Jun 4, 2017   -   

Two young teens were pulled from a house fire, with a large contingent of emergency crews responding to a house fire at 9:27 p.m. at 17808 93 St. on Sunday.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services Deputy Chief Scott MacDonald said two young teenagers were rushed to hospital after an emergency crew performed CPR.

“It’s not looking good,” he said.

The fire started in the kitchen and was contained there, but two teenage children were extracated from the upstairs.

“They both were getting CPR at the time,” MacDonald said.

The father was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at the scene, while the mother escaped unharmed.

Up to a dozen emergency response vehicles were on the street in the Lago Lindo neighbourhood east of 97 Street and south of Anthony Henday Drive.

Fire Rescue Services and Emergency Medical Services paramedics were later joined by Edmonton Police Service officers.

One firefighter had a rolled ankle. Fire crews arrived on scene at 9:32 p.m. and fire was brought under control at 9:52 p.m., MacDonald said. 

“It was a very good job by the crews; they worked very hard to get people out,” MacDonald said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.




May 31, 2017   -   Town of Edson asks residents to conserve water after downtown fire des

Residents of Edson, Alta. were being asked to continue conserving water wherever possible on Wednesday and town officials said “non-essential water services will continue to be closed this week” as water levels recover from a large downtown fire on Tuesday that destroyed a historic building.

According to posts on the Town of Edson’s Facebook page, fire crews from Edson, Hinton and Yellowhead County were called to a fire at a buidling on 50 Street between 4 Avenue and 5 Avenue at around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“On arrival, the building was fully involved and Edson crews worked quickly to contain the blaze and ensure there was no spread to nearby buildings,” one post read.

No injuries were reported but the town said the fire claimed one building while adjacent buildings suffered some water and smoke damage. The fire also disrupted traffic on Highway 16.

According to the Town of Edson, the building that was lost housed both businesses and some apartments. People who were living in the apartments have lost their belongings and the town said donations were being accepted at the Edson Recycling Centre during regular hours. They said only household items were being accepted, no clothing.

Among the steps the city is taking to conserve water as a result of the fire is asking residents not to water their lawns until further notice. The town’s spray park and truck fill station will also remain closed until Friday afternoon.

The town said the building that was destroyed by the blaze was built “around 1920.”

The cause of the fire is not known.

Edson is located about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.




May 23, 2017   -   Fire destroys historic Alberta church

May 23, 2017, Morley, Alta. - An historic 19th century church in southern Alberta has been destroyed by fire.

RCMP say the McDougall Church in Morley, west of Calgary, was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene early Monday morning.

The fire is still under investigation.

The McDougall Stoney Mission Society says on its web page that the church was built in 1875 by Reverend George McDougall, a Methodist who had long wanted to open a mission among the Stoney-Nakoda and Blackfoot people.

The website says the church was restored in 1952 and was designated an historic site in 1979 by both the United Church of Canada and the Alberta government.

Commemorative services were held on the second Sunday of June and September of each year.

- See more at: https://www.firefightingincanada.com/headlines/fire-destroys-historic-alberta-church-24749#sthash.cq39izIR.dpuf

May 15, 2017   -   Blizzard of embers sparked Fort Mac fire: report

May 15, 2017, Edmonton - A wildfire expert says a blizzard of blazing embers that were blown by the wind over fireguards and a river sparked the flames that destroyed homes in Fort McMurray last spring and then spread the destruction deeper into neighbourhood.

Alan Westhaver says the embers ignited combustible material such as dry grass, leaves, pine needles, fences, patio decks, wood piles, evergreens and ornamental shrubs that were too close to homes in the northern Alberta city.

The smaller blazes set homes on fire and flames then crept to nearby houses in the closely built subdivisions.

“Mass ember production and long-distance transport by strong winds subjected neighbourhoods to intense ember showers,” Westhaver wrote in a report for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

“Wind-driven embers from the forest fire likely caused the majority of home ignitions near the urban perimeter which, in turn, likely triggered the massive urban conflagration and losses that followed.”

The wildfire forced more than 80,000 people from the area and destroyed more than 2,400 buildings. Insured losses are estimated at about $4 billion.

The report says few homes caught fire due to direct contact with the flames or heat from the burning forest.

“No, this fire was not, at least initially, an insurmountable force that rolled into, and over, an entire community like a smashing tidal wave,” said Westhaver.

“Primarily, it was millions of raisin-sized firebrands searching for places to carry on with combustion, and succeeding all too often.”

Homes on the edges of neighbourhoods with yards that had less combustible material, including landscaping that kept trees and bushes further away, suffered less damage.

The report suggests that plans to protect communities from wildfires should include preventative action by homeowners.

Westhaver, a former Parks Canada wildfire manager, said building fireguards and clearing trees and bushes outside of communities isn’t enough.

More attention must be paid to raising awareness among homeowners and governments about landscaping and building practices that will reduce the risk.

“This progression can only be broken, and disaster avoided, by substantially increasing the proportion of homes that are resistant to ignition — especially by embers,” Westhaver said.

“The ignitability of homes and properties is really the weak point.”

Other researchers are using computer technology to study the disaster to better understand how wildfires — and embers — behave.

Canadian Forest Service scientists are feeding data about the fire into a computer model known as FIRETEC.

The program allows scientists to set virtual wildfires to study how flames grow and move. It factors in the effects of weather, topography and the types of trees and shrubs burned.

Westhaver’s report is providing some data and context for the work, said wildfire scientist Dan Thompson.

The results of the computer program are to be analyzed this fall.

FIRETEC was developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to model fire behaviour in the dry pine forests of the U.S. southwest.

Researchers began modifying the program for use in Canada’s boreal forest following the 2011 wildfire that destroyed parts of Slave Lake, Alta.

- See more at: https://www.firefightingincanada.com/headlines/blizzard-of-embers-sparked-fort-mac-fire-report-24728#sthash.DJ5ck3rC.dpuf

May 9, 2017   -   RCMP investigate deadly house fire in northern Alberta

UPDATE: May 12, 2017: An autopsy was completed in Edmonton on Thursday. While police did not provide details about the cause of death, they identified the victim as 31-year-old Marvin Nahachick Jr. of Cadotte Lake.

One person died after a fire broke out at a home in a remote community in northern Alberta Tuesday morning.

The RCMP said officers were called to a blaze in Cadotte Lake just before 5 a.m.

Police and fire investigators are now looking into what caused the fire and are receiving assistance from the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 780-624-6611 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Cadotte Lake is located about 480 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.






May 8, 2017   -   Students evacuated, safe after packed Calgary school bus catches fire

It was a panicked scene when a school bus carrying 43 students caught fire Monday afternoon, but some quick thinking on the part of students and the bus driver had everyone safely evacuated before Calgary fire crews arrived on scene.

The bus had been chugging along Harvest Hills Boulevard and 96th Avenue NW when thick, black smoke began to pour from the front end of the engine. Fire crews arrived just after 3 p.m. to a partially involved fire, which was put out within minutes.

One 10-year-old boy was treated for minor smoke inhalation by EMS, but was not transported to hospital. Luckily, all 44 of the bus’s occupants escaped the bus without injury, and were picked up and transported home by another set of buses.

Fire crews spent all day on scene investigating the extensive damage to the bus, but haven’t been able to determine the cause of the sudden fire. 




Apr 7, 2017   -   Man's body discovered in southwest Edmonton home after explosion, fire

A man's body was found inside a southwest Edmonton home Friday after an explosion and fire.

The fire is considered suspicious and the investigation was turned over to police, fire officials confirmed to reporters at the scene.

"A deceased male was discovered in the house," EPS spokesperon Scott Pattison said. "The death appears to be non-criminal at this time.

"Our investigation is with respect to the deceased," Pattison said, adding that he could not comment on whether or not arson is involved.

Fire officials "would usually make that determination if they think it's suspicious and then hand it over to us," he said.

'It was just too hot'

Mark Hudson lives in a duplex near the burnt-out home at 12142 16th Ave. SW in the Rutherford neighbourhood south of Ellerslie Road.

"I was at home and heard a series of three pops," Hudson said. "I looked out the window and saw a bunch of smoke coming from down the street."

He rushed outside and said he found a man making a 911 call on the street in front of the burning home.

"He just looked at me and said, 'There's people in the house, there's people in the house.' And then he took his phone and he ran."

Hudson banged on the door, which he said was answered by two men who appeared to be in their 20s. They told him another man was trapped upstairs.

"We tried to go upstairs but it was too hot," Hudson said. "We were throwing shoes in the room and just screaming, 'Hello, hello, hello.' And nothing. I just heard nothing.

"There was smoke pouring out. All I could do was get on the top steps, I couldn't even get on the landing and you're sort of on your hands and knees and you're kind of banging and pushing on the door."

The door was getting soft but Hudson said he couldn't force it open.

"The door was open maybe a foot but it was jammed and you could see the flames — orange, bright flames."

Thick black smoke clogged the air, Hudson said. The men ran downstairs, then tried to go back three more times but failed.

"It was just too hot," he said. "We heard the fire trucks come so we went outside and the fire guys just said, 'Get out of here.' "

Fire crews were sent to the home at about 11 a.m. and found the upper floor of the duplex engulfed in flames upon arrival.  

A fire spokesperson said seven units, including a hazardous materials team, were called in to help with the incident, which was contained to the upper floor of the home.

