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Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services
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.
FIRE ADVISORY ISSUED – APRIL 28TH, 2020
Due to recent warm, dry temperatures and future forecasted weather conditions, a FIRE ADVISORY has been issued for the Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County* starting April 28th, 2020. Outdoor burning is permitted only with a fire permit or in an approved fire pit or burning appliance. The FIRE ADVISORY will remain in effect until conditions improve.
The following fires are still permitted:
- Outdoor burning is permitted with an approved fire permit.
- Indoor/Outdoor 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
*This fire advisory is in effect for Brazeau County area that is not under Alberta’s Forest Protection Area or Crown Land
For more information please visit https://www.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.
Province Declares Fire Ban
The Province of Alberta has declared a fire ban in some parts of the province to help reduce the risk of wildfire! Locations in GREEN on the attached map are areas where the provincial fire ban applies.
The fire hazard in the Town and Brazeau County remains low, and there is no fire ban for the Town of Drayton Valley at this time.
For more information about Alberta fire bans, you can visit https://www.albertafirebans.ca/
“NO FIRE BAN” status is in effect for the Town of Drayton Valley.
With the current precipitation and future forecasted precipitation in the area the Drayton Valley Brazeau County will be lifting the partial fire ban to a No Fire Ban. The fire services will monitor the fire conditions in upcoming weeks and may update the fire status as weather dictates. OUTDOOR BURNING IS PERMITTED ONLY WITH A FIRE PERMIT OR IN AN APPROVED FIRE PIT OR BURNING APPLIANCE.
For more information please visit albertafirebans.ca for up-to-date fire status or contact the Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services @ 780-514-2216 during regular business hours.
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
Fire Chief Tom Thomson, along with Murray Frank and Kent Fusion were recognized by 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.
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.
Looking for On Call Firefighters!
The Fire Department is now recruiting paid, on call firefighters!