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Current Fire Ban Status - Fire Advisory

Beaver Emergency Services Commission has implemented a Fire Advisory within Beaver County, effective immediately, Monday May 14, 2018. The fire advisory only allows for recreational fires in fire pits, approved pits within recognized campgrounds and parks, propane and natural gas appliances. No other fires are permitted until further notice. Fire Permits are SUSPENDED until the advisory is lifted.

https://albertafirebans.ca/

Alberta Fire Ban Mobile Application

THE BRAND NEW ALBERTA FIRE BANS MOBILE APPLICATION!

Available for iOS and Android, the Alberta Fire Bans application is intended to provide the public with quick access for fire bans in the province. Keeping people informed of fire bans across the province will help people plan their summer activities safely, whether in their backyards or in Alberta’s parks and natural areas, while reducing the risk of wildfire. I encourage you all to download the app and make yourself aware of its features and benefits as we begin to roll it out for this current wildfire season.Please note: as a part of the government’s open data portal, there is currently another Alberta fire bans application available to download. We cannot ensure the data within that third party application is completely accurate, so please begin using the application owned by the Government of Alberta (the one with the orange icon – attached).

About Beaver Emergency Services

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Welcome to Beaver Emergency Services Commission

The Beaver Emergency Services Commission is a regional partnership between the towns of Tofield, Viking, villages of Holden, Ryley and Beaver County, Alberta for set up for the administration and delivery of fire and emergency management services. Commission headquarters are located in Viking, Alberta in the lower level of the Town Office.

The Beaver Emergency Services Commission manages the administration and oversees operations of volunteer fire departments in each of the towns of Tofield and Viking, the villages of Ryley and Holden, and the hamlets of Bruce and Kinsella. Fire Department operations in each of the towns and villages are managed by a District Fire Chief and many dedicated volunteer firefighters.

This month the Office of the Fire Commissioner is focused on Camping and Outdoor Fire Safety, reminding Albertans the importance of fire safety when camping and heading outdoors. We are also encouraging you keep your camping and outdoor adventures fire safe. To help share this information, we’ve developed the following public education resources:

Thank you for your help in sharing this information.

Next month, we’ll focus on Summer Heat. I look forward to sending more information as it becomes available.

Wireless Public Alerting

AlertReady.ca

A federal emergency alert system to complement Alberta Emergency Alert

What is Wireless Public Alerting?

The 9-1-1 system at Strathcona County Emergency Communications Centre is being upgraded.  There are no changes to the 9-1-1 number and emergency calls will continue to be handled seamlessly. 

However the long-dial “Alarm Line” number (780-449-6707) that alarm monitoring companies use to contact our centre is changing. 

310-FIRE

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:

no burningFire Permits for open burning are now required year round, from January 1st to December 31st. At the December 5, 2013 meeting of the Beaver Emergency Services Commission, Bylaw No. 4-2013 was passed which brought in the changes for fire permits. For more information on fire permits please review the information on the BESC website or contact the Beaver Emergency Services office at 780-336-3041.

Fire permits are available by filling out an application online on the BESC website at www.besc.ca or from the following Fire Guardians:

Volunteers Needed!

We need you! Through unwavering vigilance, rigorous training and unquestionable dedication, the Volunteer Firefighters of BESC work to serve and ensure the safety of every person in the county.

Local Links

www.vbfcss.com Viking Family Community Support Services

www.fcss-trbc.com Tofield Family Community Support Services

Viking Medical Clinic - Kalyna County Primary Care Network

Safety Links

Safety Tips - Alberta Fire Commissioner

Fire Protection - NFPA

Fire Safety - Alberta Emergency Management

Senior Safety - Finding Balance Campaign

 

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