The fire was brought under control by 11:30 a.m., fire officials said. 

Hudson said he stood within view as firefighters doused the flames. 

"The guys kind of came out shaking their heads and then the cops came and went to talk to them," he said. 

After a conversation, Hudson said he saw officers escort the two men who had been inside the home into a nearby police car.

"There was an officer on each guy, sort of holding his arm," he said. "They were just frazzled."

Police have released few details as they continue to investigate.

Apr 5, 2017   -   Crews contain fire at business in southeast industrial area

Firefighters had to contend with some tricky conditions while dealing with a fire at a vehicle processing facility in the city’s southeast on Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to a business in the 3500 block of 52 Street S.E. at about 11:05 a.m. for reports of a fire.

Dark plumes of smoke could be seen across the city and crews found several vehicles on fire when they arrived at the scene.

Crews launch an aerial attack on a fire at a vehicle processing facility on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The fire broke out at around 11:00 a.m. at a business along 52 Street S.W.

Officials say that some propane and vehicle tanks exploded and that the fire also spread to a nearby power pole, which brought live electrical wires down on the scene.

"So it being an auto salvage yard or storage facility, there are going to be some gas tanks, there might be some propane tanks on site so those, of course, we are being very careful around," said Carol Henke, CFD Public Information Officer.

ENMAX was called in to kill the power to the affected line and traffic lights on 52 Street were affected for a time.

The road was closed to give crews room to work and they were able to bring the fire under control at about noon.

One employee was safely evacuated from the scene and no injuries were reported.

Calgary Fire Department fire investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of the blaze and are asking anybody with photos, video or information to email piofire@calgary.ca



Apr 5, 2017   -    Fire destroys historical hardware store in Mirror, Alberta

A fire has completely destroyed a historical building in the small rural Alberta community of Mirror, roughly 40 kilometers east of Lacombe.

Mirror’s century old hardware store was reduced to rubble, after the fire gutted the building early Monday morning. Investigators say it initially came in as a call for a smoke investigation.

“Upon the first initial fire unit arriving on scene, we did have a building, the hardware store behind me here, that was involved structurally with a fire,” said Lacombe County Fire Chief Todd Gustafson.

The historic, century-old hardware store in Mirror, Alberta burned down early Monday, April 3, 2017.

Several other departments from surrounding communities were called to the scene. Officials say some brought additional water pumps, as the small hamlet of Mirror has limited resources. About 30 firefighters were on hand.

Gustafson remained on scene Tuesday afternoon, and said the investigation is complex. “We were dealing with a hardware store here so we certainly had sufficient fire load within the building itself.”

A K9 unit, an ‘Accelerant Dog’ was brought in to help investigators.

“[We brought in the K9 Unit] because of the significant property loss with this structure fire. Essentially...it’s just helping us rule out possibilities,” Gustafson said.

And this isn’t the first time residents of Mirror have seen a fire completely destroy a building in town. Last year, a hotel just across the street from the hardware store was completely gutted during a blaze.

The Imperial Mirror Hotel, built in 1912, burnt to the ground last February. And although that building had been left vacant for a few years, Gustafson says losses like these are devastating to a small community like Mirror. “You’re dealing with an independent business owner here, and a business of this variety within a small hamlet like this, it’s going to be a big loss.”

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze. Damage is estimated at more than half a million dollars.



Mar 18, 2017   -   Court douses appeal, reignites Rossdale fire station plans

After five years of heated opposition from the Rossdale community league, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services will reopen an old station in the neighbourhood.

"It's a relief," fire Chief Ken Block said in an interview. "This was the right thing to do and it's nice that we can move forward with some certainty and get things going."

On Friday, Alberta's Court of Appeal dismissed an application from the community league to appeal a 2013 decision to revive the station.

Tucked at the end of a residential street south of the Edmonton Ballpark (formerly Telus Field), Fire Station No. 21 has been vacant since the 1990s. 

The Rossdale community league  objected to the station being reopened over concerns about noise, traffic and development in the river valley. The community league hall is about 500 metres up the street from the station.

"This is a major facility that's being located in the river valley and I think people should be a little bit concerned about that," said the league's president, Lynn Parish.

"I know it's hard when it's something like a fire station, but I think we have to ask ourselves, 'Is it essential that that fire station be located there?' "

Parish acknowledged the station is well-situated for a river-rescue team, but said she believes residents on the street will suffer if their narrow road becomes a freeway for fire trucks.

Nevertheless, Parish said the community league will respect the court's decision to dismiss the application for appeal.

"We have the decision that we have to live by," she said. "We'll go forward on that basis."

'A good day for fire rescue'

A river-rescue crew already stores its boat at the otherwise empty station, but has to travel from Mill Creek to retrieve it during emergencies. Block said the trip adds about 10 minutes to the team's rescue time.


"This will put a river-rescue crew right there at Rossdale Station No. 21, right at river's edge," he said.

A fire crew based in Rossdale would also alleviate the pressure on other downtown stations, Block added.

"It's a good day for Fire Rescue [Services] and for the citizens of Edmonton."

'We're good neighbours'

Block plans to have a permanent crew, including a river-rescue team, at the station by early 2018. He said appeals by Rossdale's community league have unnecessarily delayed the project.

"It's cost us time and it's cost us money," he said, though he declined to specify the cost. "We're looking forward to getting on with the project."

The projected cost for reopening the fire hall was $5 million in 2012 — considerably less than building a new station elsewhere.

Fire Station 21 will reopen in 2018 after standing vacant in Edmonton's Rossdale neighbourhood since the 1990s. (CBC)

There are currently 30 fire stations in communities throughout the city. The reopened Rossdale station will become the 31st, once equipment is updated and the building is renovated.

"We're a long-term neighbour and we're good neighbours," Block said. "We really look forward to serving the citizens of Rossdale and we take those community relationships really seriously."

Block plans to meet next week with others involved in the project to talk about next steps.

Mar 4, 2017   -   One person dead in Coquitlam, B.C. house fire

One person is dead after a fire at a home in the 600 block of Gatensbury Street in Coquitlam, B.C. on Saturday morning. 

Firefighters say the fire was reported around 8 a.m. PT and when they arrived smoke and flames were billowing out of a basement window of the house.

Firefighters went into the burning home to try find a homeowner who was unaccounted for when they arrived at the house in the 600 block of Gatensbury Street. (Curtis Kreklau)

Rod Gill, the deputy fire chief in Coquitlam, said his crews quickly determined that one person, who lived in the residence, was missing.

"It was the homeowner," he said. "There was two people home at the time of the fire and and one of them, they did make it out. They were taken to the hospital for observation and the other person, ... is deceased."

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are also involved.

Coquitlam deputy fire chief Rod Gill says there were no smoke detectors in the home, which he described as under renovation. (Cliff Shim/CBC)

Gill says the home, a wood-framed structure, built in the 1960s, did not have working smoke detectors.

"So you know that's unfortunate, you know smoke detectors do save lives," he said.



Feb 17, 2017   -   Wildfire Season Starts March 1, 2017


Wildfire Season Starts March 1st

The 2017 wildfire season will begin in less than two weeks. Please do your part to prevent wildfires this spring by making sure your winter burns are extinguished. A fire left smouldering can burn under the snow all winter and emerge as a wildfire in the spring when conditions are warm and dry.

Click here to view today's announcement about the start of Alberta's wildfire season.

Starting March 1st fire permits will be required for any burning (excluding campfires) in the Forest Protection Area. 

You can call 310-0000 to be connected to our nearest Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Office.


Winter Burning

If you have conducted brush pile or windrow burning this winter, go back and make sure it's out. All winter burning must be extinguished prior to the start of the wildfire season on March 1st.

When checking your winter burning, spread around any remaining debris so you can probe the area for hotspots. Use your bare hand to feel for heat over the ash piles. If you see smoke or feel any heat, the fire is still burning beneath the surface. Douse any remaining hot spots with water and stir up the ashes. A fire is not completely extinguished until there is absolutely no heat emanating from the ashes. 

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Feb 1, 2017   -   Firefighters call off helicopter rescue after drone interferes

LOS ANGELES — Rescue crews were unable to complete a helicopter rescue after a civilian flew his drone too close to the area.

Initially, first responders were unable to reach a victim who fell 100 feet down an oceanside cliff Friday evening. The California Highway Patrol dispatched a helicopter to the scene. They lowered a paramedic down to the victim and were ready to hoist the two up when a drone was spotted, reported the Los Angeles Times

“Once the helicopter crew found out there was a drone on scene, they had to suspend the rescue operation and gain altitude to avoid a collision,” police said. “The drone’s operation could cause the helicopter to crash.”

North County Fire Authorities then rappelled down the cliff, secured the victim in a basket and hoisted him up. Officials said the rescue took two hours. 

Police cited Gerald Destremps, 55, with a misdemeanor charge of impending first responders at the scene of an emergency. Destremps admitted to operating the drone and permitted officers to confiscate it. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and public agencies have urged the public to follow laws and regulations when using drones. 



Jan 31, 2017   -   12-year-old boy charged with arson after fire at Alberta church buildi

Stony Plain Alliance Church has offered “forgiveness” towards a 12-year-old boy charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed the church’s family centre on Dec. 18, 2016.

RCMP said no one was injured in the blaze. However, it took firefighters hours to put out the flames and neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution.

