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Lac La Biche County Fire Rescue responds to emergency incidents like structure fires and motor vehicle collisions. Paid-on-call firefighters operate in five districts, with halls located in Hylo, Lac La Biche, Owl River, Plamondon and Rich Lake. On the administrative side, staff members oversee firefighter operations, including recruitment, public education and equipment management.
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New recruits are always welcome. Members are paid for training, responding to calls and other duties as assigned. E-mail us or call (780) 623-6774 during office hours to apply or for more information on joining Fire Rescue. Join a well-known and well-respected organization that gives back to the community!
The Fire Services department regulates burn permits during fire season and manages FireSmart projects in the community (see below). The department's supervisor is also responsible for the official Community Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). Elements of the CEMP were used during the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016, when the Bold Center was used as a reception centre for evacuees. Click here to read public information about the CEMP.
Burn Permits and Fire Season
To protect the community and the environment, permits are required all burning besides campfires from March 1 to October 31. Permits are free but site inspections are required and permits may be conditional, to ensure safety.
How can I obtain a burn permit?
Residents must apply to either the County or Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, depending on which area of the municipality they live in. Click here to view a map of the permitting zones. Call (780) 623-6767 to inquire about permits from the County, and call (780) 623-5388 for permits from the Province.
Fire bans and other restrictions may be implemented during fire season. When a fire ban is announced, burn permits are suspended and all types of burning are prohibited, including campfires. Typically, the County and Alberta Agriculture & Forestry will have similar restrictions in the areas they monitor. Click here for information on provincial restrictions.
Any burning that is done outside of fire season should still be reported so the authorities know where to expect smoke. This reduces the number of false alarms to which firefighters respond.
FireSmart Initiatives and Emergency Planning
As a large municipality with many rural subdivisions, the County takes steps to reduce the risk of wildfire in the region. The County has a Wildland-Urban Interface Plan that analyzes threat levels and identifies areas of concern.
Lac La Biche County Fire Rescue offers free FireSmart assessments for local residents. Trained firefighters will inspect properties and recommend ways to reduce the danger of a wildfire starting and spreading. Please call (780) 623-6774 for more information. Recognizing that forested wilderness is all around us, the County also organizes information sessions and open houses to teach community members about the importance of FireSmart and fire prevention.
Free Emergency Response Action Plan templates and on-site fire safety consultations are available upon request for businesses and commercial properties in the County.
At the municipal level, essential County employees have received training in basic emergency management and the Incident Command System (ICS). The County has also entered into Mutual Aid agreements with neighbouring jurisdictions, who can assist each other in emergencies when called upon.