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Here at Drumheller, we value your safety. In times of crises related to fires, our dedicated Fire Department is at your service.

Life-threatening fires are something that we want to avoid at all costs.

These incidents could lead to the destruction of property and endanger not only ourselves but also the people we love and other members of our community.

The Drumheller Fire Department is an institution mandated to prevent, extinguish, and investigate the causes of fire.

These are coupled with the tasks of providing rescue and preserving life and property from damage by fire.

The Department is a voluntary organization consisting of approximately 50 members operating from three fire halls (Drumheller, Rosedale and East Coulee).

The Department has a Fire Chief, 2 Deputy Chiefs and 2 District Chiefs (one in Rosedale and one in East Coulee), and 3 Captains.

One Deputy Chief is appointed as the Training Officer and the other as the Fire Prevention Officer.

To realize its goals, the Fire Prevention Officer coordinates fire prevention programs with the local schools and, during fire prevention week, the very successful Residential Smoke Detector Program.

In addition to this, fire awareness classes are provided for baby-sitting courses.

The investigation of fires is also performed by the fire department and, as required by the Provincial Fire Commissioners’ Office (FCO), reports are sent in to the FCO and filed within the department.

In the event of a fire suspected to be arson or other criminal activity, we call in the Provincial Fire Investigator out of Red Deer to assist in the investigation.

The Department is dispatched via calling 911.

 

FIRE PERMITS

Another means through which the Fire Department is able to prevent fires is through the issuance of fire permits.

Under by-law 04-07, Fire permits ensure that open fires cannot be held without permission in land owned or occupied to avoid creating a hazard to the general public.

With this, persons issued fire permits must have a competent person at all times responsible for the fire.

Nevertheless, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and stationary barbeques that burn combustible materials do not require fire permits provided they follow 5 key criteria:

  • The use of clean fuel only. This means that refuse or waste matter shall not be burned;
  • Smoke and/ or sparks caused by the open fire must not be a nuisance or hazard to neighbors or other properties;
  • Installations shall have a surface area not exceeding 634 square inches, enclosed sides not exceeding 18 inches above ground level that shall be constructed of non-combustible components as approved by the authority having jurisdiction;
  • A screening material to contain sparks shall be provided over the fire at all times, and;
  • 10-foot clearance from buildings, property lines, and combustible materials or as approved by the authority having jurisdiction.

Fire permits are also not required for portable barbecues operated by Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), compressed briquettes or charcoal.

However, this is only if they are used on the property of the resident or in a public location approved by the authority having jurisdiction.

To apply for a fire permit, kindly visit Town Hall or inquire through (403) 823-6300.

 

Knowing about our Fire Service is an important part of keeping our Town safe and secure.

For additional inquiries regarding our Fire Department, please consult our Fire By-laws or contact the number above mentioned. 

ambulanceresponse

You can count on us during an emergency. 

Throughout the year, we do our best to promote our community’s general welfare.

Nevertheless, unforeseen circumstances are always a possibility that we must be prepared for.

In these cases, we are proud to say that we are intimately coordinated with other government agencies to ensure your safety and care in times of need.

Alberta Health's Emergency Medical Services provides ambulance services to Drumheller 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With these ambulance services come a variety of strategies to ensure that you urgent medical needs are attended to.

These include advance life support care, inter-facility transfers, and community event stand-bys.

All made possible by their dedicated Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Emergency Medical Technologist – Paramedics (EMT-Ps).

In case of a health care emergency, kindly call 911.

For further information, please visit their website.

disasterservices

When a natural disaster strikes, we are an organization that you can count on.

Throughout the years, our great valley has seen its fair share of challenges from nature.

Worry not, however, because we always do our best to respond to and manage disasters and major emergencies.

Such emergencies can include floods, storms, hazardous and dangerous goods spills, fires, and explosions. 

Disaster Services consists of 3 levels:

  • The Town of Drumheller Disaster Services Agency is responsible for the planning, training and management of disaster services. 
  • The Director of Disaster Services and his 3 Deputies are responsible for the implementation of the Town’s Municipal Emergency Plan.
  • Town Council’s Disaster Services Committee oversees the Agency and provides recommendations to Council on budget and policy issues.

In addition, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency is responsible for disaster planning at the Provincial level.

It helps municipalities, industry and First Nations communities prepare for emergencies or disasters by developing their own plans, and maintaining standards for disaster services training.

The agency also administers the disaster services training grant and disaster recovery programs.

 

Disaster Precautions

Nevertheless, if an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you.

It would be advisable for you to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

Learn how quick and easy it is to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.

You can use the following documents to guide you in creating your own emergency plan:

• 72-hour Guide ( English , French , Persons with Disabilities , and Shopping List );
Flooding Plan ;
Power Outage Plan , and;
Severe Storm Plan .

Want to know more? Check out our emergency services FAQs.


Post-flood Precautions

In the event of floods, being able to effectively deal with the aftermath is an essential part of ensuring our safety.

In this scenario, the following documents can assist you in avoiding further untoward incidents.

Cleaning the House After a Flood ;
Moldy Homes and Buildings ;
Food Safety in an Emergency ;
Shock Chlorination Procedure for Personal Water Wells ;
Flooding and Water Wells ;
Cistern Cleaning , and;
Emergency Water Storage .

 

With these measures in mind, we are always actively engaged with the challenge of formulating sustainable plans to combat untoward incidents during disasters.

Whether it be in terms of infrastructural adjustments or efficient emergency response, you can rest well with the fact that we will have your safety and welfare in mind.

emergencyservices

We take pride in being able to address your most urgent needs. In times of emergencies, we strive to be ready, proactive and reliable.

Being aware of Town services in times of medical crisis or natural disasters takes you one step closer to becoming a responsible member of our community.

Having information about our emergency services could be the key to saving yours or the life of your loved one.

This section aims to explore the emergency services that the Town provides in coordination with other governmental agencies.

This covers the following areas: 

These three segments of our emergency strategy work in a calculated system that aspires to secure your safety in critical times of need.

Throughout these scenarios, we consistently and effectively work with other agencies such as the RCMP to further promote your welfare. 

When crises head your way, you can rely on us to do our best to do what must be done to promote your security.