Fire and Emergency Services – NL has various responsibilities including,
but not limited to overseeing the provisions of legislation and statutes
pertaining to Fire Services. The various pieces of legislation and statutes
include the following:
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Relevant sections of the Municipalities Act
Under The Municipalities Act, Section 204, pertains to the
declaration of a state of emergency within a municipality. The following passage
details the contents of Section 204;
- Where, in the opinion of the council or chairperson or mayor, an emergency exists because of
(a) a disaster;
(b) a snowstorm or flood; or
(c) a shortage of water
the council, chairperson or mayor may declare a state of emergency in the
municipality or part of the municipality.
And, under The Municipalities Act, Section 405, pertains to
orders by council when a declaration under Section 204 has been declared.
- (1)Where a state of emergency is declared under section 204, a council, chairperson or mayor may order
(a) the closing of or the hours of operation of businesses and schools or a class of businesses and schools, in the municipality;
(b) the banning or controlling of public gatherings;
(c) the evacuation of buildings;
(d) the restriction or prohibition of the use of vehicles or a class of vehicles on the streets of the municipality;
(e) that children below a stated age or in certain age categories not be permitted on a public road, park or in a place of amusement during prescribed hours, whether alone or in the company of a parent, guardian or other adult; and
(f) the restriction or prohibition of the use of water in the municipality.
(2) Subsections 404(2) to (6) apply, with the necessary changes, to an order made by a council under subsection (1).
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