Fire Services

FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES

Fire Bans

Please visit this page often for notification in the event the fire ban situation changes.  For bans throughout Alberta, check out www.albertafirebans.ca 


THERE ARE NO CURRENT FIRE BANS IN PLACE

 

Conditions of fire permits and fire bans must be followed. Failure to do so will result in a minimum penalty of $300.00.

Please ensure all previous permitted fires are completely extinguished and all smoking material is out or disposed of in a burn proof container rather than tossing onto the ground or out a vehicle window.


FIRE BAN Info Sheet (defines types of bans and what is/not allowed)

During a Total Fire Ban, there will be absolutely NO BURNING!

This includes: burning barrels, smudge, and recreational fires. All fire permits issued are cancelled until further notice. Burning during a fire ban could result in a minimum penalty of $300.00, plus any related costs for extinguishing the fire.

During a Partial Fire Ban, only recreational and incinerator fires are allowed. All other fires are still banned. These recreational and incinerator fires must be contained, supervised and fully extinguished upon completion.

Burning without a permit could result in a minimum penalty of $500.00.

When fires burn out of control in our County, extra demand is placed on staff and our volunteer fire fighters, creating large costs. The County will be aggressively pursuing cost recovery from individuals who light fires during a ban, or burn without a permit.

Fire Permits

Fire Permits are regulated under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and Regulations and must be obtained throughout all four seasons of the year for many reasons, such as:

  • Regulating fires during special weather conditions;

  • Specifying certain conditions to ensure control of the fire;

  • Contacting the fire department before burning so they know the whereabouts and type of fire they are dealing with.

Permits can be obtained by calling the County office (780-846-2244 and please ensure your fax machine is on). You will need to give your contact information, the land location of the fire, and the type of material you will be burning. Permits are given an expiry date and must be signed to be valid and conditions on the permit must be followed. Prior to burning, you must contact the toll-free number on the permit to inform 911 where and when you will be burning so they can inform the appropriate fire departments. An information sheet about burning is also included with your permit.

NOTE: If a County wide Fire Ban had been declared, all previously issued permits automatically become VOID. It is the landowner’s responsibility to ensure there is not a current Fire Ban on prior to burning. If the Fire Ban is lifted prior to the expiration date on your permit, your permit becomes valid again.

For some important information regarding Backyard Burning please click here.

For Information on STRAW & STUBBLE BURNING please click here.


 

Prevention & Education

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK is in OCTOBER
Watch for Special Local Events

One of the best ways you can help out yourself, your family and the fire department is to be pro-active when it comes to fire prevention. There are a number of things that you can do to keep your family safe.

  • Keep emergency numbers beside each phone and ensure everyone knows how to use them.
  • Have working fire extinguishers in your home and make sure everyone knows the steps on how to operate them.
  • Be very careful when cooking with oil and grease. Fires caused by these are one of the fastest spreading and destructive of all types of residential fires. 
  • Have a fire escape plan AND practice it.
  • Have smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly.
  • Educate yourself and your family about hazards (carbon monoxide, chemicals, machinery on the farm) and what to do in an emergency (taking a first aid course is a good tool, babysitter’s courses for teens etc.).
  • Use caution when using a fireplace or candles. Ensure children are never unsupervised when these items are being used. 
  • Participate in local fire prevention week activities. Local fire departments often initiate education programs in schools or community events (such as fundraisers) to raise awareness.

For more tips and facts on fire prevention see the Fire Prevention Canada website here.

Other Resources:

Office of the Fire Commissioner
Fire Safety - fire safety for families and educators
Home Hazards - interactive resources for kids
Kids Activity Book 2014
Kids Activity Book 2015
Kids Activity Book 2016
Kids Activity Book 2018

Recruitment

Are you interested in serving your community? If you are professional, quick thinking and dedicated, the Fire Departments within the County of Vermilion River want to hear from you! If you fit the criteria below, then you can become a volunteer fire fighter:

  • Be of at least 18 years of age.
  • Ages 16-18 are allowed to join the fire department however will be constantly supervised and will not be allowed to participate in active fires or drive the fire apparatus (trucks).
  • Those over the age of 65 will not be allowed to drive the fire apparatus and all other duties will be of the discretion of the fire chief.

Until you have achieved the training of First Aid and CPR as well as the S300 course (outlines general knowledge and skills, self contained breathing apparatus, hazardous areas, structural search and rescue and equipment cleaning and checking), you will not be able to respond to actual calls.

Some of the responsibilities you will have once you become a volunteer firefighter are:

  • To be familiar with all policies and operating guidelines
  • To attend all meetings and training sessions
  • To wear all assigned protective clothing
  • To respond to all emergency and non-emergency calls to protect lives and property
  • To perform emergency medical care when needed up to the level you are trained
  • To assist with the cleanliness and upkeep of the fire hall and all contents within
  • To conduct oneself in a mature, professional, and courteous manner at all times, on and off duty

If you want to provide a service to your community but would be unable to offer the time commitment and physical demands of being a firefighter, you can provide other services such as administrative duties. Such duties would include:

  • Filling out the fire and accident report forms
  • Helping with the upkeep of the Hall
  • Updating and keeping current:
    • Contact lists
    • Training roster
    • Apparatus and hall inventory
  • Organizing fund raising campaigns and appreciation events

As per County of Vermilion River policy and mutual aid agreements between the County and the Villages of Marwayne, Dewberry, Paradise Valley, Kitscoty and the Town of Vermilion, all those firefighters that attend calls will be paid an hourly honorarium as well as a set honorarium for attending training courses. 

