May 3, 2014   -   Kids Firefighting Camp!

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:

FIREFIGHTER CAMP!
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.

Hours:
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
TOC OPO

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

Feb 24, 2013   -   Summer 2013 Recruitment Campaign Underway!

Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services' recruitment campaign is underway for part-time/paid on-call members at†stations 1, 2 and 3.† Anticipated staffing levels for each station† are as follows:

  • Station 1, Lodgepole: 5 positions
  • Station 2, Breton:†2 positions
  • Station 3, Drayton Valley:†6 positions

Benifits of becoming a member of Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services are:

  • NFPA 1001 Level I and Level II Professional Firefighter Certification.
  • Emergency Response Operations.
  • Opportunities to participate in Fire Prevention and Public Education.
  • Advanced Operations Training & Certification.
  • Involvement in community-based events.

Applications can be picked up at Station 3 in Drayton Valley or click on "Start Here" on the DVBCFS main page.††Applications are being accepted for the†Summer recruitment class†and should be dropped off at Station 3 in Drayton Valley with attention made to DVBCFS Human Resources.†

Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and be able to provide a Criminal Record Check and Driver's Abstract (five (5) year), holding a valid Alberta Class 5 Operator's License.†

Any questions can be answered by calling 780-514-2216.

May 13, 2012   -   Total Fire Ban Issued

As of May 13, 2012 Brazeau County and the Drayton Valley / Brazeau County Fire Services have issued a Total Fire Ban for Brazeau County and the Town of Drayton Valley.

A total fire ban occurs when the fire hazard in the area is Very High to extreme. Large erratic-behaving wildfires can start quickly and spread extremely fast through dry grass or slash. This type of fire could escalate with any type of wind. NO OUTDOOR BURNING IS TO TAKE PLACE DURING A TOTAL FIRE BAN.

For more information please call 780-514-2216.

May 7, 2012   -   Fire services briefs

By Courtney Whalen - Western Review Drayton Valley


NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN COLLISIONS

No one was seriously injured in any of the three motor vehicle collisions members of the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services were called to between Apr. 25 and May 2.

Two of the collisions occurred in the Town of Drayton Valley while the other collision happened at Range Road 71 and Twp. Road 474.

Firefighters also responded to reports of a grass fire that, on further investigation turned out to be a permitted brush fire. Fire Chief Tom Thomson said someone noticed the smoke from a distance away and called the fire services. At this time of year when so many people are beginning to burn Thomson said if possible itís helpful for residents to investigate a little further before contacting the fire services in case it is a controlled burn.

The fire services also responded to an alarm at a commercial business, which turned out to be false.

ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT

Despite some rain last week a fire advisory remains in effect for the Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County.

ďWe would need a significant amount of rain to bring it down,Ē said Fire Chief Tom Thomson.

The fire advisory means the risk of wildfire is moderate to high and that people should be aware of the risk of fires spreading quickly. Burning is only permitted with a permit or in approved fire pits or appliances. Residents are reminded to never leave a fire unattended.

DELICIOUS, BUT DANGEROUS

Now that the snow is gone, hopefully for good, thoughts are turning to activities, including firing up the outdoor deep fryer. While the results of the deep fry may be delicious Fire Chief Tom Thomson said there are also a number of potential dangers associated with the activity.

ďThey can tip over very easily, they can overheat and they can splash hot oil everywhere,Ē he noted last week.

There is a risk of serious burns or fire if some precautions arenít taken.

Thomson said use of the deep fryer should always be done outside on a flat surface, well away from buildings and any flammable material. Never use the deep fryer on a wooden deck, in a garage, under an awning or in any enclosed space.

Always be cautious not to overfill the pot with oil to limit the chances of it overflowing. Placing frozen or half-frozen items in the hot oil can also cause a spill as the water vapour mixes with the oil. Be sure items are thawed before throwing them in the fryer.

An overflowing deep fryer doesnít just cause a mess. If the oil spills onto the burner it can also cause a fire. If the oil heats too much it can also ignite. Since most outdoor deep fryers donít have thermostat controls that is something that needs to be monitored.

ďItís a very dangerous scenario,Ē said Thomson.

A deep fryer thatís in use should never be left unattended and children and pets should be kept away from the area. To avoid burns from hot oil the person in charge of the deep fryer should use insulated oven mitts when handling the pot and taking items in and out. Long sleeves and pants should also be worn, noted Thomson.

