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False Alarms

​In an attempt to reduce the number of false alarm responses by Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services, Bylaw 5542  came into effect on January 1, 2010. This allows Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services to charge a fee for services regarding false fire alarms.

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(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 the following: 



​Alarms ringing due to construction dust and hot works​Phone monitoring company and disptach (403)327-3333 prior to work starting
​Reoccurring mechanical problems: i.e. faulty heat detector or changes in water pressure​Call a service company


No Fees will be charged for the following:



​Pull box accidentally activated

​No fee

​Alarm rings, building supervisor verifies it is a false alarm. Immediately calls 911​Fire truck will respond without lights and sirens. With no charge
​Fire extinguished by resident​Fire truck will respond to ensure fire is out with no charge

Every fire call will be reviewed to determine if there will be a charge for service.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 403-320-3811 or email