The building housed a library, nursery, youth group as well as the church offices. Deputy Fire Chief Bert Lubbers said the building was destroyed.

On Wednesday, a youth from the Stony Plain area was charged with arson.Since the fire, Mounties and investigators with the Stony Plain Fire Department have been working together to determine the cause.

He’s set to appear in court “in the near future,” RCMP said in a news release Friday.

“His name or further details will not be released.”

Stony Plain Alliance Church issued a statement about the fire Friday afternoon in which it called the fire “heartbreaking” and also said it was “saddened to learn that a minor has been charged with arson in relation to the fire.”

“We also recognize that this individual and their family have been deeply affected by this,” the statement read in part. “Our posture is one of grace and forgiveness toward this individual. As well it’s our desire to be part of the process of healing for the family, for our congregation and for the community at large.”

The church also thanked firefighters who fought the blaze and members of the community who helped in various ways.

The church said until it finds a new permanent meeting space, its 1,200-person congregation would begin meeting at the Living Waters Christian Academy in Spruce Grove as of Feb. 5.

The congregation will meet on Sundays for a 10 a.m. worship service along with a children’s program from nursery to Grade 6. Meanwhile, its youth group will continue to meet Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran School until “a more suitable space can be found.”

“While this is a tragic event we believe that the future of our church is hopeful and filled with new opportunities,” the church’s statement said. “We want to continue to serve our community and be part of its future.”

The church said it has been a part of the community since 1939 .



Jan 27, 2017   -   Fire destroys Symons Valley Ranch in Calgary

A major fire swept through Symons Valley Ranch on the north side of Calgary Thursday and was declared contained just before noon, as smoke continued to billow from the destruction.

Firefighters were called out just after 6 a.m. and when they arrived they found the structure completely engulfed in flames.

Due to the size of the fire, a second alarm was immediately called.

“We did have some issues with securing water supply at this scene,” Calgary Fire Department Battalion Chief Stu Laird said.

“There’s just not a lot of fire hydrants out here.”

A gas leak also complicated matters for firefighters; the line was shut off mid-morning.

“We just let it flare, essentially,” Laird said.

Calgary Fire Department public information officer Carol Henke said it’s unknown if there was anybody in the building at the start of the fire.

“However no injuries have been reported as a result of this incident,” she added.

Enmax and ATCO Gas were on scene to shut off utilities as of 8 a.m. Calgary police assisted with road closures and traffic management in the area.

Henke said because of “significant smoke” in the area, residents were asked to stay indoors.

She said approximately 40 residents from Sage Bluff Green had been asked to evacuate until air quality improves. They were still not allowed back into their homes as of 1 p.m. due to air quality concerns.

Henke said the fire poses no risk to nearby homes.

The fire department is asking anyone with video, pictures or information to email piofire@calgary.ca

Symons Valley Ranch put out this statement Thursday morning on its Facebook page, signed by Ken and Tracy:

“We are saddened this morning to learn of the devastating fire at our Farmers’ Market. The impact of this fire will be felt by many local small businesses that operate inside our market. At this time we ask that you please stay clear so the firefighters can do their job. We will have further updates later today after we know more.”

The building is home to a farmers’ market and other businesses.

“I just had a pit in my stomach that it was more than just an alarm and as I came over the hill…I could see all the flashing lights,” farmer’s market co-owner Ken Aylesworth said. “I knew it was bad.

Area resident Gabrielle Tomelin shared some of her memories with Global News.

“This was kind of a place where families got together and sat around the fire,” Tomelin said. “We always had our birthday celebrations at the restaurant down here.”

Investigators continued to watch for hot spots at the Symons Valley Ranch at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2017.

First Student Canada parks a little more than 100 school buses next to the ranch.  The company scrambled to get them on the road.

“It was crazy,” said Mike Stiles, assistant location and safety manager with First Student Canada.

“We got the call shortly after 6:45 this morning saying that there was a fire here on site. We quickly got our safety officers involved, contacted our customers and tweeted out that our buses would be delayed due to the fire at Symons Valley,” Stiles said.

This isn’t the first time fire has ravaged Symons Valley Ranch.  In 1989, fire destroyed the ranch’s three banquet halls.5

The ranch was reconstructed “bigger and better with logs, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, western light fixtures, and private courtyards,” according to the Symons Valley Ranch website.

Tracy Aylesworth, owner- operator of Symons Valley Ranch, said the event centre was booked into 2018 for weddings.

This upcoming summer was almost completely booked up.

“We are extremely upset that there are a number of amazing couples who won’t get the chance to utilize of facility for their very special days,” Aylesworth said in an email. “We have reached out to every bride who has booked with us to communicate this news and are working to help them secure other facilities”

Couples will still have their deposits refunded, Aylesworth said.

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc




Jan 18, 2017   -   Costs of Fort Mac fire could top $9.8 billion

Jan. 18, 2017, Edmonton - A new study says the total costs of the Fort McMurray fire is 9-point-5 billion dollars.

MacEwan University economics professor Rafat Alam says that total could go even higher. 

It's the first figure to combine the cost of destroyed buildings and infrastructure with lost income and profits. 

It also adds in the toll on the environment, including lost timber and ecosystem damage. 

Alam says the final bill for the mental and physical health costs are likely to push that total even higher. 

The Insurance Bureau of Canada has said the fire was the costliest disaster for insurers in Canadian history. 

It estimated the total cost will reach 3.7 billion dollars. 

The blaze destroyed 18-hundred single-family homes and numerous other structures and forced the evacuation of nearly 90-thousand people last May.




Jan 16, 2017   -   Victoria Fire Department gets green light for drones

The Victoria Fire Department is adding drones to its emergency response tool kit, reflecting a trend among first responders.

The drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, could be used in search-and-rescue missions, to pinpoint the location of a brush fire or to conduct rapid damage assessment after an earthquake, said Deputy Fire Chief Dan Atkinson.

If someone were missing in the water, for example, a drone could scan a large swatch of ocean more quickly and cheaply than a helicopter, Atkinson said. “The ability to home in on the area and determine where our resources are best staged is a huge benefit for us.”

Images captured by the drone can be broadcast in real time to the operator, via tablet or computer. The drone’s flight plan can be mapped out in advance through GPS or operated manually.

On Sunday, Victoria Fire hoisted the drone above Pandora Avenue, where protected bike lanes are being installed, to capture before and after images. Atkinson said the bike lanes cause the department to change its emergency-response routes.


Atkinson said the drone can be provided to other city departments such as planning, engineering and parks, and be used regionally in an emergency.

The fire department purchased three drones, cameras and accessories for just under $20,000.

Use of drones has sparked privacy concerns, with some people raising the alarm about drones hovering near their windows.

Atkinson said the department will avoid capturing images of people’s faces or licence plates. The video will not be available publicly.

There will be early notification if the fire department plans to use a drone in a residential area, Atkinson said.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of B.C. has raised concerns about the use of drones by law enforcement, specifically as a surveillance tool.

“Our understanding is that no police force in B.C. currently uses drones for routine [non-emergency] surveillance,” said Erin Beattie, a spokeswoman for the office.

Transport Canada prohibits drones from operating over individuals or street traffic.

“This means that, generally, drones should not be in a position to collect personal information,” Beattie said, but an exception could be made in an emergency.

The entire city of Victoria is a no-drone zone since Transport Canada prohibits their use within nine kilometres of an airport or aerodrome, which includes the Inner Harbour’s float plane terminal.

However, Victoria Fire obtained a licence that will allow drone flight in the city. It must register flight plans with Transport Canada in advance, but exceptions can be made for emergencies.

Four members of Victoria Fire are trained to use the drones: Atkinson, a master mechanic and two staff members from the emergency-management division. Firefighters were not trained because in an emergency they’ll have other duties, Atkinson said.

Drones are increasingly being used by police and fire departments, the B.C. Wildfire Service, and volunteer search-and-rescue teams.

In August 2015, Langford Fire, with the help of Victoria Aerial Photos and Surveying, used a drone to assist with a search and rescue of an injured hiker who did not know his location after a fall on Mount Finlayson.

The B.C. RCMP has been using drones since 2013, mostly to obtain aerial photos of motor-vehicle crashes to assist with investigations, said Cpl. Janelle Shoihet, spokeswoman for E Division RCMP.

After consulting with the B.C. privacy commissioner, the RCMP expanded its use of drones to include disaster response, search and rescue, and situations where the emergency response team is being deployed, Shoihet said.

“The B.C. RCMP have 27 total [remote piloted aircraft] in varying sizes and capabilities, operationally dispersed across the province,” she said.




Dec 18, 2016   -   Sherwood Park blaze razes three businesses

A massive fire that engulfed a building in Sherwood Park on Saturday has devastated the owners of three local businesses.

BOS Motorsports, All Season Equipment and Red-E Rentals & Trailer Sales were all affected.

Strathcona County Emergency Services received a call about the blaze at around 3:45 pm. The businesses had closed for the day at 3 pm.


“They [firefighters] were able to access the building, they got a ways inside. There was heavy black smoke down to the ground, lots of heat. They were forced back. At that point, the fire breached the roof line so that’s when we made the decision to switch to a defensive fire because it just wasn’t safe to be inside,” said Devin Capcara, deputy chief of operations, Strathcona County Emergency Services.