Itís a good idea to have a Class ABC fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire. If a fire extinguisher isnít handy baking soda can be used. Water should never be used on a fire with oil. If a fire does occur Thomson said the fire services should be called immediately.

Western Review Article may be viewed by clicking here

Sep 19, 2011   -   Fire services briefs

By Lesley Allan - Western Review Drayton Valley


Motor home blaze

On Sept. 7 Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services responded to a motor home fire on Hwy. 39 and R.R. 64 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Upon fire service's arrival the home was fully involved and had some propane tanks that were venting. To avoid any further problems the highway was shut down, reopening when things were under control and it was safe to do so.

Truck fire

At 7:40 in the evening on Sept. 7 Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services were called to the scene of a fire, on Hwy. 22 north toward township 502. A tractor-trailer carrying poplar wood chips caught fire after a line rupture leaked onto the break drums.

Collision

A collision between a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle brought Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services out to junction of 22 and 39 on the morning of Sept. 16. The incident cut down the highway to one lane, but no serious injuries were reported.

Fatality

Another early morning collision resulted in one fatality after a passenger vehicle collided with a moose on Hwy. 39 at R.R. 52.More information on the accident will be released once next of kin is contacted.

Local fire fighters honoured

On Sept. 14 three members of Brazeau County Fire Services, were awarded the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Canada. Director of Protective Services Sheldon Fuson, District Chief Darcy McGregor and Deputy Chief Spencer Ross received the national award as members of the Alberta fire service who have served their communities for a minimum of 20 years and have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

"It was a huge honour for us," says Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services Fire Chief Tom Thomson. "That medal is difficult to get, it's given out for exemplary service so for us to have three people from our department receive it, it was quite a thrill and quite an honour."

Western Review Article may be viewed by clicking here

Sep 12, 2011   -   Fire services briefs

By Courtney Whalen - Western Review Drayton Valley


STARS LANDS IN AREA TWICE IN TWO DAYS

Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 7 the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services received a total of eight calls for service, including two incidents where STARS Air Ambulance was also called in.

On Sept. 1 members spent close to eight hours at the site of an industrial fire at a rig site northwest of Lodgepole. Also on that day there was a single vehicle rollover on Hwy. 621 where STARS had to be called in to airlift a patient.

STARS was called out again on Sept. 2 to the Drayton Valley Municipal Airport when a person was injured during set up for the Thunder in the Valley drag races. The fire services were called to the scene to assist with establishing a landing zone for the air ambulance.

A few days later, on Sept. 4 the fire services responded to a call for a large bonfire within the town limits, which was in violation of town bylaws.

There were only minor injuries reported on Sept. 5 when firefighters responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle collision. The fire services also had the report of a gas alarm that day, which turned out to be false.

A fuel spill on Sept. 6 was called in to the fire services when gas from a jerry can was leaking onto the exhaust pipe of a vehicle.

Traffic was delayed on Hwy. 39 in the afternoon of Sept. 7 after members of the fire services were called to the report of a motorhome on fire on the side of the highway at Range Road 64. RCMP was also on scene to assist with traffic, which was down to one lane for a period of time in the afternoon.

SUCCESSFUL THUNDER IN THE VALLEY

Members of the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services and their colleagues from area fire departments were on hand at the Drayton Valley Rotary Club's Thunder in the Valley event over the Labour Day weekend.

Fire Chief Tom Thomson said firefighters are required to be on hand throughout the event to provide fire suppression services both on the track and in the surrounding event area, if needed. They are also responsible for extricating drivers involved in collisions and collision clean up.

"The races cannot run if we're not there," said Thomson.

He said it was a relatively quiet weekend for firefighters on scene with only one collision on the opening night of the event.

SCHOOL'S IN

Last week Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services welcomed its third class of high school students into Station No. 3 in Drayton Valley. This semester 11 students are enrolled in the high school firefighting course. The course, which was introduced last year, is a partnership between the fire services, Wild Rose Public Schools and Frank Maddock High School.

"We're excited that this is our second full year of doing the program," said Fire Chief Tom Thomson.

He said at first the latest group of students was more reserved than those who had come before them, but they soon started to relax on their first day at the fire station.

"There was excitement you could see in their faces once they got down on the floor looking at the equipment and getting their gear," said Thomson.

FIREFIGHTERS REPRESENT AREA

Two members of the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services recently took part in the Scott FireFit Championships in Edmonton that happened over the Labour Day weekend.

