Community & Protective Services

Director of Community & Protective Services

Brian Ballard      Email

[For permits or general inquiries: protsrvcs@saddlehills.ab.ca]


Departmental Responsibilities:

Fire Departments
Enforcement
Faciliities Maintenance
Community Recreation Program
Project Development
Health & Safety
Risk Management
Campgrounds & Parks Maintenance
Regional Emergency Planning



Community



PlaygroundFrom parks and camping to winter sports and youth programs, Saddle Hills has a great deal to offer today’s family. 

Saddle Hills County is home to a wide range of year-round activities including camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, cycling, boating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and more.

Throughout the county a number of parks, campgrounds, playgrounds and recreation facilities offer a full range of opportunities for recreation.


  • For links to all of our parks, camping and recreational opportunities please click here.
  • For a downloadable copy of Saddle Hills County’s Recreation Review Report please click here.
  • For a downloadable copy of Saddle Hills County’s Recreation Plan please click here.




Protective Services


In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.


The Saddle Hills County Community & Protective Services 
Department is responsible for provision of Fire Services, Medical First Response, and Emergency Management Preparedness.


Firefighting

Saddle Hills County fire services are proudly provided by over 100 volunteer fire fighters operating from five fire stations throughout Saddle Hills County located at Blueberry, Bonanza Happy Valley, Savanna and Woking. We also have an agreement with Tomslake, BC to provide fire protection for the Gundy area.

With administration and oversight from the Manager of Protective Services and Fire Services Coordinator, each the five County fire departments are staffed by Volunteers. Services are provided in accordance with the (PS-01) Fire Department Level of Service Policy).

County Fire Department Locations

- Blueberry Fire Station is located at SW15-80-7-W6 and serves the Moonshine Lake Blueberry, Devale, Ksituan, Wonderland and Yellow Creek areas.

- Bonanza Fire Station is located at SE8-80-12-W6 and serves the Baytree, Bonanza, Cotillion, and Gordondale areas.

- Happy Valley Fire Station is located at SE13-78-8-W6 and serves the Happy Valley and Whitburn areas.

- Savanna Fire Station is located at NE24-81-10-W6 and serves the Fourth Creek, Savanna, and Silver Valley areas.

- Woking Fire Station is located at 5002-50 Ave. in Woking and serves the Hilltop Lake, Northmark, Westmark and Woking areas.

Medical First Response

The Medical First Responders are medically trained community volunteers who are dispatch to all ambulance calls in their area to provide emergency care prior to ambulance arrival.

Controlled Burn Notifications

In areas outside of the Forest Protection area (FPA) Burn notifications are required by the County. 

Fire Permits

In the Forest Protection Area (FPA) during Fire season from March 31 to October 31 each year, Fire permits are required from Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development  (Forestry) at (780)  538-5560. For winter burning in the FPA please submit a (burn notification) to the County. 

In areas outside of the FPA Burn notifications are required by the County Burn Notification or call (780) 864-3760.

Fireworks

Fireworks permits are required in all areas of Saddle Hills County

In the Forest Protection Area (FPA) during Fire season from March 31 to October 31, Fireworks permits are required from Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development (Forestry) at (780) 538-5560. For winter Fireworks in the FPA please submit a Fireworks Permit Request to the County. 

Outside of the Forest Protection Area, permits are available from Saddle Hills County or call (780) 864-3760.


Consumer Fireworks safety information - click here.


Regional Emergency Management

The five municipalities in the Central Peace Region have form a Partnership for Emergency Management (formerly known as Disaster Services). The Partnership is authorized by a Ministerial Order and allows the five municipalities to function as a single organization during a major emergency.

Disaster Preparedness

The five municipalities in the Central Peace Region have formed a Partnership for Emergency Management (formerly known as Disaster Services). The Partnership is authorized by a Ministerial Order and allows the five municipalities to function as a single organization during a major emergency.

Emergency Social Services

The Central Peace – Emergency Social Services Group are volunteers from Victims Assistance, Family & Community Support Services and community members.

They are responsible for registering evacuees and connecting them with required supports for the duration of the evacuation. (Application)

 


 

Saddle Hills County appreciates all the dedicated men and women who serve their communities at any time day and night. To contact the Community & Protective Services Department, click here.


 

Links:

County Fire Departments & Fire Stations
Fireworks Permits
Controlled Burn Notifications
AED Training & Grant Program
Fire Advisories, Restrictions and Bans
Volunteer Fire Fighting
Volunteer Medical First Responders
Central Peace Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness
- Recreation Review Report 2017


External links:

Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Office of the Fire Commissioner - Alberta
Alberta Public Safety Training
Alberta Fire Chiefs Association
Peace Regional Fire Chiefs Association
Alberta wildfires – Environment and sustainable Resource Development
Alberta Fire Bans