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County of St. Paul Fire Departments, Emergency Services & Safety

Keeping our communities safe and secure is one of our top priorities at the County of St. Paul. You can find information on County of St. Paul Fire Departments, emergency services and safety on this page.
How and When to Contact the St. Paul RCMP Detachment

 

County under a Fire Restriction

Effective Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Until such time that significant moisture is received, the Fire Restriction reads as follows:

1. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and other areas only with approved pits. Pits should be constructed of non-combustible material, and a spark arrester or metal guard should be in place while in use.
2. No open fires are allowed within the County. I.e. brush piles, grass, fields.
3. No new burn permits will be issued.

We ask everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly, and to ensure their campfires are attended to at all times and completely extinguished when finished.

If you have any questions, you may direct enquiries to the County of St. Paul at 780-645-3301 or St. Paul Fire Services at 780-645-4100.

Issued by Trevor Kotowich, Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief

 

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The County of St. Paul is supported by the Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority who is proud to offer members of the Deaf, Deafened, Hard of Hearing and Speech Impaired (DHHSI) Community for a new text with 9-1-1 service.  This service provides easier access for DHHSI community members to communicate with emergency services.
View
the media release for more information.

Wildfire Prevention Tips
With the snow wildfires are probably the last thing on your mind, but you can still reduce the threat of wildfire for the coming winter and spring.
Source: Farm and Acreage - A Guide to Reducing the Risk of From Wildfire
(Alberta Government, FireSmart)

Learn how you can protect your home
and property from wildfires.

Download the FireSmart App
How safe is your home and property from wildfires
Prune Tree Branches
Trim Branches that are over the roof
Move patio furniture
Clean the gutters
Move materials away from stationary propane tanks
Space evergreen trees
Clear the ground around your home
Mow grass and weeds
Clear fence lines

FireSmart Begins at Home Manual

 

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

We would encourage to residents to sign up for Alberta Emergency Alert.  Community emergency information will be provided through this system.

Firefighting

Our communities are protected by dedicated teams of volunteer firefighters.

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Become a Volunteer Firefighter

Each department has weekly volunteer practice nights that any newcomer interested in volunteering is welcome to join. For more information on contact location and more, please see the regional fire departments listing below.

Fire/Burn Permits

As of July 6, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. the County of St. Paul is under a Fire Restriction (see top of page). 
No new Fire/Burn Permits will be issued at this time.  

Fire/Burn Permits are REQUIRED on a YEAR ROUND BASIS for all types of Open Burning. Fire/Burn permits are issued for 10 days at a time.
Fire/Burn Permits can be obtained from the County Administration Office.  

The County Administration Office is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.  Closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch, and on all Statutory Holidays

Fire/Burn Permits are not issued from this office on weekends or Statutory Holidays.  Please plan ahead. 
The County issued 583 Fire Permits in 2020.

Here are 4 important things to know to help control the risk of fires getting out of control.

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The County of St. Paul would like to stress that landowners who are issued Fire Permits, must contact the Bonnyville 911 Dispatch Service prior to igniting their fire at 780-826-7446.

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All approved fires by Permit are subject to Provincial or local Fire Bans, declared upon the threat of a fire hazard to the citizens or property within the boundaries of the County of St. Paul.

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Fires must be attended at all times and should be completely extinguished before they are left unattended. County residents with burn barrels are reminded that they can be a problem in spring conditions and a spark-arresting screen must be in place.

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Any brush piles that were ignited over the winter, should be checked to ensure that they are completely extinguished and that there is no danger of a ground fire starting.

Regional Fire Departments

The St. Paul Fire Department presented the annual 'Firefighter of the Year' Award to Deputy Fire Chief Henry Thomson on February 16, 2021 via Lakeland Connect.


In 2020 the Fire Departments responded to the the following:
Ashmont Fire Department:  55 Fire Calls
Elk Point Fire Department:  119 Call out (13 fires/ 16 Motor Vehicle accidents/ 12 medical assists/ 9 alarms/ 5 mutual aids)
Mallaig Fire Department:  The Department responded to 21 calls in 2020. 
2020 was the Department's 40th Anniversary of providing service to the community.

For specific information and contact for each regional fire department please see the list below.

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Ashmont Fire Department

Fire Chief:
James Preston
780-210-5161

Deputy Fire Chief:
Wendell Baerg
780-614-5791

Address:
59413 RR 113
Ashmont, AB  T0A 0C0

Please join us at our volunteer practice on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

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Elk Point Fire Department

Fire Chief:
Kent Bernard
306-951-0241

Deputy Fire Chief:
Matt Utri
1-205-263-4660

Address:
7 Railway Ave.
Elk Point, AB  T0A 1A0

Please join us at our weekly volunteer practice night on Monday's at 7:00 pm.

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St. Paul Fire Department

Fire Chief:
Trevor Kotowich
780-645-4100

Deputy Fire Chief:
Henry Thomson
780-645-4100

Address:
5101 50 St.
St. Paul, AB  T0A 3A1

Volunteer practice happens every Friday night.

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Mallaig Fire Department

Fire Chief:
Raymond Brosseau
780-614-0772

Address:
Mallaig, AB

Please join us at our volunteer practice on every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Fire Call Fees: Changes made at the May 14, 2021 Special Council Meeting. See the Fee Schedule for additional information

Personal Property Insurance and Fire Coverage  The County of St. Paul occasionally receives requests from residents to have Fire Call Invoices reduced, resulting from fire incidents on their property.  The County does consider all circumstances regarding these requests.  Residents, however, should check their insurance policies regarding fire coverage. 

The rates the County charges to residents for Fire Calls are as per the Alberta Transportation Fee Schedule and the County's Bylaw 2021.08 (see below). 

It is now Wildfire Season and all indications are that the spring and summer will be dry.  Please ensure that your property has proper insurance coverage. 

Type of Fire Call Fees
False Alarm1st Response
2nd Response
3rd Response
4th Response and Subsequent Response
No Charge
$100
$200

$300
Resets every calendar year
Fire Call for County Resident First 2 hours on scene

Over 2 hours on scene
No Charge

Charged at 50% of Alberta Transportation Rates per hour per piece of equipment. Maximum bill to be $5,000
Fire Call for County Resident Open Burning (no permit) or
Burning during a Fire Restriction or Fire Ban
1 hours minimum ($630) plus any additional time spent changed as per Alberta Transportation Rate Fee Schedule, per piece of equipment on scene.

Charged from the time fire equipment leave the hall until equipment is back in service.

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Please use the following resources to prepare your family in case of an emergency. When an emergency occurs, family members may not be together and could be at school, home or work. It’s important to sit down with your family and make your own emergency plan so that each family member knows what to do if an emergency occurs.

The Office of Emergency Management for the Region of St. Paul is now under Fire Services Authority.

REMA Facebook Page

What to do in an Emergency

How to Build a 72 Hour Emergency Kit

Prepare and Emergency Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

If you have an Fire related question we invite you to contact the County of St. Paul using the contact information found on this page.

Contact Information

TIM MAHDIUK, Director, Community Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-645-3001 ext. 1204

Address:
5015 - 49 Avenue
St. Paul, AB  T0A 3A4

Regular Hours: 
8:30am - 4:30pm
Closed for lunch from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Closed all Statutory Holidays


Bylaw Enforcement Officer 

TAMMY GODDU, Bylaw Enforcement Officer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-201-6777