May 22, 2018
Brazeau County Enews
May-June 2018 (2017 Annual Report)

Fire Services

The Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services is a composite fire department made up of primarily volunteer staff of roughly sixty members and six full time staff. We respond from three stations; Lodgepole, Breton, and Drayton Valley. Brazeau County cost shares fire services protection with the Town of Drayton Valley for the station located in Drayton Valley. In 2017, the department responded to a total of 327 calls for service which included 157 calls for the Town of Drayton Valley and 170 calls for Brazeau County.

Engine # 5 is a new addition to the Drayton Valley/Brazeau Fire Services this year and is replacing a 1994 Volvo Engine. Engine 5 is a custom built rescue pumper on a Spartan Gladiator Chassis which is capable of pumping 1250 (IGPM) for structural and industrial firefighting operations, this unit also carries rescue tools for motor vehicle collisions (MVC). The 565 X15 Cummins diesel engine powers the 35’ long unit which has a seating capacity for five firefighters, carries 800 imperial gallons of water, has duel foam capability and all the required firefighting and rescue equipment.

Kids Fire Fighting Camp has been running since 2013 in Drayton Valley and Breton. This camp is very popular as it sells out in 20 minutes and has a waiting list each year. With the support of both Town and County and our fire services members we are now able to enroll 60 children from our community to participate in the camp.

Frank Maddock High School Fire Fighter Program is a three-credit program that is offered to grades 11 and 12 at the high school. Students learn basic firefighting concepts like, fire behaviour including search and rescue, fire communication, water application for fire control, vehicle driving and vehicle extrication. This program began in 2010 not only to offer students the opportunity to challenge themselves in a fast pace environment but additionally assist them with potential future careers in the fire services. Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Service has seen a number of students from this program enlist with the department and some of these students are currently active members.

Mary Poppins Chimney Sweep Program has been running since 2011. With the help of our corporate partner Leduc Chimney Sweep, we are able to offer a discounted rate to the members of our community for this service which we average about 25-30 registrations for cleaning each year. This has been a huge success assisting to reduce our annual chimney fire calls. To book your spot for October 2018 please contact 780-514-2216 or fireadmin@draytonvalley.ca. 

Brazeau County Box 77, 7401 Twp Rd 494 Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1R1