About Blackfalds Fire & Rescue Services
Blackfalds Fire & Rescue provides fire, rescue and emergency services to the Town of Blackfalds and the Blackfalds Fire District, which includes mutual aid support for the Counties of Lacombe and Red Deer.
Our primary responsibilities include fire prevention, rescue, hazardous materials response, ambulance assistance, “Life Line” support, emergency preparedness and assistance to community members who are in distress.
The Blackfalds Fire & Rescue is comprised of a full-time Fire Chief and many brave and dedicated part-time professional volunteer firefighters.
New volunteer firefighters are always welcome!
See the Answer the Call Fire & Rescue brochure for details on the required commitment and benefits.
Contact the Fire Department
Protective Services Building
4401 South Street
Blackfalds, AB T0M 0J0
For emergencies call 9-1-1
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The Cost of False Alarms
False alarms require an unnecessary emergency response thereby posing a threat to the safety of law enforcement personnel and the public by creating unnecessary hazards and delaying attendance at actual emergencies, and as a result, incur considerable unnecessary expense.
In the last three years alone (2019-2021), Fire Emergency Services have responded to over 60+ false alarm calls, approximately 40% of the total number of emergency responses.
See the 'Alarm Emergency Response' below for more information and how you can help.
Blackfalds businesses and homeowners who have fire alarms systems are commonly monitored by an alarm company. Each alarm system on a property must be registered and requires an Alarm Permit.
The Security Alarm System Bylaw 1191/15 was enacted to minimize false alarms requiring an unnecessary emergency response thereby posing a threat to the safety of law enforcement personnel and the public by creating unnecessary hazards and delaying attendance at actual emergencies, and as a result, incur considerable unnecessary expense.
False alarms make up nearly 38% of the total number of annual emergencies (2021). These incidents have a significant financial impact on the Town of Blackfalds of more than $60,000 a year. False alarm penalties are in place to reduce false alarms and recover unnecessary costs (Part 5 of Bylaw 1191/15) and can cost the alarm owner up to $1,000 in fines (Schedule 'A').
Alarm dispatches are subject to fines in the event of:
- An alarm system that is not registered, and/or;
- More than one false alarm for the response address within a calendar year, or;
- A false alarm with an Alberta Fire Code certification that is expired for more than 90 days.
Back Yard Fire Pits
We want families to be able to safely enjoy their yards regardless of the weather.
Please keep in mind that recreational fire pits are regulated under the Town's Fire Protection Bylaw.
When a fire pit is burning, it must be monitored at all times and a water source should be close at hand to extinguish the fire.
Tips for fire pit use
- Only clean and dry firewood is permitted - no yard rakings or cuttings.
Burning of prohibited materials can cause dense smoke and offensive odours to neighbouring properties.
- High winds (20km and greater) may pose a fire hazard. Low wind speeds may contribute to poor air quality and reduce smoke dissipation.
- A metal grill/screen on top of the fire pit is required to be used, this reduces the size of the flame and helps prevent sparks and embers from escaping and igniting nearby materials.
Be mindful of your neighbours
- Smoke from fire pits can cause adverse health effects in some people. Be aware of neighbours who may be negatively impacted by exposure to smoke from outdoor fire pits.
- Before using your fire pit, familiarize yourself with optimal wind conditions and take precautions to prevent smoke from disturbing your neighbours.
Please follow the regulations to avoid possible fines which start at $250.00 and higher.