736-3622 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).

Amherstburg Fire Department hosts second meeting on proposed open burn bylaw



By Ron Giofu


A crowd of about 15 people attended Amherstburg Fire Station #2 last Tuesday night for the second of three public meetings on the proposed open burn bylaw.

Amherstburg fire chief Bruce Montone went over his presentation on the proposed bylaw, but quickly reminded residents that no verdict has been rendered as to whether it will be implemented or not.

“Regardless of the rumours, no decisions have been made by council,” said Montone.

Three council members were in attendance last Tuesday night – Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale and Councillor Diane Pouget.

Montone sad the current open burn bylaw allows for burning for agricultural purposes as long as the Amherstburg Fire Department is notified prior to setting the fire. Camp fires at established campgrounds are allowed with cooking fires also permitted as long as it is put out after the food has been prepared.

Materials such as trash, lumber and pallets, treated wood, tires, newspapers and other paper products, yard waste, wire and coated wire, structures, asphalt shingles, plastics, synthetics, heavy oils, paints and household or agricultural chemicals are not allowed to be burned and that wouldn’t change under a new bylaw.

Montone pointed out since Feb. 2016, there have been 54 open air burning complaint responses at a cost of $12,480. The 54 responses resulted in 19 invoices being issued, meaning $6,975 has been recovered.

Amhersburg fire chief Bruce Montone discusses the proposed open burn bylaw at a public meeting last Tuesday night at Fire Station #2.

Allowable burning that is being proposed under the new bylaw would include two-feet by two-feet campfires, outdoor cooking, recreational outdoor fireplaces, special event activities such as religious ceremonies, forest managing, controlling agricultural pests and diseases and dispensing of debris from natural disasters.

“All municipalities in Essex County have permissive bylaws except Amherstburg,” he said. “Some have permits, some have no permit system.”
Windsor is governed by the Ontario Fire Code.

If a person is approved for a $25 permit, they would be visited by the Amherstburg Fire Department for an inspection and tips on fire safety. The belief is a permit system would allow the fire department a better grasp of what is going on in the community.

“It’s no secret camping and cooking fires take place in Amherstburg without notice,” said Montone. “It is going on.”

Permit holders would also be able to call a hotline or visit the fire department’s Twitter account to see if burning is allowed that day.

Lots that measure 60-feet by 100-feet or smaller still wouldn’t be allowed to have fires, meaning 3,213 properties would be restricted.

Penalties if the fire department has to attend a fire include people having to pay $225 for the duty officer to arrive, $450 if fire crews have to come out with less that six firefighters or $900 if six or more firefighters have to respond.

Residents at last week’s meeting, some of whom did not wish to be identified, expressed concerns with neighbours noting their neighbours already have fires and those fires are closer than 30-feet from structures. Montone suggested that people can have themselves designated as a “sensitive receptor” if they have breathing problems or can call 911 to have a fire crew dispatched to the property where the burning is happening.

“We need to educate the public,” said Montone, adding that sometimes “common sense isn’t too common.”

Patricia Emond suggested a flat $75 fee for town permits, believing the town could make more money and recover additional costs.

Some residents also said they have fire pits in the ground and are just trying to enjoy their properties.

“A lot of us are doing it responsibly and we want to keep doing it,” one woman stated.

The third and final public meeting on the proposed bylaw is Sept. 26 at Fire Station #3 at 7 p.m. An online survey will remain active through Sept. 27 with that found at and searching for the fire department. The direct link is

Montone said the hope is to have some sort of decision made on the bylaw prior to the 2018 burning season.