The close proximity of the adjacent 7-Eleven gas station added another challenge to the fire fight.

“There was lots of embers going north and then the radiant heat going off to the side. So we definitely had to cool the building and make sure it didn’t catch on fire,” he explained.

“The building burned from the inside-out. The walls and everything sort of fell on top of the fire, so everything’s buried.”

Crews stayed overnight to put out hot spots. On Sunday afternoon, Strathcona County Emergency Services used a drone with high-definition and thermal imaging capabilities to captural aerial shots of the site and to check for any lingering hot spots.

Heavy equipment was brought in to scatter the rubber and make conditions safe for investigators.

No other businesses were damaged and there were no reported injuries.

Daniel Currie is grateful for the quick response of fire crews. He is the manager of Cafe Haven, located right across the street.

His business was transformed into a makeshift safe haven for the business owners and their families the day of the fire.

“Last week we dealt with a break-in. We had a lot of stuff taken from us so a lot of people came to help, which was very nice of them. And it was our way of returning the favour. We didn’t want them standing out in the cold and crying – so we invited them in and made coffee, gave them some desserts,” he said.

Currie recalled the initial moments when he realized something was wrong.

“I wasn’t sure where exactly the smoke was coming from and within minutes, the flames were coming out of the roof.”

Currie said his wife and another customer called the fire department.

He said the loss has already had an impact on the community. In fact, many of his customers have been coming in and asking what they can do to help the families affected.


“Talking to one of the owners and he told me that he had it for 25 years and then he passed it onto his sons. And they were standing there, looking at their life’s work being burned to the ground.”




Dec 18, 2016   -   Fort McMurray Chief announces retirement

The man who led a fight against "the beast" is planning to move on from his role as Fort McMurray fire chief.

Darby Allen became the face of the northeastern Alberta community's scramble to beat back a fierce wildfire that laid waste to 10 per cent of the city.

Nearly 90,000 people fled the flames and were forced out their homes for at least a month, though no one died as a direct result of the fire.

Allen, 59, is planning to retire from his post in February and leave Fort McMurray.

"That's been a bit of a weird decision for me, but it's just time for me to move on and get on with the next phase of my life and give my full attention to my lovely wife," he said in an interview.

He said his wife, Maria, has osteoporosis and frigid northern Alberta winters have been tough on her. They're looking to relocate somewhere with a more temperate climate.

Allen, who has two sons in their 30s, said he'd always planned to retire at 60 and he'll be leaving his job about five months ahead of that milestone birthday.

"I'm not going to take a full-time job again in any kind of fire role. I've just got some different opportunities that we're going to look at."

'It's just time for me to move on and get on with the next phase of my life and give my full attention to my lovely wife.'- Darby Allen, Fort McMurray fire chief

In the thick of the disaster, Allen dubbed the wildfire "the beast" because it was so ferocious and unpredictable that it seemed to have a mind of its own.

He said his decision to move on was not related to the stress many in the community have experienced in the fire's aftermath, but admitted he has been struggling a bit emotionally.

"I can't quite put my finger on what's wrong, but just feeling a little bit different. I've been getting a little bit of help with that, to be frank, and that's OK," he said.

"I keep focusing on the positive and how we've managed to get that many people out of here. That's still paramount in my mind."




Nov 16, 2016   -   Kidde Recalls Talking Combination Smoke and CO Alarms

Affected products

Kidde Nighthawk KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA Combo Smoke and Carbon Monoxide ("CO") Alarm

Product description

This recall involves Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO Alarm KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA models with manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and March 2011. The alarms are hard-wired into a home's electric power.

The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.  "Kidde" is engraved on the front of the alarm. "Kidde", the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm.  Model KN-COSM-IBCA has a compartment on the back for the installation of a replaceable 9V backup battery, while model KN-COSM-ICA does not have a battery backup.

Hazard identified

The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven year end of life if the batteries are replaced or, for the model without a battery backup, if power is removed and then restored to the alarm. This could lead consumers to believe it is still working, which poses a risk to consumers not being alerted to a fire or carbon monoxide incident in their home.

Neither Health Canada nor Kidde has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of this product.  In the United States, Kidde has received eight reports of incidents with no reported injuries.

Number sold

Approximately 1.5 million units were sold in Canada at various wholesalers and retailers and 3.6 million units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were manufactured from June 2004 to March 2011.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Kidde Canada Inc.


Fyrnetics Ltd.

Images (select thumbnail to enlarge)

Front of unit with wire connectors
Back of model KN-COSM-IBCA
Back of model KN-COSM-ICA


What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled alarms and contact Kidde directly for a free replacement alarm based on date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.

For additional information, consumers should contact Kidde Canada toll-free at 1-855-239-0490 between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online and click on "Product Alerts".

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website (US CPSC to provide link).

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.

Nov 15, 2016   -   Mobile home fire claims occupant's life

One person died at the scene after a fire erupted late Saturday night in a trailer in the 2500 block of Grant Road, Prince George Fire Rescue said.

The person, whose name and age were not provide, was the structure's lone occupant.

"Crews quickly entered the home a found the lone occupant a short distance from the entrance door," PGFR asst. chief Denis Poulin said. "Medical care was quickly administered but the occupant succumbed to their injuries.

"The fire was extinguished and crews did a secondary search and found no one else inside the home."

In all 17 firefighters from three halls were dispatched to the scene at 11 p.m.

PGFR deemed the cause of the fire accidental and estimated the damage at $100,000

- See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/occupant-dies-in-trailer-fire-1.2717242#sthash.S5obFIlN.dpuf

Nov 4, 2016   -   Man dead following house explosion, fire near Maidstone, Sask.

One man is dead and another was injured following an explosion and fire at a rural home south of Maidstone, Sask.

It happened Thursday just after 6 p.m. CT at the home located on Range Road 3233.

Police said a man was found dead in the home. His name and age have not been released.

A second man who police believe was outside the home was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Maidstone RCMP said they do not believe the explosion was criminal in nature and that there is no danger to the public.

The coroner’s office, the fire commissioner’s office and a RCMP fire scene examiner continue to investigate.

Maidstone is approximately 220 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.





Nov 2, 2016   -   Know your rural address for emergencies

Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Deputy Fire Chief of Training, Kamil Lasek, wants everyone to know their rural address as “it is what the emergency services use to locate your home when responding to an emergency.”


According to Lasek, a rural address is different from a mailing address.

“Rural addresses are based on the grid system created by the Township Roads, which run from east to west, and the Range Roads, which run from north to south. Each mile is divided into 16 sections of 100 metres, making 32 units which determines the suffix of the address. The even numbers are located on the north and west side of the road and the odd numbers are no the east and south side,” he said. “Any subdivision names or road names within the subdivision are put up by the developer for navigation purposes only and do not serve any purpose as far as addressing is concerned.”




Oct 14, 2016   -   Pets perish in mobile home fire

Firefighters were able to rescue a dog from a fire that ripped through a southeast Edmonton mobile home Thursday, but another dog and six cats were trapped in the blaze.

“I didn't even care about the house, I cared about the animals,” said Sherry Robinson, still in shock after watching fire tear through her home.

Edmonton firefighters were called to 194 Lee Ridge Rd. around 11:45 a.m. Thursday but couldn't bring the fire under control for another two hours.

Firefighters did rescue one of the couple's pet dogs, but another dog — a miniature Pinscher — and six cats perished in the fire.

Robinson's common-law husband, Lawrence Renz, said he was returning from a meeting when he realized the home the couple had shared for over a decade was on fire.

“I was just coming back from a meeting and I saw a bunch of smoke out there, and I saw a fire truck coming this way so I pulled up, and it was my house,” Renz said.

Renz then called Robinson, who was at work, who raced to the scene.

“It was fully burning,” Robinson said.

Renz said Robinson ran her own animal rescue from the home, taking in cats left to wander the streets before giving them veterinary care and matching them with suitable families.

The couple took great pride in their home, said Renz. Hand-painted decorations adorning the yard, where flowers once filled the garden, now stand in stark contrast to the charred ruins left behind.

“It's all gone now,” said Renz. “Everything else is burnt.”

While the couple hasn't had a chance to go through what is left, because fire damage has weakened the floor making it too dangerous to go inside, Renz recalled the antiques the couple had collected over time, including two 20-volt lamps dating back to the days of Louis Riel and an autographed photo of Elvis, treasures that can't be replaced.

“Everything is there, my pictures, just the memories you can't get back,” Robinson said.

“I'm just sitting here lost,” Renz said. “We're having a really hard time.”

Fire investigators have yet to determine what caused the fire, and Animal Care and Control officers arrived at the scene to help Robinson and Renz care for their deceased pets.

Oct 3, 2016   -   Two injured after garage destroyed by fire in northeast Edmonton

Fire and Rescue dispatched six rigs to help fight the fire at the garage and attached shed behind a double-attached duplex.

While no one was seriously injured, a truck in the alleyway, a boat and  an ATV in the garage were completely destroyed by the flames. No other structures in the area were affected by the blaze.

'A little bit of excitement for Sunday afternoon and now everybody can back to watching the Ryder Cup.'- Dan Rehill

Rehill said investigators are being brought in to examine the site but at this time the cause is unknown. 

Heavy equipment is being called in to tear down the garage because it is structurally unsafe. 

The cost of the damage is unknown, but Rehill said the fire was a minor one. 

