Fire Service

Fire Prevention Week

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.

Not every hero wears a cape. PLAN and PRACTICE your ESCAPE!

Fire Prevention Week is October 6 to 12, 2019

Home Fire Escape Planning

  • Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes.
  • A home escape plan should include the following:
    • Two exits from every room in the home – usually a door and a window
    • Properly installed and working smoke alarms
    • A meeting place outside in front of the home where everyone will meet after they exit
    • A call to 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone

Smoke Alarms

  • 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 in half the risk of dying in a home fire.
  • 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.

Cooking

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. 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.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.

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 metre) 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.

FIRE BAN / RESTRICTION NOTICE

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.

Fire Bylaw #02-2009

Fire Service Overview

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.

Our Mandate

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"

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