Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter

Make a real difference in your community.

At the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service, we are always looking for caring, committed individuals to join our team as Volunteer Firefighters. We view the position of Firefighter not merely as a job, but as a way of life.

Volunteer firefighting can be an extremely rewarding and valuable way to serve your community. However, it is a decision that should not be taken lightly. It takes considerable dedication, a serious ongoing commitment to mental and physical fitness, and many hours of training.

If you think you’ve got what it takes and want to become a volunteer fire fighter, consider attending one of the LSRFS information sessions hosted throughout the year. For more information, contact Fire Services Administration at the number to the right.

Your Mission: to enhance Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service through quick response to emergencies, fire safety education, and support of the fire departments’ other activities.
 


It’s not merely a job; it’s a way of life.

Your mission is to enhance Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service through quick response to emergencies, fire safety education, and support of the fire departments’ other activities.


Your Characteristics

  • You are a team player, a quick thinker, and a natural leader
  • You are an excellent communicator
  • You are able to thrive in high stress situations
  • You are available Monday evenings

Your Credentials

  • You have a valid Alberta driver’s license
  • You have completed grade 12 education or equivalent
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • You possess the ability to understand and communicate in English
  • You are in excellent physical condition
  • You have current standard first aid and CPR (an asset)

Your Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team to respond to emergency situations
  • Protect citizens in times of crisis
  • Rescue and evacuate people from hazardous environments
  • Perform the duties of emergency responder, fire suppression, and public education as assigned
  • Learn the trades of emergency responder including different jobs such as hose and pump operator
  • Respond to a broad range of emergency situations including motor vehicle accidents, search and rescue, and dangerous goods
  • Provide pre-hospital care for victims
  • Be a community role model
  • Upgrade and maintain skills, knowledge and physical requirements

Estimated Time Commitment

  • Hall 1: six hours per week (3 for practice Monday nights, 3 for emergency calls)
  • Halls 2, Hall 3, Hall 4 and Hall 5: three to four hours per week (2 to 3 for practice, 1 for emergency calls)


Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Lesser Slave River is “Iyaghchi Eennu Sepe “ in Cree, meaning "River of the Strange People." The river itself is a major tributary of the Athabasca River. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

Community Involvement

A noble calling. A vital community role.

At the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service, we are always looking for caring, committed individuals to join our team as Volunteer Firefighters. We view the position of Firefighter not merely as a job, but as a way of life.

Volunteer firefighting can be an extremely rewarding and valuable way to serve your community. However, it is a decision that should not be taken lightly. It takes considerable dedication, a serious ongoing commitment to mental and physical fitness, and many hours of training to become a firefighter. Our shortlist of criteria is indicated below. If you think you’ve got what it takes and are considering becoming a volunteer fire fighter, attend one of the LSFRS information sessions for more information.

Your Mission: to enhance Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service through quick response to emergencies, fire safety education, and support of the fire departments’ other activities.


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Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

On May 15, 2011, large parts of Lesser Slave River were affected by wildfires in the area. Winds pushed the flames into the Town and surrounding communities, destroying many houses and businesses. The actions of the MD and its residents, and as their stoic resolution to rebuild from the ashes, are a living testament to the region’s “Rugged & Real” motto. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

Halls & Apparatus

Safeguarding the citizens of Lesser Slave River.

There is a total of five fire halls in the region - the greatest distance between halls being 120 kilometers. These five halls serve and protect more than ten thousand kilometers entirely through volunteer firefighters. The Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service attends an average of 350 calls each year, including structure fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle collisions, dangerous goods, disaster response, water response, water rescue, industrial incidents, and technical rescue (rope, ice).

The Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service is unique within the province, as a regional integrated and multi-jurisdictional volunteer fire department operated under one administration and command. The headquarters is located in the Town of Slave Lake.

The Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service is comprised of:

  • A Full-Time Fire Chief;
  • A Full-Time Deputy Fire Chief;
  • A Full-Time Administrative Assistant; and
  • A Full-Time Maintenance Officer.

