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FIRE HAZARD - MEDIUM
For Immediate Release
Date: June 5, 2018 9:30 AM
Contact: Scott Franchuk, County Fire Chief
Phone: (780) 656-3730
Fax: (780) 656-3768
Fire Advisory Smoky Lake County
Smoky Lake County has downgraded the existing Fire Restriction to a Fire Advisory effective 9:30 a.m. June 5, 2018. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice. The Fire Advisory allows camp fires in pits and burning barrels with safe burning practices in place with screens covering all barrels in use as per county policy. Fire permits will be issued to the public at this time on inspection only.
For further information please contact the Smoky Lake County, (780) 656-3730
Smoky Lake County Emergency Services had another busy year in 2016 with the Fire Departments responding to 232 calls which is up 10 calls for 2015. The Fire Departments are working with the RCMP and Victim Services on the Dare and Party Program for the High School kids. The Fire Departments have executed an agreement with Alberta Health Services to enter into the Medical First Responders Program which allow members to provide medical treatments before an ambulance arrives on scene.
Smoky Lake County Emergency Services training has changed in 2016 with the Fire Commissioner’s Office eliminating the 12 S – series course to become a professional firefighter and created a level 1 – Basic Firefighter and level 2 – Advanced Firefighter, which is recognized across North America. Seven members are currently training to complete the Level 1 – Basic Firefighter and more members will be starting in 2017. Members completed Incident Command System 200 and 300 training. As well, recertification in CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator and First Aid. With Mental Health awareness becoming more prevalent, members completed Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid. The Fire Department members are dedicated to complete training, as the departments are averaging more than a call every second day.
Fire Department contact and department information
E-Mail: Fire Chief
Phone: (780) 650-5410
Fax: (780) 656-3768
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Vilna Fire Department
Vilna Fire Department responded to 92 fire calls in 2016 which is up 24 calls from 2015. Congratulations to Vilna Fire Department to hosting a successful 34th Annual Firemen’s Dine and Dance with all proceeds going back into the hall for the purchasing of supplies and hosting appreciation nights for the members. Vilna Fire Department welcomed 2 new members in 2016.
Smoky Lake Fire Department
Smoky Lake Fire Department responded to 96 fire calls in 2016 which is down 26 calls from 2015. Congratulations to Smoky Lake Fire Department on hosting a successful Firemen’s Ball and celebrating 100 years as a Fire Department with all proceeds going to towards replacing the fridge and installing a washer and dry into the fire hall for cleaning fire gear. The Fire Department members were able to fundraise $6,000.00 towards the fireworks show for August Long Weekend Heritage Days by working bars at special events, donations and a pancake breakfast on Canada day. The Department looks forward to seeing everyone again in 2017 for the pancake breakfast. Smoky Lake Fire Department welcomed 5 new members in 2016.
Waskatenau Fire Department
Waskatenau Fire Department responded to 31 fire calls in 2016 which is down 11 calls from 2015. Waskatenau Fire Department members are working with the Victoria Trail Ag Society in renovating the Waskatenau arena lobby into a gym for the members and the Smoky Lake County region to use. click here