Beaver Emergency Services Commission
On April 11 and 12, A.E.M.A. (Alberta Emergency Management Association) Field Officer for East Central Alberta, John Lamb, along with Rob Morton, Field Officer for South Central Region instructed ICS 100/200 training at the Beaver Emergency Services Commission office in Viking.
The Incident Command System is a management system built on best practices in the organization and management of emergency incidents.
ICS is becoming the standard command and control structure for emergency management across Canada and internationally.
ICS 100 introduces the basics of the Incident Command System. Participants will be better prepared to function within an ICS environment.
ICS 200 was designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the ICS. This course focuses on the management of single resources and provides training for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.
On Sunday April 10, 2016 the Ryley Volunteer Fire Department, BESC Station #2 received a Certificate of Excellence as” Volunteer Organization of the Year” in the Village of Ryley.
The Volunteer Organization recipients were selected by community members votes.
The award was presented to District Fire Chief Julie Fraser by the Ryley Economic Development Society (R.E.D.S.) Chair Jon Brindza, and Village of Ryley Mayor Lavonne Svenson and Village Councillor Peter Presley.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chief Julie Fraser or the BESC offices.
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and grass fires
Alberta’s Wildfire Season is starting on March 1. The Office of the Fire Commissioner, municipalities and fire departments across Alberta, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and Alberta FireSmart are all working to help raise awareness about wildfire - Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and grass fires.
During the 2015 fire season the Alberta government responded to 1,786 wildfires that burned more than 492,000 hectares, more than twice the 25-year average.
Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. You can do your part:
- Dispose of debris and lawn clippings quickly to reduce fuel for fire. Don’t let them linger.
- Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.
- Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
- Remove flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
- Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground. Wildfire can spread to tree tops.
If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE(3473)