"A little bit of excitement for Sunday afternoon and now everybody can back to watching the Ryder Cup," he said.  



Jul 11, 2016   -   Fort Mac firefighters face potential health issues

July 11, 2016, Fort McMurray, Alta. - Many Fort McMurray firefighters, unable to wear their usual air masks while battling a giant wildfire that attacked the northern Alberta city, are being screened for health problems because they spent several days breathing in hazardous smoke.

Some of the 180 crew have developed a persistent cough, says firefighter Nick Waddington, president of the Fort McMurray branch of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Results of lung and blood tests will be private. But Waddington predicts the firefighters will need ongoing support and possible treatment for serious illnesses over the next 10 to 20 years.

"Realistically, a lot of our guys, their lives are going to be shortened because of this incident,'' Waddington says bluntly. "When you compound that with everything that we're going to have in our careers, we're definitely going to be in a high risk.''

The fire spread into the oilsands capital on May 3 and forced more than 80,000 people to leave. It destroyed roughly 2,400 homes and other buildings — about one-tenth of the city. Firefighters were credited with saving the rest of the community.

Municipal crews were assisted in the following days by firefighters from other communities and wildland firefighters from across Canada and other countries — about 2,200 in all.

But the hometown crew was there first, working around the clock, when the forest fire morphed into an urban blaze and moved from timber to buildings with toxins in vinyl siding, treated lumber and furniture.

Firefighters "would have been out there for long periods of time sucking in the smoke,'' says Fort McMurray fire Chief Darby Allen.

He explains that municipal firefighters normally wear a self-contained breathing apparatus. The air in the tanks might last up to an hour — enough time for going into a single house fire, but not for a marathon shift fighting flames consuming hundreds of homes.

"We didn't have time to get back to the hall to charge (the tanks).''

Forest crews sometimes wear particulate filter masks. Waddington says those P100 masks aren't stocked in large numbers at municipal fire stations. Pallets of them arrived a few days after the fire raced into the city.

But wearing such masks is a "double-edge sword,'' Waddington says. The filters make it harder to breathe and can get plugged.

And the half-masks can cause safety glasses and visors to fog, says Jamie Coutts, fire chief of Slave Lake, Alta.

"How do you wear that for six days?'' he says.

Coutts and 13 Slave Lake firefighters helped during the initial days of the Fort McMurray fire and he says he didn't get a filter mask.

He also didn't have one during a forest fire that spread into his town in 2011 and destroyed about 400 buildings.

In the months after that fire, members of the Slave Lake crew developed chest infections and nose and throat problems, Coutts says. He was diagnosed with asthma and later lung sarcoidosis, although he says the disease can't be directly linked to the fire.

After Coutts got home from Fort McMurray, he was coughing and wheezing again and couldn't run up the stairs, he says.

"I'm a firefighter. I've got a better-than-average chance of dying of cancer. It is what it is.''

Coutts says experts need to come up with a better way to protect crews when forest fires move into urban area.

"They're going to have to make better particulate masks.''

Peter Krich, president of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association, says his group may look at whether filter masks should be stocked in communities in forested areas.

The Fort McMurray fire was unusually large, Krich points out. "You're not just fighting one fire. You're fighting two fires, three, four, five ... It was going on and on and you could never stop.''

The challenge, he says, is that firefighters will do whatever it takes without thinking of their health.

"We have to learn,'' he says. "Hopefully we can ... be more prepared or help each other better in the event of something of this nature happening ever again.''


http://See more at: http://www.firefightingincanada.com/headlines/fort-mac-firefighters-being-screened-for-health-problems-23295#sthash.Ss2cr3iM.dpuf

Jul 11, 2016   -   Thunderstorm, flooding keeps Calgary crews busy

July 11, 2016, Calgary - Calgary fire crews were kept busy on Saturday night when a wicked thunderstorm rolled through the city.

The fire department says emergency calls about lightning strikes and flooding came in about every two minutes during the height of the rumbler.

The storm also set off alarms in multiple buildings and each needed to be investigated by crews.

A construction office was severely damaged by a fire possibly caused by a lightning strike, but no injuries were reported.

Lightning is also believed to have hit a gas line and meter at a house in the city’s northeast.

Two homes were evacuated as a precaution, but crews quickly shut off the gas before a fire could start.

The storm brought with it hail that blanketed front lawns, as well as heavy rain that caused flash flooding, power outages and transit delays.

A spokeswoman for Enmax said the utility provider also received a lot of calls over a short time.

“We experienced a momentary outage … that (affected) about 3,100 customers … but the power came back on fairly quickly,” said Doris Kauffman Woodcock.



http://- See more at: http://www.firefightingincanada.com/headlines/thunderstorm-flooding-keeps-calgary-crews-busy-23299#sthash.RFxhTj9D.dpuf

Jul 7, 2016   -   Girl saves siblings from fire, credits family plan

A 12-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero for acting quickly to protect her younger siblings from a kitchen fire in their Ottawa home.

Annaka Boucher says she was "working on instinct" when she hustled her brother and sister out of the family home earlier this week, after smelling smoke while preparing toast in the kitchen.

"The fire alarm went off and I couldn't see any smoke, but I could smell it, like a burning rubber kind of smell," Boucher told CTV Ottawa on Wednesday.

The girl says she knew what to do because her family had practised a home escape plan in the event of a fire. "I knew: get out of the house," she said.

The toaster caught fire moments later, filling the house with black smoke.

"If I would have stayed in there for another two more minutes, one of us could have been trapped in the house and something horrible could have happened," Boucher said.

Firefighters were quick to arrive and contain the flames. They also managed to rescue the family's two cats.

Danielle Cardinal of Ottawa Fire Services credited Boucher for acting quickly under pressure.

"Annaka has been very brave because we can think we'd act a certain way during an emergency, but to execute it as flawlessly as she did, she has my nod for five gold stars," Cardinal told CTV Ottawa. She also praised the family for teaching their children what to do in case of a fire.

Though her birthday is only two weeks away, Boucher is already building a strong track record of safety. Her school named her the "safety patroller of the year" last year.

Boucher said she's just glad no one was hurt in the fire. "You can't replace a person but you can replace a TV," she said. "So as long as everybody's safe, then that's alright with me."



Jun 22, 2016   -   Fatal Drummondville fire made worse by lack of smoke detectors, says c

A Quebec coroner says a faulty fire alarm system and lack of smoke detectors contributed to the death of three Drummondville men in an apartment building in 2015.

Coroner Yvon Garneau's report confirmed that Stéphane Vincent, Marcel Roy and Pierre Garceau all died of asphyxiation during the building fire on July 23, 2015.

Eight others were injured in the overnight fire, which tore through an apartment building on Des Merisiers Avenue, about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal. The building was a total loss, leaving all of its residents homeless.

Residents thought fire was false alarm

Garneau's report confirms firefighters' initial theory that the flames started as a grease fire.

In his report, he said the building's fire system had gone off in instances were there was no fire, leaving residents believing it the fire was a false alarm.

He also said some apartment units didn't have smoke detectors, or if they did, the batteries in them weren't working.

"Today, in 2016, it's very hard to understand, but we need to work on that," said Garneau.



Jun 17, 2016   -   Preliminary cost of Fort McMurray fire estimated at $615 million

In early May, a wildfire dubbed "the beast" tore through Fort McMurray, forcing the evacuation of 90,000 people. About 2,400 structures were destroyed. Thousands more were damaged. 

Since early June, some residents have been returning to their homes. But the entry date for those who lived in the hardest hit areas is up in the air. 

"Alberta appreciates the support of our federal government and all Canadians as we continue to deal with a difficult situation," said Larivee.

The provincial and federal governments will be working together to implement a Canadian Wildfire Strategy and to strengthen fire-prevention programs.



Jun 16, 2016   -   Alberta orders review of Fort Mac fire response

June 16, 2015, Edmonton - Alberta has ordered a review into how it responded to the huge wildfire known as "The Beast'' that destroyed parts of the Fort McMurray region and forced close to 90,000 people from their homes.

The government says the review will focus on how well the province was prepared for the fire that broke out on May 1 and burned almost 5,900 square kilometres.

It will also cover how the government fought the wildfire, which is no longer growing but is not yet under control.

"This fire has altered the lives of thousands of people who are now faced with the difficult task of rebuilding their lives,'' Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier said Wednesday in a release.

"Reviews like this are a normal part of our business when faced with extreme wildfire conditions or an extreme wildfire event.''

The fire destroyed 2,400 homes and buildings and caused the shutdown of two key oilsands facilities.

The government has issued a request for proposals to find a contractor to conduct the review, which is to be completed by the end of the year.

"The impact to both infrastructure and the economy will be measured in the billions of dollars,'' the review document says.

The review is to include an assessment of the weather, which was unseasonably warm, dry and windy, and how much timber and brush surrounded threatened or burned neighbourhoods and oilsands facilities.

The review will also look at the behaviour of the fire, which spread quickly and unpredictably.

Wildfire operations, including the number of firefighters, equipment and aircraft that were deployed to fight the fire and how they were used, are also to be looked at.

Carlier said the cause of the wildfire, which is being investigated by RCMP and wildfire officials, will not be part of the review.

The Municipal Affairs Department is looking at ordering a separate review into the evacuation of the city and the area, but no announcement has been made yet.

