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Fire Station – Set forth the requirement for a well designed and located fire station to serve the department and the community.


Alarm Notification – Re quire a reliable means of providing for 24 hour receipt of alarms and the immediate notification of fire fighters required to respond to these alarms.


Water Supply – Require that a fire department has an adequate water supply for fire suppression purposes.

Society Act

The other alternative would be to form an association incorporated under the Society Act, RSA 1980.  The disadvantage with this method is that the department could not meet the definition of a “recognized” fire department as it would not have local government involvement or a sustainable source of funding such as taxation, fees for services provided, contracts, permit fees or other reliable sources of revenue which will support the cost of services provided.

It is important that fire departments be organized in accordance with the laws of the province to protect the members in matters of legal responsibility.  The first step therefore should be to contact any existing local government bodies providing services in the community to solicit their support in the review and establishment process.

Where fire service is being considered inside a municipality, this service would have to be undertaken as a municipal service.  When fire protection is being considered outside a municipality, this type of service request would generally be unwilling to provide this service, then this service could be undertaken as an Improvement District service (either as a new service or a new Improvement District.)

A by-law providing for the establishment, organization and regulation of a fire department within a municipality must be made up in accordance with the Municipal Government Act, Part 2, Section 7, Division 1.

The following steps should be undertaken in order to support a request for fire protection service establishment as a Municipal, Regional District or Improvement District responsibility:


Carry out an “economic and technical” feasibility study.

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