Protecting Life & Property
The standard of care for fire services is the protection of life and property. The duty of care is to ensure our firefighters are trained and have the proper equipment to fulfill these requirements.
The County of Wetaskiwin includes 5 fire protection areas, which are serviced by 6 different fire departments:
- Buck Lake / Alder Flats Fire Department
- Millet Fire Department
- Mulhurst Bay Fire Department
- South Pigeon Lake Fire Department
- Wetaskiwin Rural Fire Department
- Winfield Fire Department
Capital Equipment Upgrades
All of the fire departments plan and upgrade equipment on a yearly basis; these capital upgrades and new purchases are planned on a 5 year basis. Funding is established with a fire zone mill rate in each Fire Protection Zone (PDF).
Administration & Funding
County fire protection is provided by a cross section of both County departments and agreements for service with departments in other municipalities. The departments are administered by a Board of Directors. In addition to capital costs which include new fire halls, equipment and fire trucks, the County provides an additional annual operational fire grant to each fire department.
A landowner within the County’s boundaries to which Fire Protection is provided is not liable for Fire Protection Charges incurred unless negligence or any contravention of Bylaw 2019/10 occurred and the County may add to the tax roll of the parcel of land all unpaid Fire Protection Charges (after thirty (30) days), which forms a special lien against the parcel of land in favor of the County from the date the amount was added to the tax roll, in accordance with Section 553 of the Municipal Government Act.
A non-County resident outside the County’s boundaries to which Fire Protection is provided is liable for Fire Protection Charges incurred and the County may forward all unpaid Fire Protection Charges (after thirty (30) days) to a Collections Agency.
These charges are authorized by the Fire Services Bylaw.