Similar reviews were held after the wildfire that destroyed part of the town of Slave Lake in 2011. Those reviews lead to changes in how the province works to prevent and fight wildfires.

People have been returning to the Fort McMurray and the surrounding area since June 1.

Earlier this week the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo estimated that about half of the evacuees have come home as the community slowly works to bounce back from the disaster.

- See more at: http://www.firefightingincanada.com/headlines/alberta-orders-review-of-fort-mac-fire-response-23176#sthash.onUp7lph.dpuf

May 20, 2016   -   Fort McMurray wildfire crosses border

May 20, 2016, Edmonton - Crews were holding a destructive wildfire away from oilsands facilities and communities in northern Alberta on Thursday as flames spread into neighbouring Saskatchewan.

The blaze, dubbed ''the beast'' by firefighters after it entered Fort McMurray two weeks ago, has grown to about 5,000 square kilometres in size, with nearly eight square kilometres stretching over the Saskatchewan boundary.

Alberta senior wildlife manager Chad Morrison said the fire has burned the same amount of forest as all fires consumed in Alberta last year.

But with recent success by firefighters on the ground and in the air – and forecasts for cooler, wetter weather – there was cautious optimism.

''The threat definitely has diminished around the communities and the oilsands facilities, for sure,'' Morrison said.

''We continue to make great progress.''

More than 80,000 residents fled Fort McMurray on May 3 when the fire started burning homes on the edges of the city. Officials have said more than 2,400 buildings were lost but that firefighters managed to save almost 90 per cent of the oilsands capital.

Earlier this week, about 8,000 workers were evacuated from work camps in the area and Suncor and Syncrude shut down their operations, although other companies continue to operate and some camps remain open.

The Alberta government announced earlier this week that some people may start returning to Fort McMurray on June 1 if several safety conditions are met, including that the fire is no longer an imminent threat and the air is safe to breathe.

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee said re-entry work was to continue.

Workers who had been cleaning and repairing the city's hospital, and were evacuated a few days ago, were to be back on Friday.

Others working to reopen pharmacies and grocery stores were also to return in the coming days, she said, and everyone would be given protective masks.

Morrison said fire officials would be working with counterparts in Saskatchewan to manage the fire as it continues to burn.

Saskatchewan's emergency management commissioner, Duane McKay, said no communities were under immediate threat.

The fire was about 30 kilometres away from La Loche, a Dene village of 3,000 people, which made headlines following a mass shooting in January. Four people, including two teachers in the community's high school, were killed.

McKay said La Loche is safe from the flames so far. Wildfires burned in the area last summer.

''La Loche is situated against a lake. There's old burns to the north as well, so we don't see a direct fire threat.''

Smoke may be the biggest concern to the village, he said, adding expected winds from the east might help clear some of it out of the community.


May 19, 2016   -   Alberta fire and OHV ban greatly reduced

The provincewide fire and off-highway vehicle ban implemented at the height of the Fort McMurray wildfires has been lifted in most parts of the province heading into the May long weekend.


The ban is still in place northeast of Lac La Biche.


Portable propane fire pits, propane or gas stoves and outdoor barbecues are still allowed for those living in areas still under the ban.


Open fires remain prohibited.

Residents are advised to check with individual municipalities as cities, towns, villages and federal lands — like national parks — may still have bans in effect.




May 11, 2016   -   Cement plant blaze sends firefighters to hospital

Four firefighters were taken to hospital after a fire broke out at a cement plant on Tuesday morning.

The fire began at around 9 a.m.in a coal silo at the Lehigh Hanson Inland Cement Plant in northwest Edmonton, said Gerry Sanderson, the plant's health and safety director. 

Edmonton Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jill McKenzie said 16 firefighters were called to the blaze when it was reported at around 11:30 a.m. 

'What I'm told is that they possibly inhaled some CO or potential gas and became lightheaded and received oxygen.'- Gerry Sanderson, Lehigh Hanson health and safety director

Four had to be "extracted" from the rooftop of the building, she said, and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

McKenzie would not comment on the firefighters' condition, or why they had to be sent to hospital.

Sanderson said the firefighters were spraying the fire from the roof of the silo when they may have been exposed to a gas inside.

"What I'm told is that they possibly inhaled some CO or potential gas and became lightheaded and received oxygen," he said. 

Sanderson could not say why the fire was reported to the fire department around two hours after it was discovered, but said the plant has its own emergency crews on site. 

No employees were injured in the fire and the plant was not evacuated. 

Fire trucks could still be seen coming and going from the plant on Tuesday afternoon.

Fire truck

Fire trucks could still be seen coming and going from the cement plant at around 4 p.m., hours after the fire started. (CBC)

The fire continued to burn around 4 p.m., but Sanderson said it's under control.

"It's raw coal, so it's just a smoldering fire, there's no flames or anything like that. Just a lot of smoke," he said.

Sanderson said the cause of the fire is still being determined, and that fires in cement plants are rare.

"We'll have some maintenance work to do once the fire is extinguished." he said. "We have to clean some coal out, repair the equipment that was damaged."




May 6, 2016   -   Province restricts off-highway vehicle recreational use

A temporary province wide restriction on off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreational use on public lands and provincial parks is another tool the province will use to help prevent the spread of wildfires.

This action comes in response to the request of the Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association and follows the government’s province wide fire ban and ban on incendiary targets on all provincial Crown lands issued May 5.   

“Our fire crews are working around the clock to battle wildfires in Fort McMurray and around the province.  All Albertans can do their part to help ensure firefighters can focus their resources on the areas of greatest need.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister Agriculture of and Forestry

“We do not take this step lightly; however, we must reduce the potential for more wildfires throughout the province. Quite simply, OHV recreational use under our current conditions has the very real potential to contribute to an already catastrophic wildfire season.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

“We support the government’s decision to temporarily restrict OHV recreational use. As responsible OHV users in this province we want to do our part to prevent wildfires and to reduce the burden on firefighters and emergency personnel.”

Brent Hodgson, President Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association

The OHV restriction will be in place until further notice. It applies to recreational use on public lands, including designated OHV trails, only. It will not apply to agriculture, public safety or commercial/industrial users who operate OHVs for farming, enforcement or business purposes. The OHV restriction does not apply to the use of an OHV by Indigenous peoples when exercising a right recognized and affirmed under Part II of the Constitution Act, 1982 or a right under section 12 of the Natural Resources Transfer Agreement.

Wildfire management staff, along with enforcement personnel, including Conservation Officers and Fish and Wildlife Officers, will enforce the temporary OHV recreational restriction immediately. OHVs include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), four-wheel vehicles, motorcycles and related two-wheel vehicles and amphibious machines.




May 3, 2016   -   Alberta Province-wide Fire Ban

Description: There is a province-wide fire ban in effect. The fire ban expands the fire restriction that was enacted on May 3 in the Forest Protection Area. All open fires, including campfires and charcoal briquettes, are prohibited. The use of incendiary targets is also banned. Portable propane fire pits and gas or propane stoves and barbeques designed for cooking or heating are allowed. A county or municipal district may decide to add a restriction on propane fire pits or propane stoves and barbecues. The fire ban applies to Alberta’s Forest Protection Area and all counties, municipal districts and special areas, and provincial parks and recreation areas. The fire ban does not apply to cities, towns, villages, summer villages, or federal lands, such as national parks. Many of the jurisdictions that are not covered by the provincial fire ban have already put complementary fire bans in place and we encourage those that have not to do so. Recreational users of OHVs are encouraged to discontinue use until the wildfire hazard subsides. If use of these vehicles is required for industry personnel only, please take extra precautions and clean debris from hot spots regularly. The fire ban will remain in place until further notice. Every precaution is being taken to ensure no new preventable fires are started in the coming days that will put additional strain on the province's firefighting resources.

Contact Number: (866) 394-3473

Effective Date: 5/5/2016

Expiry Date:

Apr 28, 2016   -   KC police stuck in an elevator, who do you call? Firefighters

It’s probably on your Twitter or Facebook timeline.

On Wednesday, Kansas City firefighters were dispatched on an emergency to rescue a group stuck in an elevator. Happens every so often. No big deal.

But this call came from the Kansas City Police Regional Academy at Interstate 435 and Pleasant Valley Road. The individuals stuck between floors: tactical police officers.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to “rescue” them.

Someone snapped a photo of firefighter Tony George Pisciotta giving a thumbs-up sign. It shows the trapped officers in the background simply enjoying the moment.

Tim Dupin posted the photo on Facebook and tweeted it. By early Thursday afternoon, it had been shared more than 8,000 times on Facebook, retweeted 18,000 times and had 5.6 million hits on Imgur and Reddit.

“We have a good relationship with the police department, and it is just a lot of fun,” said Tim Dupin, a business representative for Local 42 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. “We are able to laugh at each other and have a good time, but we are always supportive of each other.”

Kansas City police also posted the photo on the department’s Facebook page.

“Well that was embarrassing,” the post said.

By midafternoon Thursday, 43,000 people had liked the post.

Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341@GRicekcstar




Apr 25, 2016   -   Fire department set up landing zone for STARS

On April 18 at 11:22 a.m., the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services crew were dispatched to 6412 Highway 616 due to a request to set up a landing zone for STARS ambulance. Two people were injured while unloading cattle gates off a trailer. The female patient was transported via ground while the 64-year old male was transported via STARS ambulance.


