Westlock County Fire Services exists to provide fire protection with six 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 boarder 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 3 – Westlock Rural Fire Department
Hall 4 – Clyde Rural Fire Department
Hall 5 – Pickardville Fire Deparment
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.
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.
Fire Permits and Guardians
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.
Low Hazard Fireworks require a “Purchase and Discharge Application form” to be filled out prior to purchase of Fireworks and is available 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.
Click below for the application form
County Fire Chief
John Biro 780-307-0530
Westlock / Clyde/Busby Area
Ken Moon 780-915-9850
Harvey Provost 780-349-0668
Roy Forbes 780-349-0139
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
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 be 18 years of age
- Must possess a valid class 5 Driver’s License and submit a current driver’s abstract with application.
- Must be able to obtain a class 3 license with air brake endorsement before ending 6 month probation period.
- Must obtain a security clearance 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