Westlock County Fire Services exists to provide fire protection with five individual volunteer fire departments located around the County. The Fire Services Department has one full-time County Fire Chief, 6 District Chiefs and over 90 volunteer fire fighters. The members are continually training to improve their skills. Westlock County emergency services are delivered within the county border serving all ratepayers. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 for dispatch of our nearest fire department listed below.
Hall 1 – Fawcett Fire Department
Hall 2 – Jarvie Fire Department
Hall 4 – Clyde Rural Fire Department
Hall 5 – Pickardville Fire Department
Hall 6 – Busby Fire Department
Public Works Wildland Department
The County funds the entire operation with assistance in the way of fund raising by the volunteers within their departments, donations; each department has a fire hall, fire unit(s) and equipment. Westlock County Fire Services strives to provide our residents with safety education; including fire prevention information and fire smart training. We are proud of our child education program, which offers the traveling “Glenn Latimer” fire safety house that travels to schools and different events within the County.
Westlock County – Fire Restriction
Continuing dry windy conditions, a fire restriction is now in effect for Westlock County Jurisdiction.
(Fire Permits will be restricted to essential burning only e.g. Small Debris, Crop Removal)
Prohibited: Permits will not be issued for Large Brush.
Note: Residents who live or travel in the forest fire protection area zone 44 must adhere to provincial ban and Refer to Alberta Fire Control Zone Map.
Banned: Exploding Targets & Tracer Rounds.
Prohibited: No Backcountry Wood Fires on Public Lands or Private Lands;
Prohibited: No Tiki Torches;
Prohibited: No Fireworks;
Prohibited: No Burn Barrel;
Prohibited: No Fires Using Charcoal Briquettes;
Prohibited: No Fireworks;
Prohibited: Target Shooting for recreational purposes, is prohibited on all Public Land located within Westlock County Jurisdiction.
Prohibited: The operation of any off-highway vehicle, for recreational purposes, is prohibited on all Public Land located within Westlock County Jurisdiction.
This Order does not apply to the use of any off-highway vehicle:
a. on private lands; or
b. by any individual 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 or when travelling to a location to exercise such a right.
Allowed: Backyard Fire Pits
Must be minimum of three (3) meter clearance, measured from the nearest fire pit edge is maintained from buildings, property lines, or other combustible material and have a mesh screen with openings no larger than 12.5 mm and constructed of expanded metal (or equivalent non-combustible material), gas or propane stove barbeques.
Allowed: Portable propane fire pits, that are CSA approved or UL certified
Allowed: Professional Engineered Incinerators
Allowed: Registered campgrounds within designated fire rings.
Supervise and extinguish all fires during windy dry conditions. If you are burning you SHALL have water, and extinguishing equipment handy and ready. It is recommended that all burn permits that were previously issued be checked, to ensure that they are out and not cause a spring grass fire.
Westlock County urges everyone to use extreme caution when working or driving in grassy areas, be mindful of hot exhaust and keep vehicles clean and free of debris as smoldering debris can fall off and start fires.
Fast Facts About Fires
While anecdotal evidence indicates that most fires and fire deaths in Canadian homes are caused by cooking or smoking, there are no national numbers to back that up; statistics from most provincial fire marshals offices are available but, until now, have not been compiled and analyzed to form a national picture. A study of available home-fire information by the public safety division of Alberta Municipal Affairs is based on a statistical analysis of fire-incident data from seven Canadian provinces and one territory: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia (for 2007), Saskatchewan (for 2008), and the Northwest Territories (2003-2007). Data for the rest of Canada was either not available or was incomplete. Analytical programs based on software developed at Alberta’s Office of the Fire Commissioner were used for the analysis. An analysis of numbers from seven provinces and one territory shows that cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home-fire injuries. The findings are not surprising:
- Seniors aged 75 years and older have the highest risk of dying in home fires.
- Thirty per cent of all fires involved homes and 67 per cent of all fire deaths happened in homes.
- Most home fires occur in one- and two-family dwellings, and this partly reflects their higher proportion in the housing stock.
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home-fire injuries.
- Kitchens are the leading area of origin for home fires (22 per cent) and civilian home fire injuries (29 per cent).