Firefighters Tyler Heathcote and Scott MacKenzie represented the local fire department well, said Fire Chief Tom Thomson.."

Western Review Article may be viewed by clicking here

Sep 6, 2011   -   Fire services briefs

By Courtney Whalen - Western Review Drayton Valley

 
RASH OF COLLISIONS

Of the five calls the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services responded to between Aug. 25 and Aug. 31 four of them were motor vehicle collisions.

However, the time period started with members responding to reports of a propane tank that was on fire. Crews were on the scene of the propane tank fire located on Blaze Energy Road for approximately seven hours. Assistant Fire Chief John McDermott said the fire was a "significant incident."

The fire services responded to three more calls on Aug. 27, all of those motor vehicle collisions, including a single vehicle rollover on Twp. Road 494, a two-vehicle MVC in Brazeau County and a gravel truck rollover on Hwy. 22 in the vicinity of the Drayton Valley Golf Club. On Aug. 30 firefighters responded to a single vehicle collision out at the Brazeau Dam.

Members of Station No. 2 in Breton were called to a single vehicle rollover of a gravel truck on Hwy. 20. One person was sent to hospital in that incident.

RIDE A SUCCESS

On Aug. 27 14 members of the local Red Knights Motorcycle Club, made up primarily of members of the fire services, headed out for the Red Knights Run in support of the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Services. Riders carried with them a donation of $3,000 for their colleagues in Slave Lake.

John McDermott, assistant fire chief with the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services, said the ride was an "awesome" experience.

Riders left from Drayton Valley and made their way to Slave Lake where they were met by Lesser Slave Regional Fire Services Deputy Chief Todd Whitby at Fire Station No. 1, located right in the Town of Slave Lake.

While in the area Whitby showed the Red Knights riders photos and maps of the scope of the devastation from the wildfires that ripped through the area in May. A tour of some of the demolished neighbourhoods followed. McDermott said images seen in print and on television didn't do justice to what the riders saw during their tour. He said it was sobering to walk through neighbourhoods where really the only things really left are sidewalks and roads.

"For everybody there it was a pretty sobering thought that this could have been any town in Alberta," he said, noting at the time much of the province was experiencing the same extremely dry conditions.

Months into the rebuilding and recovery process McDermott said the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service is basically back to business as usual, but they were happy to welcome their colleagues from Drayton Valley and accept the financial donation to their organization.

"They were happy to see us. They were humbled by what we did for them," said McDermott. "But to us it was just a small thing because we weren't able to go up and physically help."

Western Review Article may be viewed by clicking here

Aug 30, 2011   -   Fire services briefs

By Courtney Whalen - Western Review Drayton Valley

HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE

A local home was burned beyond saving last week and the investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing.

Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services were called to the report of a structure fire around 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 at a home on Range Road 73 (the Ring Road).

Assistant Fire Chief John McDermott said no one was home at the time of the fire, but crews were unable to save the structure.

"We've started the investigation and we're still actively working in it," said McDermott last week.

BUSY DAY FOR CALLS

Aug. 18 was a busy day for the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services.

A power outage resulted in one false alarm call. Also that day Station No. 2 in Breton received a call about a venting nitrogen tank. Investigation revealed that a local company was doing a controlled venting of a nitrogen tank and the fire department wasn't required.

Members of Station No. 3 in Drayton Valley were required to help with traffic control at the intersection of Hwy. 22 and Hwy. 621 on Aug. 18 for a fuel spill. The fire services dealt with traffic while an area company handled the actual spill.

On Aug. 22 the fire services were called to the report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle, however members called off when it became clear theyir assistance wasn't needed

RED KNIGHTS OFF TO SLAVE LAKE

Last weekend approximately 20 firefighters who are member of Alberta chapters of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club made a trip to Slave Lake.

The bikers made the trek in order to visit with their colleagues in Slave Lake, which was ravaged by fire earlier this year, and present the Slave Lake Firefighters Society with a donation of more than $2,500.

Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services Assistant Fire Chief John McDermott said he has been in contact with the chief and deputy chief of the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service and both are excited about the visit from their colleagues. The visiting Red Knights will have the chance to visit with members of the fire services and see some of the damages left by the wildfire in Slave Lake and the surrounding area.

"From east to west we'll get a good appreciation for what the devastation was," said McDermott.

