SPFD

The Stony Plain Fire Department (SPFD) is comprised of 49 dedicated men and women.  There are 6 full time firefighters and 43 casual firefighters on staff. 

The Stony Plain Fire Department is located at 4000 - 49 Avenue. The station is staffed Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Please call 780-963-3551 for general inquiries. 

Always call 911 in an emergency!

Fire Advisory

The Town of Stony Plain is currently under a Fire Advisory.  

Backyard fires are permitted in approved fire pits, smokers, BBQs, fire tables and gas fed appliances are acceptable for use with extreme caution. Fire permits are suspended or cancelled until conditions improve.

While backyard fires are currently allowed, a fire ban may be implemented if conditions worsen. 

Follow these fire safe tips:

• Always use a screen spark arrestor with wood-burning firepits

• Fully extinguish firepits and solid fuel BBQs before leaving them unattended

Remember to be cautious when using smoking materials (cannabis, cigarettes, cigars, matches, or lighters) and dispose of cigarette butts only in appropriate metal containers. Never throw cigarette butts out the window of a vehicle or building, and do not extinguish them in flower pots or planters.

Fire restriction levels with descriptions: No Restrictions, Fire Advisory, Fire Ban

Learn more about Fire Hazard Levels below.

Fire Hazard Levels

No Restrictions
Fires are permitted in approved backyard fire pits, smokers, BBQs, fire tables and gas fed appliances are acceptable for use. Larger outside fires are allowed with a permit from the fire department.
Fire Advisory

Fires are allowed in approved backyard fire pits, smokers, BBQs, fire tables and gas fed appliances are acceptable for use with extreme caution. Fire permits are suspended or cancelled until conditions improve.

Fire Ban
No open burning of solid fuel appliances permitted. This includes back yard fire pits and wood fired smokers. Only propane or natural gas fed appliances are acceptable for use. Fire permits are cancelled indefinitely.

 

Events and Information

 Emergency Services

Call 911 in an emergency

SPFD responds to:

  • Structural Fires

  • Grass Fires

  • Vehicle Fires

  • Hazardous Materials Incidents

  • Motor Vehicle Collisions

  • Ice Rescues

  • Medical first response through Alberta Health Services Medical First Responder program

We also provide:

  • Fire Prevention Information

  • Fire Inspections

  • Fire Investigations

  • Fire and Rescue training

Emergency Preparedness 

Emergencies or disasters can happen any time and it is important to be prepared. Sign up for Alberta Emergency Alerts.

Make a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit to help take care of yourself and your family in an emergency. 

Emergency Kit Checklist (alberta.ca)

Stony Plain Emergency Preparedness Booklet

 

False Alarm Bylaw

The False Alarm Bylaw was created to help reduce false alarms, reduce significant financial impacts on the SPFD, and to keep Fire Services available to respond to true emergencies.

To help prevent false alarms, residents and business owners are encouraged to work with their alarm company and request phone contact prior to the alarm company contacting 9-1-1.

 Fee Schedule

  • First Alarm - no charge
  • Second Alarm - no charge
  • Third and Subsequent Alarms - $250

 

Fire Pits 

There are currently no bans on recreational fire pits within Town limits, but please check Fire Bans Alberta for up to date information.

You can have a fire pit in Stony Plain as long as you follow our fire pit guidelines and the open burning bylaw. We encourage safe and responsible burning when using your backyard fire pit.

We ask you to use caution when using any open fire. Adhere to the following steps to keep yourself and your property safe:

  • Backyard fires must be kept small
  • Fire pits cannot be used in close proximity to combustibles
  • Keep a garden hose close by when enjoying your fire pit
  • Only use clean, dry wood
  • Ensure your fire pit has a mesh screen cover of 12mm or less
  • Ensure your smoke is not impacting your neighbours  

 

Please contact us for open burn permits. 

 

Contact the Fire Department

Fire Prevention 

Fire Prevention Week

Join NFPA® in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW). This year’s campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape," works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

Home fire escape planning and practicing

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance so they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.

Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!

“Fire Won’t Wait.  Plan Your Escape”

  • Make sure your home escape plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound
  • Know at least two ways out of every room if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, its 100th anniversary, and this year’s theme, visit www.nfpa.org/fpw.

Smoke alarms at home

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! A working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Follow these helpful fire safety tips to keep up with fire safety in your home:

  • 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
  • Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are tested and in good repair, they do not last forever. Follow manufactures recommendations on their life span, testing, and maintenance
  • Change the battery in your alarms every 6 months, every time we adjust for daylight savings, change your smoke alarm batteries
  • Regularly dust or vacuum your smoke alarms
  • Use a combination of both hard-wired and battery-powered alarms.