Fire crews were dispatched to a single motor vehicle collision on April 13 at 11:45 a.m. EMS and RCMP were also on scene. The patient was reported to have had a diabetic emergency.


The fire department received a call regarding a small grass fire that was reported to be threatening structures at 49217 Range Road 81 on April 14 at 2:10 p.m. A small grass brush fire adjacent to the south parking lot of a commercial structure was reported. The property owner’s employees were able to contain the fire. Fire crews extinguished the fire when they arrived on scene. Investigations revealed that the grass fire was started by sparks from a welder using a grinder on a flat deck trailer.

On April 17 at 12:19 p.m., fire crews responded to a grass fire in an alley at 5219 53 Avenue due to a bird electrocution in a high voltage power line. The initial assessment made by the fire department indicated a small grass fire along a chain link fence approximately 10 feet long. The fire was extinguished by the caller. The first responding officer on scene reported that the fire was out and there were no down power lines. The fire department received another call on the same day to a second location for a shed fire that started from the power line disruption caused by the bird electrocution.


The fire department received a fire alarm call on April 13 at 8:11 p.m. Fire crews responded to 34 Country Style trailer park and saw that nobody was home at a single trailer but saw light coming from the door. Fire crews made an entry and extinguished a small fire in the kitchen. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.


On April 14 at 1:38 p.m., the fire department received a residential fire alarm call at 4541 44 Avenue. When fire crews arrived on scene, it was found out that the alarm was set off due to cooking.


Fire crews responded to a lift assist call on April 17 at 5:20 p.m. at 3902 47 Street. Fire crews helped EMS with transporting a 72-year old male who was having difficulty breathing.


Starting May 1, the fire department will start accepting applications for volunteer paid on-call firefighters. The deadline for applications is set for May 31.


Applications for both the Breton and Drayton Valley Kids’ Camps will open on May 2. Parents are encouraged to pick up application forms at the fire hall. The Breton Kids’ Camp will run from July 19 to 22 while the Drayton Valley Kids’ Camp will run from August 23 to 26.



Apr 25, 2016   -   Local administrative assistant to celebrate ten years

Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services administrative assistant Carla Appleby will soon celebrate her 10th anniversary as a staff of the Town of Drayton Valley.

“I have been working with the town as an administrative assistant for 10 years as of May 11,” said Appleby. “I love working for the town. I had such a great opportunity to work with such great people in the community and to meet and work alongside them. They have mentored me including Nessen Naidoo, Manny Deol, and fire chief Tom Thomson, who is pretty awesome and a great role model.”

Appleby started working as an administrative assistant for the town office right after high school and then later on applied for a position at the fire department.

“When I graduated high school, I started off at the front desk of the town office doing utilities so that requires taking payments, greeting the public, cutting off water bills,” Appleby said. “And then the fire department administrative assistant retired so I applied and I got it.”

As an administrative assistant for the fire department, Appleby is responsible for a variety of tasks including scheduling and organizing events.

“I do the invoicing for the fire department, minute-taking, scheduling, reporting for the incident reports,” she said. “I also do a lot of public stuff like fire prevention programs and events that the fire department puts on. Anywhere from emergency services ball to our hockey tournament to our fire prevention month to awards night and all those summer barbeques.”

Appleby said one of the challenges she faces as an administrative assistant for the fire department is juggling multiple tasks at once, there is always more than one thing going on at once.

“There is always going to be challenges but I think that we always figure them out together as a team when they approach us. “I would say we have a great structure in our organization”.

However, Appleby said the people she works with makes it all worthwhile.

“I love my job. It is not necessarily what I do but it’s who I work with. I work with some great people. It is kind of a brotherhood here so it is nice. I have about 50 older brothers or so,” she said. “I really like the people I work with and I think that the fire department would not be as good as it is without everybody that is a part of it. I think we are a big puzzle and I am just a piece of the puzzle that goes together.”




Apr 15, 2016   -   St. Albert firefighter jumps into river to escape flames of grass fire

A firefighter in St. Albert was forced to jump into the Sturgeon River Thursday afternoon to escape the flames of a massive grass fire.

Fire crews were called out to fight two brush fires north of Edmonton Thursday afternoon.

One of the fires was near Ray Gibbon Drive. The flames became so dangerous at one point crews were forced to pull back from the fire. That’s when one member of St. Albert Fire Services was forced into the water.

He suffered minor burns when the wind suddenly changed and caused a fire tornado to form, St. Albert Fire Services said Thursday night. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

One of the fire hoses used to battle the blaze was also consumed by flames.

The other fire threatened power lines in the Aikensdale neighborhood. No homes or buildings were damaged in the fire.

Both fires were doused by about 6 p.m.





Apr 13, 2016   -   Marlborough fire destroys detached garage, damages two others

One detached garage was completely destroyed and two others were badly damaged after a large fire in the northeast community of Marlborough.

Fire crews were called to a garage fire around 4:20 Wednesday afternoon in the 3900 block of 14 Avenue N.E.

When firefighters arrived, flames had consumed one garage and had spread to two neighbouring garages.

The fire also caused damage to the rear siding of two homes.

In a press release, the Calgary Fire Department said, “the radiant heat also caused the siding on two garages across the back alley to melt.”

No injuries were reported and there’s still no word on the cause.

Investigators said it’s still unclear if the fire has any connection to other recent fires in the same neighbourhood.




Apr 13, 2016   -   Estevan tattoo parlour damaged by fire

Estevan fire crews worked throughout the morning to battle an early-morning blaze in the energy city.

According to the police department, the fire was reported at around 5:00 a.m.

The building is a Heretics Motorcycle Club, and attached tattoo parlour. 

Few details are being released at this point, including the cause of the fire. 




Apr 1, 2016   -   Fire Advisory Now in Effect

Please be advised that the fire department has put a Fire Advisory on for our area.
A fire advisory occurs when the fire hazard in the area is Moderate to High. Wildfires can start from most accidental causes and spread moderately through dry brush and grasses. Outdoor burning is permitted only with a fire permit or in an approved fire pit or burning appliance.

Thank you

Mar 21, 2016   -   RCMP help with child luring case

An investigation between ALERT and Drayton Valley RCMP detachment has led to an arrest of a church pastor charged with child luring.

“One of our members here, she actually latched onto it because it had been a file reported directly to us and she had engaged various resources including Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit,” said Staff Sgt. Malcolm Callihoo about Cst. Stephanie Leduc, who was working closely on the case.

The pastor with the Meewasin Free Methodist Church in Duffield was charged with child luring in the case.

ALERT’s (ICE) team arrested Glenn Harvey Boyde on March 14 and charged the 59-year-old pastor.

Callihoo confirmed that investigation found that there were text messages sent back and forth that were of a sexual nature.

An RCMP release stated in May 2015 the parents of a 15-year-old female found inappropriate text messages on her phone.

The texts were believed to be from an adult male that was known to the family through the church and youth social gatherings that the girl had participated in. The offense was first reported to Drayton Valley RCMP and ICE got involved later. ICE reviewed the text messages and was able to identify Boyde as a suspect. He was employed as a pastor when the alleged offenses took place; however, he was removed from his official position shortly after the complaint came forward.

“The Alert took over the file after a time but the investigator here was involved for the entire process,” confirmed Callihoo.

Boyde was released from custody on a number of conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 30 in Stony Plain.

Callihoo said with the increased use of technology, cases related to technology are becoming more and more common.

“With the technology becoming more and more prevalent you will see more of that type of thing happening,” he said.




Mar 21, 2016   -   Massive blaze destroys slaughterhouse near Didsbury

Fire crews from Olds, Didsbury and Carstairs were called to large fire at a slaughterhouse about four kilometres south of Didsbury Tuesday.

It happened at around 2:30 p.m. along Range Road 20 at Township Road 310.

Paramedics were on standby in case any firefighters were hurt battling the massive blaze.

No one was injured.

According to Carstairs’ fire chief Jordan Schafer, within about an hour, crews had an upper-hand on the blaze.

Fire crews had initially suggested the slaughterhouse was abandoned. Late Tuesday afternoon, Global News was contacted by a woman who said the plant was actually in use, processing for a retail store at the time of the fire.

The investigation into what started the fire is ongoing.

Mar 21, 2016   -   Crews battle two-alarm warehouse fire in northwest Edmonton

Fire tore through a warehouse in an industrial district of northwest Edmonton on Sunday.

According to officials, firefighters were called the scene of MTE Logistix located near 146 Street and 128 Avenue just before noon.

Edmonton Fire Rescue spokesperson Holly Budd said crews arrived to find black smoke coming from the building. “They forced entry and the sprinkler system had been activated in the building that helped control the fire,” she told CTV News.

Firefighters called two more trucks to the scene shortly after arrival.

Officials declared the fire out just before 3 p.m. - the cause the blaze is under investigation.

No other details have been released.




Mar 7, 2016   -   3 Minute Drill Campaign

Research shows toxic smoke from burning synthetic materials found in drapes, carpets and furniture in modern homes can build up to deadly levels in as little as three minutes. Yet only a few realize that it may take seven or more minutes for the fire service to respond. Preventing fires in and around your home is more critical than ever before.