- Just eight per cent of home fires started in the living room/family room; these fires caused 33 per cent of home fire deaths and 17 per cent of home fire injuries.
- Nine per cent of reported home fires started in the bedroom. These fires caused 20 per cent of home fire deaths and 21 per cent of home-fire injuries.
- Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
Analysis of home-fire data focused on fire deaths, areas of fire origin and fire causes. Fire data in homes subject to this analysis included a total of 13,256 home fires, 172 deaths, 1,168 injuries and $764 million in property losses. No further analysis was conducted on property losses due to data limitations. Population data source: Demography Division, Statistics Canada, Ottawa. Prepared and presented by: BC Stats, BC Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government. http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/statisticsbysubject/Demography/PopulationEstimates.aspx
Online Fire Permit Application-COMING SOON
COMING SOON! Online Fire Permit Application
The Fire Permit Program allows the Westlock County Fire Services to take a proactive approach to fire safety and education. All residents must have a fire permit before lighting any fires. You must either come to the office or contact the Fire Guardian closest to the potential burn site as listed below. An application for approval to conduct open burning will need to be completed for insurance purpose before contacting the Fire Guardian. Fire permits are issued year round within our county with the exception of ‘Fire Season’ when Westlock County Protection Services may have restrictions or bans in effect.
In the northern region of Westlock County we have a Forest Protection Area (as outlined in Gold or referred to as the Golden Zone) and permits must be obtained by contacting Alberta Sustainable Resources at 780-675-8168 following Provincial Bylaws and Regulations.
Fire Works Application
In addition to the Online Fire Permit application, before you purchase Fireworks, you must complete a “Purchase and Discharge Application form” available online or at Westlock County Office BEFORE you contact the Fire Guardians and they will co-ordinate the best time to inspect site allowing time for you to complete the checklist and advise neighbors of the time and date.
NOTE: Low Hazard Family Fireworks are prohibited without permits and will not be issued in populated areas, due to disturbance and safety. (Community Events are Exempt with Special Previsions). Click below for the application form.
Peat Burning Application
An application for a Fire Permit for burning Peat must be made on or before March 31st in a given calendar year. Fire Permits authorizing Peat burning shall only be issued between July 1st and August 31st. A Permit for burning Peat will be issued for 30 days and may be extended for a maximum of an additional 21 days with approval from the County Fire Chief.
Westlock/Clyde/Busby Area Ken Moon 780-915-9850
Pickardville/Busby/Clyde Area Harvey Provost 780-349-0668
Fawcett/Jarvie/Dapp Area Roy Forbes 780-349-0139
Westlock/Clyde Perry Lumayko 780-350-8410
Green Light Campaign
For those of us in rural and smaller urban areas, we receive our fire protection from volunteers, who often respond to emergencies in their own private vehicles. Seconds count in a fire or rescue situation and time lost enroute from a traffic congestion can make the difference.
When you see the GREEN LIGHT, please be courteous and yield the right-of-way and let them through. The Green Light gives the firefighters no special privileges when responding to an emergency. It is used only as an identifier to the drivers of other vehicles so that they may give up their right-of-way and allow the firefighter to get to the emergency unimpeded.
Join our team!! If you want to help people, work well with others, enjoy learning and are physically fit, you may be an ideal candidate as a volunteer with the Westlock County Fire Services.
- Must possess a valid class 5 Driver’s License and submit a current driver’s abstract with application.
- Must obtain a security clearance including vulnerable sector check from the RCMP.
- Must be able to perform physical duties as part of fire fighting.
- Must be able to obtain the required levels of training when courses are available.
- Must be available for 75% of practices
- Must be able to obtain a cell phone
Westlock County maintains a Municipal Emergency Plan that details steps to be taken in the event of an emergency occurring within the County. Such emergencies could include incidents involving dangerous goods, utility and water failures, extreme weather and environmental incidents, transportation incidents including but not limited to dangerous goods, oil spills, railways/cars and wildfires. Westlock County Fire Services has mutual aid agreements in place with the Town of Westlock, Village of Clyde and other surrounding areas, as well; we work closely with Alberta Environment Sustainable Resources fighting wildland fires. We have listed some resources as downloads and Links for Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness Week 2020