Cypress County provides fire/rescue services to the entire county. The Cypress County Fire Emergency Services Department is led by Fire Chief Kelly Meyer and Deputy Fire Chief John McBain. Fire stations are located in the hamlets of Dunmore, Irvine, Hilda, Schuler, Seven Persons, Walsh, Town of Redcliff (Box Springs) as well as Cypress Hills Provincial Park Elkwater. In addition, the County as has fire trucks located in CFB Suffield, Jenner and the Onefour area.
The mission of Cypress County Emergency Services is to protect lives, property, and the environment through quality emergency response and community involvement. This mission will be achieved by career and volunteer/paid on call professionals committed to excellence and dedicated to service in Fire Prevention, Emergency Medical Co-Response Services, Fire Suppression, Hazardous Materials and Natural Disaster response. A Service Agreement is in place with the City of Medicine Hat to provide supplemental and specialty services when requested. Cypress County also has Mutual Aid Agreements with surrounding municipalities to ensure that all emergency services are working together to provide effective and efficient to those in need.
In November 2016, a Fire Master Plan was adopted by Council. The comprehensive Plan reviewed, assessed and developed a series of recommendations for the County in an effort to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the Fire Department and to bring it to a level that maximizes risk while maximizing fire services to the community. Cypress County is diligently working on achieving those goals and is implementing the recommendations as laid out in the plan.
Cypress County is proud of all the men and women dedicated, trained and committed to serving their communities and those in need. A list of each Station Chief and Deputy Chief can be found below.
Fire permits are required for ALL open burning. As the County will be at a minimum of a Fire Restriction between March 1st and October 31st every year, permits will only be issued between November 1st and February 28th, weather permitting. Fire permits are FREE, and valid for 3 days from the date of issue. The only exceptions are recreational fires and burn barrels with a fitted screen.
In order to ensure that residents have a clear understanding of the Fire Permitting process, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers have been compiled. FIRE PERMIT FAQ
Summary of Cypress County Fire Suppression Services Bylaw
- The County is responsible for fighting and controlling fires as identified in two acts, the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and the Municipal Government Act.
- Fire suppression personnel in Cypress County are primarily made up of volunteers with various levels of training.
- The county is a vast and sparsely populated geographical region over 13000 km2 which ultimately results in longer response times.
- There is usually an inadequate supply of water to offensively suppress fires.
- As a result, the county does not and cannot provide services at a level similar or equal to urban municipalities.
What it means:
- Any structure or vehicle fires that occur may result in a total loss and fire suppression efforts can only attempt to provide protection to secondary exposures and attempt to prevent the fire from spreading.
- The county has mutual aid agreements with all surrounding municipalities to either have them assist us or for the county to assist when required.
- There are methods in place to recover fire fighting costs from the person or persons who caused the fire and for responding to dangerous goods spills and vehicle collisions.
- The County monitors the dryness levels of the grasslands and when it reaches dangerous levels a Fire Control Order is implemented prohibiting the lighting of fires.
As per Fire Services Bylaw 2018/33 Cypress County will be under a Fire Restriction from March 1st to October 31st every year. No Fire Permits will be issued. The Bylaw can be seen here
Box Springs Fire Station
Fire Chief Brady Pancoast
Deputy Fire Chief Scott Berg
Dunmore Fire Station
Fire Chief Cam Klatt
Deputy Fire Chief Jim Fus
Elkwater Fire Station
Fire Chief Les Derksen
Deputy Fire Chief Joe Ward
Hilda Fire Station
Fire Chief Ross Straub
Deputy Fire Chief Ben Entz
Deputy Fire Chief Leonard Entz
Irvine Fire Station
Fire Chief Dwayne Johnston
Deputy Fire Chief Louis Hashem
Onefour Fire Station
Fire Chief Perry Yeast
Deputy Fire Chief Travis Reesor
Deputy Fire Chief Jon Weir
Schuler Fire Station
Fire Chief Bryce Jans
Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Richter
Seven Persons Fire Station
Fire Chief Justin Derzaph
Deputy Fire Chief Dustin Vossler
Walsh Fire Station
Fire Chief Jack Zieffle
Deputy Fire Chief Lyle Freimark
We are actively recruiting for members at the following locations: Elkwater, Hilda, Irvine, One Four, Schuler & Walsh
Our membership is currently full at the following stations: Box Springs, Dunmore & Seven Persons
Applicants may still apply for future vacancies. Applicants with NFPA 1001 qualifications may be an exception.
The application form will soon be available here, for the current time please contact the County to request one at (403) 526-2888