Fire Protection in the MD
If you have an emergency, call 911.
MD of Foothills Fire Department administration
T: 403-603-3571 | F: 403-254-3145
Fire Protection in the Municipal District of Foothills is comprised of many partners. These partners are required to service an area of over 1,400 square miles with a rural population of over 19,000 citizens. Each partner has been assigned a primary response area. Currently there are nine districts including the area served by Calgary Fire Halls.
The partnership consists of the Fire Departments from;
District 1 M.D. of Foothills Fire Department Longview station
District 2 Town of Turner Valley one station
District 3 Town of Black Diamond one station
District 4 Town of High River with two stations
District 5 M.D. of Foothills Fire Department Cayley station
District 6 M.D. of Foothills Fire Department Priddis station
District 7 M.D. of Foothills Fire Department Blackie station
District 8 Town of Okotoks with two stations
District 9 M.D. of Foothills Fire Department Heritage Pointe station
The stations within or assigned to the districts are dispatched first for most emergencies. The agreements with the Fire Departments allow assistance or Mutual Aid as required for larger calls. In addition the Foothills Fire Service has Mutual Aid agreements with the surrounding Municipal Districts to provide additional equipment and manpower when required. Of note is the Municipal District of Ranchland which has no fire protection and they have contracted with the M.D. of Foothills to service a portion of their area. Response into the designated area is from District 1, Longview station. Alberta Sustainable Resources is responsible for wild land fire response into a small sliver in the South West corner of the M.D. of Foothills, although the M.D. is still responsible for any structural fires in that area within the M.D. municipal borders.
Emergency communication comes from FREMS Dispatch. The 9-1-1 Center is located in Black Diamond and receives the E-911 calls, then dispatches the required Station or Fire Department from that location.
There are approximately 150 municipal firefighters serving the area. Each station is comprised of volunteer fire fighters with some full time fire fighters in High River and Okotoks. These two communities offer minimal full time firefighter coverage 24 hours per day for an initial response such as medical assists but for any working fires would require volunteer or mutual aid response. These municipalities have recognized that they need a minimum of a seven member response to deal with any short term search and rescue capabilities for a structural fire. The same number would be required to safely operate on the highway for a vehicle rescue. Full time staff is not up to these staffing levels and there is still a reliance on volunteer fire firefighter to complete staffing for working emergencies. Current staffing allows for medial assist response which relieve volunteer staff from responding to these calls.
For information about wildfire: Alberta Sustainable Resource Development