2019 Paid On-Call Firefighter Application Package
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) wants to inspire community members to take steps to increase their safety from fire.
Every year, the majority of fire deaths in North America happen at home. (If possible, localize your home fire problem by using province/territory-specific data on home fire deaths, injuries, and property loss.)
Home fires today burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, occupants may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.
Fire Prevention Week is October 6 to 12, 2019
Sturgeon County Fire Restriction – Lifted
Effective 1000 am, June 11, 2019 Sturgeon County, which includes the Town of Legal, has lifted its “Fire Restriction”. All previous fire permits that were issued that have not expired are re-instated. County residents wishing to obtain a new fire permit can do so by contacting or attending the Sturgeon County Protective Services Building, Sturgeon County Main Office or from their local Fire Guardian/Councillor.
As the County’s on-line fire permitting system remains unavailable, residents are asked to be patient when applying for fire/firework permits. Requests received by phone, fax and email will be processed in the order they are received. Staff’s goal is to review and approve all permit applications within two (2) business days.
Although the “Fire Restriction” has been lifted Sturgeon County Protective Services urges everyone to use extreme caution, follow permit conditions and when working or driving OHV’s in grassy areas, be mindful of hot exhaust and keep vehicles clean and free of debris as smoldering debris can fall off and start fires.
For any further inquires contact 780-939-8400
Note: The lifting of this Fire Restriction also applies to the Towns of Bon Accord, Legal and Redwater
Always know your location and Dial 911 for any emergency!
For further updates visit the Town of Legal website at www.legal.ca,
the Sturgeon County website at www.sturgeoncounty.ca
and the Alberta Fire Bans website at http://www.albertafirebans.ca/.
All other inquires contact 780-939-8400.
Legal’s Fire Department was formed in 1930 and has a long and rich history of serving and protecting the residents of Legal and Sturgeon County. The individuals of the department are dedicated to your public safety. They volunteer their time to emergencies and increasing knowledge of fire safety within the community. Legal’s Fire Department prides itself on being a team oriented organization that works diligently towards fire protection, protection of life and property, and the mitigation of all emergency incidents.
In 2017, the Town of Legal and Sturgeon County signed a new Fire Services Agreement which created a new status for the Fire Department. The department is formally referred to as the ‘District of Legal Fire Department’ and is governed by Sturgeon County. This change does not impact local service delivery – the department and its members remain active in Legal. The regionalization of services does however allow us to pool resources with neighboring communities to improve fire protection, training, service delivery, and manage costs.
Sturgeon County Protective Services, District of Legal Fire Department is committed to providing Sturgeon County and Town of Legal residents, visitors and community partners with an effective emergency and enforcement service through professional response and education.
Do you want to become a firefighter? Sturgeon County Emergency Services, District of Legal is recruiting! We are looking for individuals who are positive, team oriented and enjoy physically demanding work. Our department welcomes everyone over the age of 18 years.
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
Note: Individuals aged 16 and 17 may be considered depending on personal suitability.
The Fire Department meets on a regular basis every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall. The first Tuesday is the regular monthly meeting. The remaining Tuesday’s are dedicated to training.
Formal National Fire Protection Training Level 1 and Level 2 training, CPR, First Aid, Wild Land training etc. are regularly scheduled throughout the year. All Personal Protective Equipment is provided. Join us at a practice to see what it is all about.
If you have any questions or require a fire inspection or occupant load contact the Sturgeon County Emergency Services at 780-939-8400 or 780-939-8413.
Legal District Fire Chief
A career as a volunteer firefighter is not suited for everyone. Desire alone does not guarantee that it will be a good fit for you. The daily pressures, emotional strain and dangers separate it from many other volunteer positions. Before you consider applying to become a volunteer firefighter, you should ask yourself:
Am I willing to represent the fire department at all times?
Firefighters are expected to represent the values of the department at work and in their personal lives.
Am I comfortable engaging with all members of the community?
Firefighters regularly engage with the public at emergencies, community events, or while speaking with children and adults about fire safety.
Am I able to take direction without questioning why I’m being asked to do something?
The Fire Department is a paramilitary organization where rank decides who does what. As a new addition to the department, a probationary firefighter will be given all types of tasks by the senior members of the crew.
Is physical fitness a way of life for me?
Being a volunteer firefighter requires minor to significant physical effort most every day. Committing to a high level of fitness and nutrition means firefighters are able to successfully complete the required tasks.
Am I willing to work long hours?
Volunteer firefighters are on-call 24/7 which means you can be called out on an infrequent basis. When you commit to becoming a volunteer firefighter you are sacrificing your personal time to help others. Talk this though with the important people in your life before applying because they will be impacted.
Am I uncomfortable with heights or being in confined spaces?
Firefighters are often required to participate in activities where height is a factor. They are also often required to participate in activities that require being in very tight, very dark spaces. They wear a mask that covers their entire face while performing duties in these environments. If you have identified that these situations can be a concern for you, you may want to seek support to overcome them before you apply. Reach out to a local firefighter for tips and pointers.
Do I understand that I will likely encounter tragedy on the job?
Firefighters are present on some of the worst days of a person’s life. Witnessing tragedies, and the people impacted by them, may have a negative impact on you as well. While firefighters have the opportunity to feel good about providing assistance, they also need to be very resilient and have constructive ways to manage the stress of the job. Having a strong support system, both on the job and in your personal life, will help you deal with difficult calls.
Are you willing to wear a uniform and follow the personal appearance policies?
Being in a paramilitary environment requires wearing a uniform any time you are representing the Fire Department whether at the station, volunteering, or attending special events.
The Town of Legal does not require residents to obtain fire permits to enjoy a backyard fire or barbeque. However, residents must comply with the Town's Fire Bylaw #02-2009 prior to installing an acceptable fire pit.
Please note that fireworks are NOT permitted within the Town of Legal's corporate limits, unless as part of an approved organized community display.