FAQ's

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Sparky the Fire Dog

Sparky the Fire Dog has been an international symbol to help children learn about fire and fire safety since 1951.

For Sparky's story, games, and family fire safety tips and information, visit the Sparky's website.

Also check out the following links for games and activities about fire safety:

 

Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents -- more lanes than are necessary?

It's for the safety of our personnel and our patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safe when they go back to our apparatus to get more equipment, and it helps protect the victim we're trying to stabilize.

 

Why do firefighters get upset when you drive over fire hoses?

The fire hose is the lifeline of a firefighter when fighting a fire. If you drive over it, the hose can be damaged, and any firefighter at the end of a nozzle will have the water interrupted -- possibly causing injury or death.

 

Who are the volunteer Fire Fighters in my community?

They are your next door neighbour, the soccer mom down the street, and the construction worker you see at the local gas station each morning – people just like you. They are people in your community that have a desire to contribute to the safety and protection of the community and have taken some basic training to be able to do that.

 

Do my taxes cover Fire Response?

Property taxation goes towards the sustaining of a fire service however does not cover any actual costs if the department is called to your location to attend a fire.  This is where insurance kicks in.  It is recommended that you have  $15,000.00 to 20,000.00 Fire Protection insurance.

 

I need to call the fire department but it's not an emergency; what number should I call?

Our phone number is 306-307-2076.

 

What can I expect when a piece of apparatus responds to an emergency?

When we receive a 911 call, firefighters will respond to the fire hall as quickly and as safely as possible without breaking the law. We have an expectation that our firefighters will be in full gear and have the back wheels of their apparatus out the door in approximately 60 seconds. The location and type of emergency will be used to determine whether the apparatus will use their lights and sirens and also which direction they will be travelling in. When an apparatus returns from an emergency, the firefighters immediately prepare the truck to respond to another emergency (i.e. used hoses are washed and hung to dry and the truck is restocked; SCBA bottles are filled; etc).

 

Can I arrange a tour of the fire hall?

Yes. The department provides tours and can provide fire safety presentations for small groups with adequate notice. These can be arranged by calling the fire hall main number and making a request with the Chief.

 

What is the difference between a fire engine and a rescue squad?

A fire truck is a heavy vehicle equipped with specialized systems supporting fire suppression efforts. Examples of these systems include water tanks, pumps, aerial ladders, tower platforms, hydraulic rescue tools, and generators. Most types of fire trucks also transport fire fighting crews. Interestingly, firefighters rarely refer to these vehicles as fire trucks. Instead, we use the terms apparatus or unit when communicating with other fire fighters. A fire engine is one type of fire apparatus and refers to a vehicle that can pump water and is equipped with a water tank and hose lines. A rescue squad is a specialty unit equipped with high power electric generators, winch systems and hydraulic rescue tools. A crew of fire fighters staffs both types of units.

 

How many fire stations form the Legacy Regional Protective Services?

Legacy Regional Protective Services proudly protects 3249 people living in an area of 1026 square kilometers. We operate out of three stations that protect a primarily rural area:

 

    Station 1: 3917 12th St Lloydminster   

    Station 2: 28 Main Street Marshall (link to hall page)

 

    Station 3: 501 1st S E Lashburn (link to hall page)

Response Area Map

 

Where is the closest fire station to my house?

Contact the Regional Chief at 306-307-2076 and provide your address. Someone will be able to give you the closest fire station/hall. Also, click on Response Areas  to find the fire station/hall nearest you.


Will the Fire Department respond to get a cat or other animal out of a tree?

We will generally not respond unless there are extreme circumstances. We recommend setting food out and calling the cat. This could also be directed to the Winnebago County Animal Control.

We are called to assist the public with many different situations. These include but are not restricted to assisting with flooding, helping the elderly or infirm back into bed, and investigating unusual situations (electrical/smoke/possible hazardous conditions). We typically do not rescue cats from trees.

 

How do I become a Volunteer Firefighter?

Information on requirements and how to become a Volunteer firefighter can be found on our Recruitment page.

 

Are volunteer firefighters expected to attend all emergency calls?

No, it is understood that there will be times when a volunteer is not available. That is why maintaining a healthy roster is important to the fire department.

 

How do I obtain a residential or commercial fire burn permit?