Western Review Article may be viewed by clicking here

Aug 9, 2011   -   Fire services briefs

By Votham Anastasiadis - Western Review Drayton Valley

POWER OUTAGES RESULT IN FALSE ALARMS

The Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services responded to eight calls over the last week.

The recent power outages the area has been experiencing were responsible for five out of the eight calls, which were false alarms due to power failures that triggered alarm systems.

A vapour leak was called in that was coming from a tanker truck, though it was a bit of a false alarm. The nitrogen was taken care of by proper ventilation.

A report of a transformer that had exploded near Lodgepole was answered by the fire services but did not require their services because a power company dealt with the issue.

CARBON MONOXIDE COULD BE A KILLER

The Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services responded to a carbon monoxide leak at a local business in town. A faulty hot water tank was to blame for the above average levels of carbon monoxide, which set off their security system.

The businesses' carbon monoxide detector was hooked up to their security system. This link was a large reason the results were so positive says fire chief, Tom Thomson.

The local business had been open all day, until about six in the evening. About half an hour later the alarm detected the problem and help was on the way. Thomson says that this is a dangerous thing and that it must be treated in a serious manner when an alarm has been set because of its silent nature.

"This example could have been dangerous in the fact that the manager of the facility went back into the building trying to shut the alarm off not realizing it was a real alarm, so when it would not shut off and kept reactivating he knew it was more serious," says Thomson.

He emphasizes that individuals should not be entering a building with an alarm that has been triggered without informing the authorities.

The gas to the hot water tank had to be shut off and the ventilation process had to be completed before employees and patrons returned.

The first signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are headaches, feeling sick and dizzy. Thomson warns that the gas can render you unconscious at high levels and to enter situations with the risk of carbon monoxide with extreme caution.

PREPARING FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

Fire Prevention Week will be taking place in October and the Drayton Valley/Brazeau Fire Services has a good start on the organization for the program.

Many of the components of the fire prevention program will remain the same as in previous years, such as the poster contest, fire chief for the day, and an in class fire extinguisher lesson.

A few new initiatives will be launched for the programs, firefighter trading cards are a new addition for the younger children who participate in the program.

In addition the Drayton Valley/Brazeau Fire Services is hoping to answer the need of road safety. Fire Chief Tom Thomson says that all the collisions over the last several months need attention. They are looking to launch a high school driving safety program.

Western Review Article may be viewed by clicking here

Jul 25, 2011   -   Fire services briefs

By Courtney Whalen - Western Review Drayton Valley

 

DRAYTON HOME DAMAGED BY FIRE

A Drayton Valley home sustained smoke and heat damage after a fire on July 15. Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services received the call Friday morning of a possible structure fire. When firefighters arrived they discovered the fire was centred in one room of the home. No one was home at the time, as the residents had just left to go out of town. Deputy Fire Chief Murray Galavan said the fire was quickly contained and in fact carried more heat than actual flame.

The local fire services believe the fire was caused by faulty electrical equipment in the home.

TWO SENT TO HOSPITAL

Two people were sent to hospital after a single vehicle collision on July 15.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the single vehicle rollover around 11 p.m. on Hwy. 621. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken to hospital for treatment.

ALARM CALLS UP

In addition to the house fire and collision Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services had five other calls between July 13 and July 20. All of those additional calls turned out to be false alarms.

WORK CONTINUES ON TRAINING CENTRE

Work on a proposal to build the Western College of Emergency Services in the local area is moving forward. The project, which has already received initial support from both the Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County, is now in Phase II of development. Proponents are now looking at getting firm costs for the project and scouting possible locations.

FIREWORKS NOT ALLOWED IN TOWN

Deputy Fire Chief Murray Galavan is reminding the public that fireworks are prohibited in the Town of Drayton Valley and require a permit in Brazeau County.

Drayton Valley has a bylaw in place that prohibits the sale, storage and setting off of fireworks within the town boundary. Fireworks are also prohibited for sale in Brazeau County.

Galavan said small sparklers, such as those that can be used on birthday cakes are allowed, but firecrackers such as Roman Candles are prohibited.

"It's a peace disturbance and also, after they've exploded they do not know where those embers go," he said, noting properties have been started on fire from firework embers before.

The Town of Drayton Valley does set off fireworks on July 1, but they have a permit and trained professionals set off those fireworks, said Galavan.

