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Rural Living in Lethbridge County & Emergency Services

  • Response times for emergency services cannot be guaranteed in Lethbridge County. Under some conditions you may find that emergency service response times are slow due to circumstances beyond the control of the provider. Travel distances, road and weather conditions, emergency call volumes and the availability of emergency service personnel can all affect emergency response times.
  • The physical characteristics of your property can be a positive or a negative in terms of fire prevention. Vegetation such as trees, shrubs, grass or other combustibles all provide fuel for fires. Defendable perimeters and removal of combustible materials around and adjacent to buildings and other valuables will help to prevent the spread of fire and fire losses. You are the best resource for the prevention of fires but if a fire should occur on your property, do not hesitate to call 911.
  • Rural emergency services are most often provided by dedicated individuals that add emergency services to their already full-time lives. Emergency services provided by "volunteers" are often funded, equipped and staffed at lower levels than those of full-time services and public expectations of rural emergency services should come with an understanding of these limitations.
  • Rural water supplies for fire fighting operations are often inadequate or non existent. The pressurized fire hydrants found in urban areas do not generally exist in rural areas and emergency services are often limited to the water supplies carried on their own apparatuses. Residents in rural areas should consider on-site water supplies accessible and maintained for fire fighting operations.