Read more about how to obtain a burn permit

   

What should I do if I smell gas?

Evacuate your residence and call 911 (Fire Department) from a neighbours house.

 

What does it mean if my smoke alarm or CO detector is 'chirping'?

If either of your smoke alarm or CO detector are battery operated, replace the battery. If the smoke alarm continues to chirp, it may be indicating that it needs to be replaced—the sensor may be fatigued. The rule of thumb is that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. If the CO detector is chirping—check the manufacturers' instructions—it may be that the model you own gives off a chirp as a low level warning or it also needs replacing. The life expectancy of a CO detector is approximately 5 years.

What kind of smoke alarm should I purchase?

Essentially there are two smoke alarm technologies. There is photoelectric, which responds to smouldering fires, and there is ionization which responds to flaming fires. Confirm that the smoke alarm is UL/ULC listed—it is identified on the packaging and on the sticker on the alarm itself. If you are putting a smoke alarm in your kitchen, always a good idea, it is advisable to select a smoke alarm with a hush feature—this allows you to push a 'hush' button to silence a nuisance alarm, without taking the battery out of the alarm and rendering the alarm useless.

 

Do I have to have a fire extinguisher?

Even though you are not required by law to have a fire extinguisher in your residence, it is always a good idea.

 

What kind of Fire Extinguisher should I purchase for my home?

A good general purpose fire extinguish is an ABC. The 'A' is for ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper; 'B' is for flammable liquids such as cooking grease/oil and gasoline, etc.; 'C' is for electrical fires, such as energized appliances. The fire extinguisher should be mounted in your home close to the room exit, and it should be accessible at all times (nothing blocking it). You should know how to use the fire extinguisher correctly. Again, as with the smoke alarms, ensure the fire extinguishers are UL/ULC listed.
        

What are the types of fire bans ? 

 

There are 2 types of Fire Bans:    

  1. Partial Fire Ban 

    This Ban is applied to all open burning of any outdoor fire that may create a public safety hazard

     

  2. Complete Fire Ban

    This Ban is applied to ALL OPEN BURNING OF ANY OUTDOOR FIRE that may create a public hazard

The Rural Municipality of Wilton closely monitors the risk for fires and will enact a Fire Ban when required. When a Fire Ban is active, all issued fire permits are cancelled – this means that if you already have a fire permit, it is cancelled and you will not be able to burn until the ban is lifted and you have reapplied.

Fire Bans against burning shall be advertised through local media and posted on fire hazard signs within the municipality.  Click here for more detailed FIRE BAN INFORMATION

 

Do I always need to pull to the right when emergency vehicles are approaching?

We all need to do our part when it comes to safety. Watch for emergency vehicles, yield the right of way and slow down when passing personnel on the highway. It's that simple, and it can mean the difference between helping in 1 emergency and causing another.

When police cars, fire engines, ambulances, or other emergency vehicles approach using sirens, emergency lights, or other warning devices, you MUST YIELD the right of way.

DRIVE AT ONCE TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND STOP until the emergency vehicle has passed. 

Scan your mirrors periodically to check for flashing lights and have your stereo volume low enough to hear sirens.

If an emergency vehicle approaches you with lights flashing or sirens engaged safely pull over to the right side of the road as quickly as possible. On 1-way streets, motorists should pull over to the nearest curb.

Emergency vehicles have the right-of-way and take precedence over all other traffic. Keep to the side of the street until they have safely passed and watch closely for additional emergency vehicles approaching from behind.

Don't enter an intersection until the emergency vehicle is completely through it, even if you have a green light. The only exception to this rule is when a peace officer gives you other directions.

These rules also apply when meeting an emergency vehicle on the highway.

If an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road with its lights flashing, you must slow to 60 km/h unless you're driving on the opposite side of a divided highway. The same rule applies for tow trucks and other service vehicles at the side of the highway with amber or amber and blue lights flashing.

Failing to slow down puts emergency workers and other motorists at risk of serious injury or even death. What's more, you'll face a fine of $170, plus $4 for every km over the 60 km/h speed limit. The fine increases to $8 for every km over the 60 km/h speed limit if a driver is going more than 30 km/h over the speed limit.

Simply put, if you maintain a highway speed of 100 km/h as you pass an emergency worker, you'll face a $570 ticket.