If you are interested in joining any one of the fire departments or just want more information, click on the links below:

Blackfoot Fire Department

Clandonald Fire Department

LOCATION:

Northern half of County close to Hwy 45 & 41 and the Village of Dewberry
Primarily Agriculture with some oil and gas activity 

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT:

3 Bay Hall (shares with County Public Works)
Pumper Truck
Tanker Truck
Rapid Response Rescue Vehicle

RESPONSE AREA:

Zone 1
Township Road 523 to the south, to the western boundary of the County, to the northern boundary of the County, following the North Saskatchewan River to Lea Park and following the Vermilion River to Range Road 40 to the east.

DEPARTMENT:

19 members
If you are interested in joining the Clandonald Fire Department, you can contact CVR at 780-846-2244.

CLANDONALD STATS 2006-2013

Dewberry Fire Department

LOCATION:

Northern half of County close to Hwy 45 & 41
Primarily Agriculture with some oil and gas activity

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT:

3 Bay Hall
Pumper Truck
Tanker Truck
Rescue Unit

RESPONSE AREA:

Zone 1
Township Road 523 to the south, to the western boundary of the County, to the northern boundary of the County, following the North Saskatchewan River to Lea Park and following the Vermilion River to Range Road 40 to the east.

DEPARTMENT:

17 members

If you are interested in joining the Dewberry Fire & Rescue Department, you can contact CVR at 780-846-2244 or the Village of Dewberry at 780-847-3053.

DEWBERRY STATS 2006-2013

Islay Fire Department

LOCATION:

Centrally located in the County close to Hwy 16 & 893
Primarily Agriculture 
Includes Hamlet of Islay

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT:

2 Bay Hall (shares with County Public Works)
Pumper Truck
Bush Buggy

RESPONSE AREA:

Zone 4
Township Road 523 to the north, Hwy 16 to the south, Range Road 50 1/2 to the west, and Range Road 35 1/2 to the east

DEPARTMENT:

13 members
If you are interested in joining the Islay Fire Department, you can contact CVR at
780-846-2244.

ISLAY STATS 2006-2013

Kitscoty Fire Department

LOCATION:

East Central section of County close to Hwy 16 & 897
Primarily Agriculture with a significant amount of oil and gas activity, as well as residential and industrial subdivisions
Includes Village of Kitscoty

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT:

5 Bay Hall 
2 Pumper Trucks
1 Tanker Unit
1 Rescue Unit 

RESPONSE AREA:

Zone 5 (fire calls) and 5 & 6 (rescue calls) 
Township Road 513 1/2 to the north, Range Road 43 to the west, Range Road 23 1/2 to the east, and Township Road 483 1/2 to south

DEPARTMENT:

15 members.

If you are interested in joining the Kitscoty Fire & Rescue department, you can contact CVR at 780-846-2244 or contact the Village of Kitscoty at 780-846-2221.

KITSCOTY STATS 2006-2013

Marwayne Fire Department

LOCATION:

Northern half of County close to Hwy 45 & 897
Primarily Agriculture with a significant amount of oil and gas activity 
Includes Village of Marwayne

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT:

4 Bay Hall (shares with Village of Marwayne)
2 Pumper Trucks
Rescue Unit
Rapid Response Vehicle

RESPONSE AREA:

Zone 2
Township Road 513 1/2 to the south, County boundary to the north, Vermilion River to the west to Range Road 35 1/2, Hwy 17 excluding Makoo Indian Reserve to east

DEPARTMENT:

19 members.

If you are interested in joining the Marwayne Fire & Rescue department, you can contact CVR at 780-846-2244 or the Village of Marwayne at 780-847-3962.

Congratulations to the Marwayne Fire & Rescue for being the final winner of $50,000 from UFA Get N Give Contest!!

NEW TRUCK (Oct 2016)!!!

MARWAYNE STATS 2006-2013

Paradise Valley Fire Department

LOCATION:

Southern half of County close to Hwy 897, 619 and the Battle River
Primarily Agriculture with a few large cattle & hog operations
Includes Rivercourse and McLaughlin

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT:

5 Bay Hall (shares with Village of P.V.)
Pumper Truck
Tanker Truck
Rapid Response Vehicle

RESPONSE AREA:

Zone 6
Township Road 483 1/2 to the north, Range Road 43 to the west, Hwy 17 to east and Battle River to south

DEPARTMENT:

27 members.
If you are interested in joining the Paradise Valley Fire Department, you can contact CVR at 780-846-2244 or the Village of Paradise Valley at 780-745-2287.

PARADISE VALLEY STATS 2006-2013

Vermilion Fire Department

 
 
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