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Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services
Due to recent warm, dry temperatures and future forecasted weather conditions, a FIRE ADVISORY been issued for all of Brazeau County and Town of Drayton Valley starting May 2nd 2018 at 8:00 am. No new fire permits will be issued at this time. The FIRE ADVISORY will remain in effect until conditions improve.
The following fires are still permitted:
- Burns with approved fire permits issued prior to May 1st (no extension of permits will be granted)
- Internal household fire places
- Incinerators (for farm and acreage use)
- Burn barrel (steel/metal drum no larger than 45 gallons- for Agriculture lands)
- Solid Fuel barbecues (charcoal briquettes)
- Bylaw compliant backyard and camping fires
- Fires contained within approved facilities and appliances in designed camping and recreational areas
- Portable propane fire pits and appliances
For more information please visit albertafirebans.ca for fire up-to-date fire status or contact the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services @ 780-514-2216 during regular business hours.
Fire Chief Tom Thomson, along with Murray Frank and Kent Fusion were recognized my MLA Mark Smith, Mayor Michael Doerksen and Town Council at the December 20, 2017 Council meeting for their years of dedicated service on the Fire Department.
Alberta 12 Year Service Medal and Service Bars
The Alberta Government initiated the Alberta Emergency Services Medal to recognize Alberta Emergency Services personnel who selflessly dedicated their time, talents, and, in some cases, their lives to the service of others. The medal pays tribute to outstanding full-time, part-time, and volunteer members who have committed 12 or more years to emergency services in Alberta.
They have recently expanded the service medals to include:
Bronze Bar = 22 Years
Silver Bar= 32 Years
Gold Bar= 40 Years
Formed around 1955, the fire department had a volunteer Fire Chief and approximately ten firefighters protecting the area. The department used an old truck with a triplex pump that was later used for street flushing. Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services currently has 4 volunteer/paid on-call firefighters assigned to Station 1 in Lodgepole, 21 volunteer/paid on-call firefighters assigned to Station 2 in Breton and, 40 volunteer/paid on-call firefighters at Station 3 in Drayton Valley.
Station 3 in Drayton Valley also serves as headquarters for the region’s fire services. With a total staffing level of 65 men and women, the composite fire service staff in the region includes a full-time Fire Chief, a Deputy Fire Chief in charge of Operations, a Deputy Fire Chief in charge of Training, Inspection and Investigation, a Captain in charge of Maintenance Coordination and an Administrative Assistant.
Averaging 300 calls per year, Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services sees a wide variety of calls throughout the region. From structure fires to motor vehicle collisions to wildland and wildland-urban interface, the men and women serving to help protect our community are committed to the preservation of life, property and the environment.
Caution should always be taken with any type of burning. Outdoor burning within Town Boundaries is permitted only in an approved fire pit or burning appliance. For further information view the Outdoor Restriction Bylaw here: Outdoor Restriction Bylaw 2013-08-P
On The Threshold of Training Excellence
Fire Chief Tom Thomson’s vision of a fire training academy was featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of The Responder – the official publication of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association. Click here to see the full article.