 

 

Fire Safety Inspections

We provide fire safety inspections upon request. During an inspection, SPFD looks for hazards such as: 

  • Exit signs and emergency lighting that do not illuminate

  • Fire extinguishers that require servicing

  • Blocked or obstructed building exits

  • Sprinklers that do not have enough room to work properly

  • Combustible materials stored near sources of heat

The Stony Plain Fire Department is changing its Lock Box Program to improve Fire Department building access.

To learn more about the Knox eLock system, visit knoxbox.com

Contact the Fire Department at 780-963-3551 for more information or to request an inspection.

 

Casual Firefighter Recruitment
Firefighters

If you have a love for your community, a desire to commit yourself to a higher calling, and a passion to help others, you are who we are looking for. 

All casual firefighters receive hourly compensation when responding to emergency incidents and for attending regular evening practices. 

SPFD recruits new casual firefighters every fall to start in December. Applications will be available and accepted online beginning in September.

Recruitment Process

In order to become a Casual Firefighter you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid Class 5 Alberta driver's license with no more than 6 demerit points
  • Have a criminal records check (vulnerable sector)
  • Be able to communicate clearly in English in stressful situations
  • Live in the Town of Stony Plain

Applications are reviewed the first week of October and those candidates selected to enter the recruitment competition will be contacted.

Written test and interview

  • Reading comprehension
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to understand instructions/direction
  • Department profile
  • Interview with SPFD panel

Physical testing

  • Medical clearance from a physician for firefighting operations
  • Job related physical testing 

Candidate selection and orientation

  • Final review and applicant scoring
  • Offer letter 
  • Town of Stony Plain orientation completed
  • 280 hours of recruit training
Training 

New Casual Firefighters are trained on:

  • Personal protective equipment and self contained breathing apparatus, department health and safety program
  • Exterior fire suppression (vehicle fires, flammable liquids, exposure protection)
  • Interior fire operations (Residential structure fires, apartment fires, commercial fires)
  • Firefighter self-rescue techniques
  • Hazardous materials awareness level
  • Motor Vehicle rescue awareness
  • Ice Rescue awareness
  • Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR with enhanced medical skills training through AHS 

New SPFD recruits complete orientation the beginning of December.  The SPFD recruit training program runs on a combination of Monday evenings and 1 to 2 weekends per month from January to September with final certification testing in October.  All training provided by the department meets or exceeds National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) industry standards and is certified with accreditation through the Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner.

Fire Department History

The Stony Plain Fire Department was first established in 1908. The current station was opened in 2006. 

fire mural

Government of Alberta Videos

FireSmart

FireSmart teaches residents and stakeholders how to mitigate the risks and impacts of fires that affect communities and infrastructure.  

For more information, please visit FireSmart Alberta.

Off-Highway Vehicles

To learn more about wildfire prevention tips for OHVs, all-terrain vehicles, and other vehicles designed for travelling off public roads and on unpaved trails, scan the QR code or check out Open Alberta

Smoking Fire Safety Tips

Smoking materials are responsible for many preventable fires.  Every time you light a cigarette, you potentially increase the risk of an unintended fire.

While accidents happen, smoking related fires are almost always preventable.

If you're a smoker, if you have a smoker living in your home, or if you have a business or property where smoking happens, please consider the following tips:

The fire danger is changing

As more people have moved outside to smoke, there has been a shift in smoking related fires from indoors to outdoors.  Instead of the sofa or bed catching fire, fires in planters on balconies or decks have been a growing concern.  In dry conditions, it doesn't take much more than a butt tossed off a balcony or from a vehicle window to start a grassfire that could potentially affect an entire community.  Smoking outdoors may reduce risks inside, but it comes with a new set of risks outside!

Stubbing out safely

The best way to extinguish your cigarette is in a non-combustible container filled with non-combustible material.  That could be sand in a metal bucket, a can, or in a glass jar.  The most important thing to remember is that planters and flower pots are NEVER a safe place for cigarette butts.  The soil in planters or pots is not dirt, and often contains organic material that will burn or smoulder for hours.  You could think you've successfully stubbed out a cigarette in the morning, only to have the back of your house fully engulfed in flames in the afternoon.  Sand in an empty can is cheap and easy.  Replacing a home is not.

Cannabis and fire safety

While cannabis and tobacco burn differently, there are still similar risks associated with having any burning, smouldering product in your home.  Always have non-combustible ashtrays on hand and be careful to keep matches or lighters away from children.

Medical oxygen and smoking

If you're using medical oxygen, you shouldn't be smoking, and neither should anyone else in your home.  Medical oxygen saturates hair and fabrics (including clothing, bedding, and furniture), so even if you turn off the oxygen temporarily, the severe fire risk remains.  The same ban applies to candles and any other open flame, as the additional oxygen in your home's air can have unexpected effects on any flame.  The heat and intensity of oxygen-fed fires can be fatal.  If you have allowed smoking in your home or building in the past, put signs on your doors warning visitors as they enter that smoking is no longer allowed because of the extreme risk of fire and burns due to the presence of medical oxygen.