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Fire and Emergency Services

The City of Lethbridge’s Fire and Emergency Services staff deliver fire suppression and emergency response services to the Lethbridge community. Our Fire Prevention Bureau delivers fire safety programs and education, and fire prevention assistance and enforcement. Staff also facilitate fire inspections for homes and new buildings/occupancy, distribute fire permits and issue fire watches when environmental conditions and temperatures are conducive to a greater risk for fire.

We are committed to educating the public around proper fire safety and fire prevention to create a safer community.

Recruitment and careers

Learn how to apply to be a part of Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services as a firefighter. Discover more information about the hiring process, what you need to apply, testing qualifications, new recruit training, ride-alongs and how to be notified of new job postings.

Regulations and inquiries

Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services is here to support you with the proper permits and information to help keep our community safe.

Fire bans temporarily ban backyard fire pits when conditions are hot and dry. Keep track of current fire bans in effect throughout Lethbridge.

Backyard fire pit permits are not required in the City of Lethbridge; however, all residents must be familiar and abide with our Open Burning Bylaw. Check out our fire permit information and application process if you wish to:

  • Learn about the requirements you must have in place when operating a fire pit
  • Learn how to apply for a commercial Open Burn Permit
  • Learn how to apply for a Pyrotechnic Permit or a Fire Performance Permit if you wish to discharge firework displays or host a fire performance (fire spinning, etc.)

Discover how to request a home inspection or a new building/occupancy with Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services.

Report a fire safety complain to our fire prevention bureau and we will follow up with you on your matter.

You can request a fire watch (a physical patrol of a building’s common areas, property exterior and other designated rooms/areas) if life safety systems become inoperable, such as fire alarm systems, sprinkler suppression systems and emergency generators.

In an attempt to reduce the number of false alarm responses by Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services, Bylaw 5542 allows Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services to charge a fee for services regarding false fire alarms.

False Alarm Fees

All false alarm fees are calculated per calendar year)

  • 1st Response: No Charge, Warning Letter
  • 2nd Response: $75.00
  • 3rd Response: $350.00
  • 4th response and over: $675.00

Fees will be charged for: 

  • Alarms ringing due to construction dust and hot works
  • ​Reoccurring mechanical problems: i.e. faulty heat detector or changes in water pressure

Fees will not be charged for:

  • Pull box accidentally activated
  • ​Alarm rings, building supervisor verifies it is a false alarm and immediately calls 911
  • ​Fire extinguished by resident

Safety and education

Our Fire Prevention Bureau offers many different safety and education  programs to help inform the community.

Community involvement

Learn about the many opportunities available for you to interact with staff in the community!

Visit Lethbridge Fire Fighters Charities to learn how you can help support the team by donating, purchasing merchandise or attending events that support:

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lethbridge and District
  • Diabetes Canada
  • Lethbridge Family Services
  • Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in an emergency medical or fire situation? Nominate them and their efforts to be a Community Hero! Please provide their name, a description of the incident and your name and contact information.

As part of Fire Prevention Week each fall, we partner with local schools to name a deserving student a Fire Chief for a Day! Each year, we encourage students to learn about the week’s theme and fire prevention lessons. The Fire Chief for the Day gets to take part in a cool firefighter experience, including fire training, lunch at the station and a snazzy new uniform.

Founded in 2008, the Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums is a pipe band dedicated to providing traditional bagpipe and drum music to the community.

LifeCare lockboxes

Lethbridge Fire and Emergency services partners with Chinook LifeCare to provide residential and commercial lockboxes that allow emergency responders easy access in the case of an emergency.

Fire Department Master Plan

View the Lethbridge Fire Department Master Plan for more information on our:

  • Supportive plans and strategies
  • Planning process
  • Core business, programs and service levels (including mission statement and vision)
  • Fire prevention and injury reduction
  • Existing stations, staffing, current and future deployment models and options
  • Fleet and equipment
  • Implementation and recommendations

Fire station locations


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