October 24, 2022 @ 2:20 pm Update Ministik Bird Sanctuary Fire- the fire is under control. As a result of Alberta Wildfire crew efforts and the change in the weather, the area ( estimated at 43 hectares) is now reduced to smouldering. The Alberta Wildfire crews have established a perimeter around the area and have left the scene. Tofield Fire will continue to monitor the situation.

October 20, 2022 @ 2:15 pm. The fire has increased to 20 hectares and is still contained. Alberta Wildfire is deploying additional resources.

October 20, 2022 @ 8:30 am Update Ministik Bird Sanctuary Fire. Despite wind gusts in the area this morning, the fire is contained. Both Tofield Fire and Strathcona fire were on scene early this morning. Alberta Wildfire Crews continue to fight the fire.


October 19, 2022 There is currently a fire burning in the Ministik BIrd Sanctuary on the west end of Beaver County.

The estimated size of the fire is 10 hectares. Alberta Wildfire crews are on scene and the fire is under control.

Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteer Firefighters

Firefighters Needed!

Your local firefighters are members of your community, they are your friends, family, and neighbors. No matter when you call, they are ready to answer that call to assist in your community.

Past members are retiring or moving on and there is a serious decline in fire personnel to be there for you when needed.

So your community needs your help.

Who can apply to be a firefighter? You!!

If you want to learn new skills and try something different then we welcome you to apply to join our family of dedicated local community members.

What you can expect from us.

We offer in house and region wide training along with the East Central Training Group. This group coordinates with 5 Counties, and 2 Municipal Districts to allow our volunteers the opportunity to participate in training that fits in to their life plans.

Volunteers have the opportunity to achieve their Professional Firefighting 1001 accreditation as well as specialty training like livestock extrication and ice water rescue.

An entry level volunteer Fire Fighter-Probationer, working under the supervision of Officers, is required to:

  • work as part of a professional team,
  • operate and maintain firefighting apparatus and equipment,
  • maintain fire stations;
  • combat fires;
  • perform rescue work;
  • emergency medical;
  • inspect properties and equipment for fire hazards,
  • and participate in public education programs.

Candidates must have a strong desire to serve the community, a strong work ethic, and a strong sense of loyalty and duty.

BESC Volunteer Firefighters

"Serving with P.R.I.D.E."

Professional in our approach:

  • Maintain equipment, facilities, and personal appearance.
  • Display unquestionable ethics with integrity and honesty.
  • Promote teamwork and safety.

Ready to respond:

  • Provide quality emergency response.
  • Maintain preparedness through continuous training.
  • Exhibit physical and mental wellness.

Innovative and adaptive:

  • Provide special team services.
  • Receptive to change and experimentation.
  • View challenges as opportunities.

Dedicated to the community:

  • Provide quality customer service and care.
  • Minimize casualties and property loss.
  • Participate in the community in non-emergency events.

Empowered to make a difference:

  • Exhibit knowledge of the commission, Fire Stations and Communities.
  • Present sound reasoning and a positive attitude.
  • Promote the vision of a quality community.

For more information and applications: (These are the station phone numbers - they are only answered when personnel are in the station. Call the BESC Office if the station does not answer. 780-336-3041)

Station #1 Tofield: Fire Chief Kevin Moos - 780 699-9776

Station # 2 Ryley: Fire Chief Terry Magneson - 780 663-3606

Station # 3 Holden: Fire Chief Blair Ewasiuk - 780 688-3877

Station # 4 Bruce: Fire Chief Rob Roulston - 780 688-3738

Station # 5 Viking: Fire Chief Kevin Fornal - 780 336-3387

Station # 6 Kinsella: Fire Chief Kelly Overbo - 780 336-5518

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