County of Vermilion River Open House March 5 at the Kitscoty Community Hall

Fire Services

FIRE BAN STATUS

NO FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

Fire Bans

Fire bans restrict burning for the safety of residents and the community. Depending on weather and environmental conditions, the County may issue a Fire Advisory, Restriction or Ban. You can view fire bans throughout Alberta through the Alberta Fire Bans Website.

FIRE ADVISORY
Fire Advisories are issued when the fire danger rating has increased. No restrictions are placed during an advisory.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS
Fire Restrictions (aka Partial Fire Bans) restrict most fires. Outdoor fires that do not require a fire permit are permitted. 

FIRE BAN
Fire Bans (aka Total Fire Bans) prohibited all fires. 

Fire & Fireworks Permits

FIRE PERMITS

County Fire Permits are required year-round for many reasons, such as:

  • regulating fires during special weather conditions,
  • specifying certain conditions to ensure control of the fire, and
  • notifying the fire department before burning so they know the whereabouts and type of fire they are dealing with. 

Permits can be obtained by contacting Protective Services or filling out a Fire Permit Request Form online. Fire Permits are not required for recreational fires, burning barrel fires or residential incinerator fires. 

You will need to provide:

  • your contact information
  • closest fire department
  • land location of the fire
  • type of material you will be burning

Fire Permits are not valid until signed by an approved County Fire Guardian. Once you receive a valid permit you MUST contact the toll-free number on the permit to inform East Central 911 of where and when you will be burning.

NOTE: If a Fire Restriction or Fire Ban has been declared, all previously issued permits are suspended. It is the landowner's responsibility to ensure there is not a current Fire Ban on prior to burning. If the Fire Ban is lifted prior to the expiration date on your permit, your permit becomes valid again.

 Request a Fire Permit Fire Permit Info Sheet

*During a partial or total fire ban, the Request a Fire Permit link will not work. 

FIREWORKS PERMITS

Please contact Protective Services at least 7 days before your display to allow sufficient processing and inspection time. 

Recruitment

We are seeking dedicated and motivated individuals who live, work or can respond promptly within one of our eight community fire stations. We are currently looking for volunteers for the following fire stations:

  • Blackfoot
  • Clandonald
  • Dewberry
  • Islay
  • Kitscoty
  • Marwayne
  • Paradise Valley

For more information, please check out the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment information on our Careers page or fill out the Fire Services Volunteer Application and email to fire@county24.com.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS:

The County Fire Service is made up of eight stations. Four of these stations are owned and operated by the County while the remaining four are operating under agreements with our municipal neighbours.

County Fire Chief
Kirk Hughes

Fire & Rescue District Maps

Fire Districts Rescue Districts

If you are curious about the different types of apparatus used throughout the County Fire Service:

Fire Services Fleet Apparatus

Blackfoot Fire & Rescue

County of Vermilion River

DEPARTMENT INFO

Chief
Brad Parkinson

Deputy Chiefs
Ron Courtepatte 
John McGerrigle

# of Volunteers
27

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

  • 4 Bay Hall (shared with County Public Works)
  • Pumper
  • Tanker
  • Rapid Responder 

Interested in joining Blackfoot Fire? Check out our recruitment section above!

Clandonald Fire

County of Vermilion River

DEPARTMENT INFO

Chief
Josh Anderson

Deputy Chief
Brent Farrell

# of Volunteers
32

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

  • 3 Bay Hall (shared with County Public Works)
  • Pumper
  • Tanker
  • Crew Truck

Interested in joining Clandonald Fire? Check out our recruitment section above!

Dewberry Fire & Rescue

County of Vermilion River

DEPARTMENT INFO

Chief
Kevin McDonald

Deputy Chiefs
Dave Haney
Ken Haney

# of Volunteers
15

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

  • 3 Bay Hall
  • Pumper
  • Tanker
  • Light Rescue
  • Wildland/Rescue
  • Kubota Side-by-Side (Wildland)
  • Utility Trailer

Interested in joining Dewberry Fire? Check out our recruitment section above!

Islay Fire

County of Vermilion River

DEPARTMENT INFO

Chief
George Steiner

Deputy Chiefs
Grant Roberts
Cam Stevenson

# of Volunteers
11

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

  • 2 Bay Hall (shared with Public Safety)
  • Pumper
  • Wildland

Interested in joining Islay Fire? Check out our recruitment section above!

Kitscoty Fire & Rescue

Village of Kitscoty

DEPARTMENT INFO

Chief
Daryl Jakubec

Deputy Chief
Neil Zack

# of Volunteers
25

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

County Owned

  • Pumper
  • Tanker

Village Owned

  • 5 Bay Hall
  • Pumper
  • Rescue
  • Medical Response

Interested in joining Kitscoty Fire? Check out our recruitment section above or email kitscotyfd@hotmail.com.

Marwayne Fire & Rescue

Village of Marwayne

DEPARTMENT INFO

Chief
Ron Miskie

Deputy Chief
Morgan Wood

# of Volunteers
16

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

County Owned

  • Pumper
  • Tanker ***Coming Soon***

Village Owned

  • 4 Bay Hall
  • Pumper
  • Rescue
  • Rapid Response
  • Command Truck

Interested in joining Marwayne Fire? Check out our recruitment section above or contact the Village of Marwayne at 780-847-3962.

Paradise Valley Fire & Rescue

Village of Paradise Valley

DEPARTMENT INFO

Chief
Nicholas Dobson

Deputy Chief
Lyndon Davies

# of Volunteers
27

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

County Owned

  • Pumper
  • Tanker

Fire Department Owned

  • Pumper
  • Light Rescue
  • Medical Response
  • Rapid Response

Interested in joining Paradise Valley Fire? Check out our recruitment section above or contact the Village of Paradise Valley at 780-745-2287.

Vermilion Fire Department

Town of Vermilion

DEPARTMENT INFO

Chief
Anton Krys

Deputy Chief
Tom Hartwell

# of Volunteers
26

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

County Owned

  • Pumper
  • Tanker
  • Wildland

Town Owned

  • 7 Bay Hall
  • Command Truck
  • Pumper
  • Ladder Truck
  • Rescue Unit
  • Inflatable Boat for Water Rescue
  • Enclosed Rescue Trailer
  • Side-by-Side
  • Drone

Interested in joining Vermilion Fire & Rescue? Check out our recruitment section above or contact the Town of Vermilion at 780-853-5358.

Chiefs & Senior Officers - June 2022