A unique interactive website now offers an easy relaxed way to learn fire prevention and safety.

o  Learn where fire hazards lurk in your home
o  Find out how you can prevent these fire hazards from getting out of control
o  Get seasonal fire safety updates on fire safety issues
o  Sign up for an e-mail reminder once a month to keep your smoke alarms working.

Visit www.3minutedrill.alberta.ca to take the challenge.

Mar 7, 2016   -   Alberta Wildfire Mobile Applications

Stay current on Alberta's wildfire situation.

See where wildfires are burning in Alberta and how they impact you. Get up-to-date information on wildfire conditions and hazard. Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Report a wildfire.


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  • Direct contact information for Alberta's wildfire-related websites, phone numbers and email addresses.
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Mar 3, 2016   -   Alberta government to fund fire training

March 3, 2016 - The Alberta government is spending $650,000 to support fire and emergency-preparedness training for first responders in 50 municipalities and four First Nations. 

The funding is part of a Fire Services Emergency Preparedness Program aimed at volunteer and mutual-aid fire departments. The program will provide $500,000 for fire training and $150,000 for emergency management training in 2016. 

The grant program, according to a government news release, will help first responders develop the skills needed to respond effectively during fire and emergency events. 

“Local firefighters and emergency responders provide an invaluable service to their communities,” Danielle Larivee, Minister of Muncipal Affairs, said in the release. “Our government is proud to invest in emergency preparedness training as just one of the ways we will continue to help these individuals who help others.” 

Municipalities and First Nations that have mutual-aid agreements were given application priority, according to the release. 

For more information, including a list of the recipients, go to www.ofc.alberta.ca/grant-funded-training 

Oct 20, 2015   -   Last week for Chimney Sweep Signup

LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP for our 5th annual Mary Poppins Chimney Sweep Program Oct 26th-30th/2015 Now taking bookings on Discounted Chimney Cleanings and Inspections !! Please call Carla @ 1(780)514-2216 for more details and to book your appointment today !!!! www.leducchimneysweep.com. BETTER HURRY ITS FILLING UP FAST !!

Jun 16, 2015   -   INFORMATION BULLETIN - Bauer Helmet Recall

Bulletin No: 15/05

Date: June 16, 2015

To: ALL Hockey Alberta Membership (Including: Players, Coaches, Parents, Teams, Leagues and Minor Hockey Associations)

From: Hockey Alberta


This Information Bulletin is being distributed to all contacts of Hockey Alberta. We would ask your assistance in providing the widest possible distribution for this notice about a joint recall by Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Bauer Hockey Corp.

This recall involves the following goal masks and cages:

Bauer Concept C1 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire: carbon fiber shell with a foam liner and sweatband, and a titanium wire cage that attaches to the mask with two screws on each side of the mask; Senior masks in sizes S/M and M/L, available in two shell colors: black and white. "Concept C1" is marked on the top of the shell. A sticker inside the shell at the jaw lists the model and size. A second sticker on the other side of the shell at the jaw lists the country of origin (China), the assembly date and the CE certification. Certification (CSA, HECC) and warning stickers are affixed to the backplate of the mask.

Bauer NME 10 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire: fiberglass/carbon fiber shell with a foam liner and sweatband, and a titanium wire cage that attaches to the mask with two screws on each side of the mask. Senior masks in three sizes: Fit 1, Fit 2 and Fit 3, available in two shell colors: black and white. "NME10" is marked on the top of the shell. A sticker inside the shell at the jaw lists the model and size. A second sticker on the other side of the shell at the jaw lists the country of origin (China), the assembly date and the CE certification. Certification (CSA, HECC) and warning stickers are affixed to the backplate of the mask.

Bauer RP NME Ti Titanium Cage: a replacement cage intended for the Concept C1 and NME 10 goal masks. It has a matte finish. The cage has two side plates, one on each side of the cage. One side plate includes a sticker with the model designation (RP NME Ti Sr) and the CSA certification. The other sticker indicates HECC and CE certification. On the inside of the side plate is a sticker with the country of origin (Thailand).

Bauer has determined there may be a quality issue in some of the titanium wire used in the manufacture of the cages. The metal wires on the affected cages can break and may not provide adequate protection in the event of impact from a puck, posing a facial impact or laceration hazard

Consumers should stop using the recalled goal masks with the affected wire cages and contact Bauer Hockey Corp. Bauer Hockey Corp. has received nine reports, eight in Canada and one in the United States, of the titanium wire cage cracking or breaking upon impact with a puck, resulting in minor facial injuries in four of the reports.

Approximately 1,300 units were sold in Canada, and approximately 1,200 units were sold in the United States. The recalled products were sold from April 2013 to February 2015.

Please click on the link below to obtain more information on this recall.


For more information, consumers may contact Bauer's Customer Service toll-free at 1-844-448-4246, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

Consumers may also contact Bauer's Customer Service by email at titaniumrecall@bauer.com or visit Bauer's website at https://www.bauer.com/

Apr 27, 2015   -   Kids Firefighting Camp


Are you interested in learning about firefighting?
Are you 8 – 12 years of age?
Are you willing to experience new and exciting things
while learning at the same time?


If you answered YES to these questions come join the Drayton Valley / Brazeau County Fire Services for a week of:

July 7-10, 2015 Breton
August 18 – 21, 2015 Drayton Valley

FIREFIGHTER CAMP is 4 days of experiencing and learning all about the job of a firefighter.
FIREFIGHTER CAMP is learning firefighting skills and activities that are used by firefighters.
FIREFIGHTER CAMP is fun, exciting, engaging, and interesting.

July 7-10, Tuesday – Friday 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM at Station 2 Breton fire hall, 5620 - 47 street in Breton.
August 18-21, Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM at Station 3 Drayton Valley fire hall, 5120 - 52nd street in Drayton Valley.

Campers can be dropped off at the fire hall between 15 minutes prior to start of camp day and must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of camp day.

To Apply:
Registration Fee is ONLY $50.00 per camper to cover cost of t-shirt, water bottle and snacks.
Application forms can be picked up at:

Drayton Valley / Brazeau County Fire Services 5120 - 52nd Street
Drayton Valley, AB
T7A 1S1

Application deadline June 22th, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
There is limited space available, so don’t delay in submitting your application.
For more information call (780) 514-2216

Feb 2, 2015   -   EMPLOYMENT - Fire Marshall Position - CLOSED

Drayton Valley/Brazeau County
Fire Marshall Position
Full Time Permanent

Reporting to the Deputy Fire Chief (Operations), the Fire Marshall role is to lead, manage, and oversee the Fire Services public education program. The Fire Marshall position includes identifying potential fire hazards through ensuring buildings are in compliance with codes and standards, overseeing the investigations for origin and cause of fires in the Town of Drayton Valley/Brazeau County, managing the fire guardian program, and work in collaboration to oversee our local public education programs.

The Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Service is seeking an energetic and qualified individual for this position who possesses strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills and has a good understanding of fire service administrative and operational requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Grade 12 Diploma
  • NFPA 1001 Level 2, NFPA 472 Operations
  • Safety Code Officer – Fire Discipline (NFPA 1031/1033 Levels Preferred)
  • Fire Service Instructor Qualifications
  • Experience as a Fire Officer in a Leadership Role
  • NFPA 1035 Public Fire and Life Safety Professional an asset

This is a full time position with a competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume, cover letter and references to:

Town of Drayton Valley
Attention: Michelle Nickel
Human Resource Coordinator
Box 6837, 5120-52nd Street
Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1A1
Telephone (780) 514-2200
Fax (780) 542-5753
Email personnel@draytonvalley.ca

Closing date for this opportunity is 4:30 pm local time, Monday February 23rd, 2015

To view complete position description please click Fire Marshal Position.

May 3, 2014   -   Kids Firefighting Camp!


Are you interested in learning about firefighting?
Are you 8 – 12 years of age?
Are you willing to experience new and exciting things
while learning at the same time?


If you answered YES to these questions come join the Drayton Valley / Brazeau County Fire Services for a week of:

July 15-18, 2014 Breton
August 19 – 22, 2014 Drayton Valley

FIREFIGHTER CAMP is 4 days of experiencing and learning all about the job of a firefighter.
FIREFIGHTER CAMP is learning firefighting skills and activities that are used by firefighters.
FIREFIGHTER CAMP is fun, exciting, engaging, and interesting.

July 15-18, Tuesday – Friday 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM at Station 2 Breton fire hall, 5620 - 47 street in Breton.
August 19-22, Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM at Station 3 Drayton Valley fire hall, 5120 - 52nd street in Drayton Valley.

Campers can be dropped off at the fire hall between 15 minutes prior to start of camp day and must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of camp day.

To Apply:
Registration Fee is ONLY $30.00 per camper to cover cost of t-shirt, water bottle and snacks.
Application forms can be picked up at:

Village of Breton Municipal Office
4916 - 50th Ave Box 6685
Breton, AB

Drayton Valley / Brazeau County Fire Services
5120 - 52nd Street
Drayton Valley, AB
T7A 1S1

Application deadline June 30th, 2013 at 5:00 PM.
There is limited space available, so don’t delay in submitting your application.
For more information call (780) 514-2216

Mar 29, 2014   -   New fire department web site

Welcome, after nearly 3 years of running our old web site. Drayton Valley / Brazeau County Fire Services is please to present our new website design. We welcome you to leave comments in our Contact Us section and let us know your thoughts and any suggestions you may have to improve the site.

Thank you.

Web Management Team