This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
• Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment.
• The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
• If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
• Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.
• Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
• Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
• Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.
• Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
• Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
• Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
Home Fire Escape Planning and Practice Home fire escape planning should include the following:
• Drawing a map of each level of the home, showing all doors and windows
• Going to each room and pointing to the two ways out
• Making sure someone will help children, older adults, and people with disabilities wake up and get out
• Teaching children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them
• Establishing a meeting place outside and away from the home where everyone can meet after exiting
• Having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms
• Pushing the smoke alarm button to start the drill
• Practicing what to do in case there is smoke: Get low and go. Get out fast.
• Practicing using different ways out and closing doors behind you as you leave • Never going back for people, pets, or things
• Going to your outdoor meeting place
• Calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone Heating
• Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. • Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires.
• All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment.
• Have a 3-foot (1-metre) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
• Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
• Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.
• Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.
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.
"Committed to Community"
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.
The opportunity for you to contribute to the safety of your community.
Professional NFPA 1001 certified firefighting education transferable anywhere in North America.
Additional benefits such as WCB and life insurance coverage.
Aptitude for physically demanding but gratifying work
Positive, team-oriented personality
3 hours of weekly training/practice nights, min. of one Saturday per month
Interested candidates should be 18 years of age or older*. No previous experience is necessary, all personal safety equipment provided.
Recruitment is carried out annually in late August/Early September, recruitment packages can be obtained through the County website or they can be picked up at the District of Legal Fire Department. For more information on firefighter recruitment contact 780-939-8416.
Note: Individuals aged 16 and 17 may be considered depending on personal suitability.
Training and Support
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.
Fire Inspection/Fire Prevention Services
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.
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.