Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation


Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation is a process that provides the assurance that adequate water can be brought to a fire incident from an alternate water supply other than a fire hydrant on a Municipal Water System.  There are two grades that are reviewed in the accreditation process.  The first is the Dwelling Protection Grade which relates to the protection of personal dwellings.  In order to attain the Accreditation for this grade, the fire department must maintain a flow of 950 liters (200 imperial gallons) per minute for duration of two hours.  The second grade is a Public Fire Protection Grade which focuses on the need for protection of commercial and industrial needs.  To attain Accreditation for this grade, the fire department must maintain a flow of 1900 liters (400 imperial gallons) per minute for duration of two hours.



On May 9th, 2015, the Muskoka Lakes Fire Department underwent its Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation testing under the watchful eye of Fire Protection Survey Services.  In order to receive Accreditation throughout the whole Township, the fire department underwent three separate tests.  These tests were strategically placed in order that every station participated in the testing process thereby providing the greatest amount of coverage possible.  Four times per year, and in each season, the fire department practices these skills to keep them sharp.  This hard work was rewarded with the passing of all three tests to the greater standard of the Public Fire Protection Grade.  By default, this also means that the lesser standard of the Dwelling Protection Grade was also achieved.  


What is involved in the testing?  The test sites are selected and agreed upon by the testing authority and the fire department.  The water dump site is selected as is a water source approximately five kilometers away in order to meet the Insurance Bureau requirements.  In order to receive benefits of the Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation, the building being assessed by an Insurance Company must be within 8 kilometers for Dwelling Protection Grade and 5 Kilometers for the Public Fire Protection Grade to the nearest fire station.  Secondly, the water source must be within 5 Kilometers of the building.  If the required flows are met the building receives an additional grade point.  This grade point difference could translate to savings in annual insurance costs.  These savings are dependent upon the insurance company being used.    

It is important that you, whether home/cottage owner or business owner within the required distance from a fire station, to check with your insurance company to ensure that you are receiving the better insurance rate or to see if you are eligible to receive it.  The level within the Dwelling Protection Grade (home/cottage) after this Accreditation is, ‘Dwelling Protection with Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation’.  The level within the Public Fire Protection Grade (commercial/industrial) is ‘Grade 8’.  Some may already be receiving these rates from the previous Accreditation that was conducted in 2006.  It is also important to note that these grades may be altered by your insurance company if your road is not maintained year round. A guide for road standards can be found here, "Emergency Vehicle Access on Private Roads".


The proof of Accreditation are posted above as well as the web page for Fire Protection Survey Services.   For more information regarding the Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation please contact the Muskoka Lakes Fire Department at 705-765-3156.


For further information on this matter, please contact:

Fire Chief Richard Hayes

1 Bailey Street – Box 129

Port Carling, ON, P0B 1J0

Phone: 705-765-3156 ext. 261

Fax: 705-765-3288



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