 Western Review Article may be viewed by clicking here

Jan 18, 2011   -   Emergency Services Ball Tickets

The annual emergency services ball, Guns and Hoses, is coming up on Feb. 12 and tickets are selling fast. The formal event, where local emergency services including fire, police and ambulance attend, is open to the public.

The fire services uses the event to hand out service awards as well as naming its firefighter of the year.

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at Station No. 3 in Drayton Valley or the RCMP detachment.

Jan 17, 2011   -   Drive According To Weather Conditions

Between Jan. 5 and 12 the Drayton Valley / Brazeau County fire services responded to a number of minor motor vehicle collisions, although no injuries were reported.

The fire department wants to remind drivers not to use cruise control when driving conditions are icy. When roads are icy, the cruise control will attempt to shift down to maintain a steady speed, which can often cause the vehicle to end up in the ditch.

Nov 30, 2010   -   2010 Recruitment Campaign Closed

The recruitment campaign for Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services has come to a close for the 2010 year.  We thank all that applied and are pleased to announce that five applicants were accepted for hiring and will commence their indoctrination with us on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010.  This class of new recruits are slated to begin thier formal Basic Firefighter  Recruit Training on Saturday, January 8th, 2011.  Congratulations to our successful applicants!

Stay tuned to the DVBC Fire Services Website for the start of the Summer Recruitment Campaign for Part-Time/Paid On-Call positions in 2011!

Apr 12, 2010   -   Time is running out!

Time is running out! Come on out and enjoy the last few days of available ice at the Omniplex. The Drayton Valley Firefighters Association Wild Fire on Ice is soon to begin and we need your support. Only a few available player spots remain, so sign up now and be part of this entertaining annual event.

The Hansons

Unable to play but want to help? Not a problem! The Drayton Valley Fire Fighterís Association would appreciate any support you can give through cash or door prize donations. As part of our tournament we run a casino theme at our banquet and a silent auction for fun and entertainment. We would like to thank you for your support and if you have any questions, or for pick up, please either contact¬†Murray Galavan¬†@ 780-202-0303 or Carla Appleby @¬†780-514-2216. Donations¬†can also be dropped off at the Drayton Valley Fire Hall on 52 Street.

If you wish to participate as a player in the tournament please click  Hockey Entry Form  to download a copy of the form and follow the instructions detailed within.

Apr 10, 2010   -   Brazeau County Issues Fire Advisory

With the current dry conditions Brazeau County is issuing a Fire Advisory. Please exercise extreme caution when conducting burning operations. Ensure the fire is fully extinguished and monitor it for several days afterwards. Fire permits are required for any open fires, other than cooking and warming fires in an approved fire pit. No new burn permits will be issued, however, exisiting burn permits are still valid. Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue exercising fire safety practices including discarding smoking materials properly, driving off road vehicles in the bush, and having firefighting equipment (water, shovel, etc.)on hand when lighting a fire.

Mar 4, 2010   -   Use caution when driving at night

Night DrivingWe at the fire department would like to remind all drivers to be extra careful when driving in the evening and around the dusk/dawn times. Wildlife is a reality in and around the Drayton Valley area. With the weather warming up the odds of having a chance meeting with our four legged neighbours increases. We urge all on the road to stay focused on driving and keep your vehicle lights clean to assist with vision.

Also please remember to wear your seat belts at all times and follow all manufacturers instructions when using child seats, as these devices have proven to dramatically reduce injuries when properly used.

Mar 2, 2010   -   New fire department website

351The Drayton valley / Brazeau County fire services is pleased to announce the launch of their new web site. A new layout and brand new content is included in the site. For comments or suggestions please feel free to contact the department at 780-514-2216 or drop by the station.

Feb 20, 2010   -   Guns and Hoses event a success

Gun and HosesThe Guns and Hoses celebration of EMS, Fire Department, and RCMP was a great success February 20th. Turnout was great and we would like to thank all who attended. The evening consisted of a dinner, presentations and a live band. After not holding the event last year it was nice to see all three services come together and receive recognition.

Jan 12, 2010   -   New Breton Station

Breton StationThe County of Brazeau is pleased to announce the opening of a fully refurbished Station #2 in Breton. This new station houses state of the art equipment and has adaquate capacity to expand should the need arise in the near future.

Drayton Valley / Brazeau County Fire Services Headquarters
Box 6685 - 5120 52nd Street Drayton Valley, Alberta, T7A 1A1
Phone: (780) 514-2216