Beaver Emergency Services Commission
New Fire Permit Conditions for Burning Un-harvested Crops
Due to the large quantity of un-harvested crops remaining in fields, to minimize the possibliity of wildfire the Beaver Emergency Services Commission has added new conditions to fire permits.
Before you decide to burn, please review your options. This Alberta Agriculture information offers some good tips.
The new conditions are outlined in Policy 2(A) - Stubble Burning and require the following:
- Written confirmation of liability insurance for burning.
- Minimum 50 foot cultivated fire guard around burn area.
- Two adults to be in attendance at all times during the burn.
- Maximum of 40 acres burned at one time.
- Tractors and field implements at the field during the burn.
- Winds must be under 10km/hr during the burn.
- Smoke from burn cannot create a public hazard.
- If burning within 1/2 mile of a Provincial highway, smoke hazard signs must be posted.
- BESC must be notified by phone at least one hour prior to burning - (1-866-663-3730)
The permitee is total responsible for the safe control of any authorized burning.
For more information, please contact BESC at 1-866-663-3730.
The Beaver Emergency Services Commission (BESC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mike Hoffman as the new Regional Emergency Manager
Following a number of recent changes designed to continue moving the BESC forward and set the Commission up as a model and leader for regional emergency standards and service delivery, and on behalf of the Commission Board of Directors, we are happy to announce Mr. Mike Hoffman as the new Regional Emergency Manager. Mr. Hoffman will officially begin in the role on December 1st, and he looks forward to meeting both new and familiar faces as he works together with the Board of Directors, the Fire Chiefs and their volunteer teams, Emergency Services Personnel throughout the region, as well as the administrative staff at BESC.
We have been fortunate to have had the assistance and direction of Mr. Al Harvey over the past year to guide us through day-to-day operations and strategy implementation including the recommendations from the recent ERMC Risk and Organizational Report. Mr. Hoffman looks forward to continuing the momentum that has been achieved.
As a long serving and active volunteer, Mr. Hoffman spent much of his life and career in the Beaver County area, and he brings a diverse background and set of experiences to this newly rebranded role. Having spent more than 30 years as a volunteer firefighter, while working concurrently in a leadership capacity with MacEwan University, Mr. Hoffman brings first-hand experience and knowledge to the functional areas of emergency response including training and facilitation, program development and implementation, and understanding safety codes. He served with the Viking Fire & Rescue Department beginning in the early 1980’s, and was promoted in 2008 to the Volunteer Fire & Rescue Chief for his final five years. Mr. Hoffman then pursued another opportunity with the Heart & Stroke Foundation where he spearheaded both provincial and national programs. In this role, he continued to hone his leadership, budgeting, and overall administrative skills, while working with a diverse client base which included local, provincial, and federal governments, various provincial agencies across Canada, elected officials, and the general public.
Mr. Hoffman has crafted a successful and long standing career in many different roles within emergency management. The Board is confident that he brings the right mix of experience, leadership, temperament, and a familiarity with the region which will be a valuable asset to the BESC moving forward.
Mr. Hoffman is excited to relocate back to Beaver County and begin working with all the key stakeholders in the region to make the BESC the gold standard in regional emergency services and delivery and increase the profile of the organization. On behalf of the BESC, please join us in welcoming Mike Hoffman.
Board Chairman Kevin Smook
While burning may be the simplest way to clean up a site. you may be breaking the law. Open burning, in a barrel or not, can release pollutants, reduce visibility, create unpleasant odors and cause toxic contamination. With this in mind, burning can still be an effective way to clean some of the debris from your yard, farm or work site. However, you should keep in mind that under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, burning certain materials is illegal.
What You Can Burn
Burnable debris includes:
- Brush and fallen trees
- Used power and telephone poles that do not contain preservatives
- Wood or wood products not containing preservatives
- Solid waste from tree harvesting
- Straw, stubble, grass, weeds, leaves and tree prunings
- Solid waste from post and pole operations that does not contain wood preservatives
What You Can’t Burn
Prohibited debris includes:
- Animal manure
- Pathological waste (waste from human health centres)
- Wood or wood products containing wood preservatives
- Waste materials from construction sites
- Rubber, including tires
- Plastic, including baler twine
- Containers that held pesticides, or any other chemicals
- Plastic or rubber-coated materials, including copper wire
Remember to Recycle
- Many items that you may consider burning can be recycled.
- Plastic, paper, cardboard and metal materials, used oil, tires and beverage containers along with many other items are recycled in Alberta. Call the Recycle Info Line at 1-800-463-8320 for local information.
- It’s often more effective to chip and compost yard waste. Composting reduces household waste by up to 30 per cent.