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Wembley Fire Department


The Wembley Fire Department is a dedicated Professional Volunteer Fire Department that operates as a division of the Town of Wembley.

The Wembley Fire Department under service contract provides Fire, Rescue, and Medical First Response to the County Of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service and is the Primary Emergency Response Agency for the Town Of Wembley. The Fire Service contract renewed in 2022 with the County of Grande Prairie now includes administrative services provided by the County Regional Fire Services Management Team inclusive of two administrative staff, one Fire Chief, two Deputy Chiefs (Operations) and (Training and Logistics) and Two District Chiefs (stationed out of Wembley and Sexsmith) and the Fire Marshall who looks after investigations, inspections, code compliance, fire prevention and education. 

Our Department holds a high standard with support from our Mayor and Council with the goal of providing our citizens and neighbours the highest quality of Emergency Response Services possible. The Wembley Fire Department houses a roster of approximately 25 Volunteer Firefighters, 2 Lieutenants, 2 Platoon Captains, and a designated Training Officer. The Town staffs one Full-Time Firefighter to manage daily operations Monday to Friday and During the Fire Season we staff additional Firefighters under contract to assist in annual testing, maintenance, training, and day-time incident responses.   

   

The Wembley Fire Department in partnership with the County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service trains all new members to the NFPA 1001 Level 2 though the Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioners Public Safety Division, We are fortunate to have multiple certified NFPA 1041 Instructors in-house and a training facility to keep up on our skills. In addition to recruit training our members meet every Thursday night for 3 hours to train on specific topics and to ensure we display competence in our skills annually.  

Have you ever wondered why when you call 911 for a ambulance the Fire Department shows up? The Wembley Fire Department noticed that due to the communities unique location between the City of Grande Prairie and Town Of Beaverlodge response for a ambulance can be delayed. The Fire Department is set up with Alberta Health Services as a Full Medical Co-Response Agency meaning we will respond to any medical emergency in our district no matter the severity. 

If its not fires, or medical emergencies you have likely seen us out on Highway 43 the twined provincial highway that runs in the middle of our jurisdiction. We are fortunate to have several members with advanced training in vehicle extrication and stabilization. this accompanied with 1 heavy rescue truck, and 1 engine both with full sets of hydraulic rescue tools "The Jaws of Life" We are prepared to best serve not only those who live here but those who visit, work, or are travelling though the area.   


Many of you have most likely heard the large roof mounted siren at the Fire Hall sound from time to time.......sorry about waking you up in the middle of the night. This siren is set off when the responding officer believes the Incident at hand can pose an imminent danger in the community. such events are a confirmed structure fire, gas leak, or environmental emergency. We limit testing of this siren to about 4 times a year, when we plan to test it we will update on our Facebook page the date and time.  
 
We are always happy to offer station tours, and educational materials to families, businesses, and schools at your request. feel free to stop by the hall anytime! if we are not here contact numbers are posted on the main entrance of the hall.
 
Please check out https://www.facebook.com/wembleyfiredepartment to see what we are up to.

Noted below are links to our current recruitment, right click and open the link. 

Paid Responder Firefighters and Rural Medical Responders in Sexsmith, Teepee Creek, LaGlace, Bezanson, Wembley and Hythe - Sexsmith, AB - County of Grande Prairie Jobs (prevueaps.ca)


Recruitment - Paid Responders - County of Grande Prairie No.1 (countygp.ab.ca)


For information regarding the Fire Department please contact the District Fire Chief Matt Smith masmith@countygp.ab.ca


Todays fire rating is Very-High Very-High


By Kelly Burke, Oct 20, 2022 3:17:16 PM

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The wildfire danger is now VERY

HIGH for the Grande Prairie Forest

Area


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 Wildfire Situation | October 20,

2022 - 3:30 p.m.

Dry and windy weather has increased the wildfire danger to very high, when the fire danger is very high fires can start and spread rapidly. Since January 1, 2022 there have been 79  wildfires burning over 105 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. At this time, 77 of these fires have been extinguished and two are listed as under control. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.

Wildfire smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia, N.W.T and northern Alberta will continue to drift into the Grande Prairie Forest Area in the coming days.  For an accurate forecast of wildfire smoke, go to FIRESMOKE CANADA for hourly ground-level concentration of smoke particles from wildfires.

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A FIRE ADVISORY is in effect for the Grande Prairie Forest Area. 

  

Due to current and forecasted weather conditions, all fire permits are suspended with the exception of current burn barrel, incinerators, smudges and smoke house permits. New fire permits will not be issued until conditions improve. Essential burning will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

  

Prohibited: 

• Without a valid fire permit, any burning other than a campfire is prohibited 

  

Allowed: 

• Safe wood campfires *

• Backyard fire pits

• Portable propane fire pits

• Gas or propane stoves and barbecues

• Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring. They are required to: 

a)  be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire; 

b)  have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving; 

c)  have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land campgrounds and private land recreation areas; and 

d)  Municipalities, Parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements. 

  

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE. 

 

 

 

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Assistance from the public plays a vital role in detecting wildfires. Calling 310-FIRE is quick and easy and is available toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you see a wildfire or suspicious smoke, make the call. The 310-FIRE line was created as way for the public to report wildfires in the forested areas. If you see fire threatening a community, call 911 immediately.

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Alberta Wildfire is hiring

We’re looking for hard-working and dedicated people to join our team in a variety of roles for the 2023 wildfire season. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2Y9aZ26

 

Fire Permits

Before you burn it, get a fire permit. Until October 31st, fire permits are required for any type of burning in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) . The only exception is for a cooking or warming campfire. Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements.
Albertans living or working in the Forest Protection Area of the province can request a free fire permit by contacting your local forestry office or using the new, convenient online Fire Permit Portal. 

County West / Grovedale - (780) 814-1648
Spirit River - (780) 814-1983
Valleyview - (780) 524-6576

 

Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 832 7235

kelly.burke@gov.ab.ca

 

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