Being a regional fire department, it also has a full-time Deputy Chief of Rural Operations, plus four members of the FireSmart crew.


Hall 1

Hall 1 is located in the Town of Slave Lake. It is comprised of 33 volunteer firefighters split into 3 Batallions with a Captain and Lieutenant. It is also the main office of all the full-time staff.

Address: 901 4 Street Northwest, Slave Lake, T0G 2A1.

Apparatus Roster:

  • Unit 111: 2009 75 Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Unit 121: 2011 M2 Front Line Engine
  • Unit 122: 2011 M2-Red Wildland Engine
  • Unit 123: 1999 4900 DG Truck
  • Unit 131: 2007 M2106 Rescue Truck

Hall 2

Hall 2 is located in the Hamlet of Widewater, AB. Widewater is located 20km west of Slave Lake. It is comprised of 15 volunteer firefighters. There is a Captain and two Lieutenants.

Address: 1726 Southshore Dr. E, Widewater, T0G 0M0.

Apparatus Roster:

  • Unit 221: 2007 4400 Front Line Engine
  • Unit 251: 2012 M2106 Single Axle Tender

Hall 3

Hall 3 is located in Smith, AB. Smith is located 75km south east of Slave Lake. It is comprised of 15 volunteer firefighters. There is a Captain and two Lieutenants.

Address: Range Road 11A, Smith, T0G 2B0.

Apparatus Roster:

  • Unit 321: 2007 M2 Front Line Engine
  • Unit 351: 2012 M2106 Single Axle Tender

Hall 4

Hall 4 is located in Flatbush, AB. Flatbush is located 100km south of Slave Lake. It is comprised of 15 volunteer firefighters. There is a Captain and two Lieutenants.

Address: 1 Avenue, Flatbush, T0G 0Z0.

Apparatus Roster:

  • Unit 421: 2011 M23 Front Line Engine
  • Unit 451: 2011 M2112 Tandem

Hall 5

Hall 5 is located in the Industrial Park of Mitsue. Mitsue Industrial Park is located 20km east of Slave Lake. It is comprised of 15 volunteer firefighters. There is a Captain and two Lieutenants.

Address: West Mitsue Ind Road, Slave Lake, T0G 2A0.

Apparatus Roster:

  • Unit 511: 2010 1871-W Ladder Truck
  • Unit 521: 2004 Med-Con Front Line Engine

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

On July 6, 2011, Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Lesser Slave River region to offer encouragement to residents and rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating wildfires that hit the region in May. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

FireSmart

Learn how to live Fire Smart.

Since 2011, we have adopted the principal of living fire smart to our region. We have a crew of 4 dedicated professionals who help assist with the implementation of the 7 Disciplines of a Fire smart Community. The Fire smart crew works as part of the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service as firefighters, as a Helicopter Attack crew by contract for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and as a vegetation management crew in our region.


What is FireSmart?

FireSmart is an initiative designed to help home and property owners reduce the threat of wildfire within the wildland/urban interface area. By implementing FireSmart principals, you become part of a commitment to help lessen the effects of wildfire in your community.

The risk of wildfire is greatest in wildland/urban interface zones – communities where natural vegetation and residential, industrial, or agricultural developments are situated. There are many reasons Albertans choose to reside in these areas, be it occupational requirement or lifestyle choice. But one thing is certain, the economic and social impact of wildfire in Alberta is immense. Thousands of residents are evacuated or put on evacuation notice from their homes or workplaces due to the threat of wildfires each year.

Why do we need FireSmart?


FireSmart is here to educate and inform residents across Alberta about the risks of wildfire. We must all work together to help prevent wildfires in our province.

Quick Facts:

  • Wildfires are an essential part of our ecosystem and help create healthier, more balanced forests. Controlled burns can reduce the risk of larger, uncontrolled fires.
  • Many residents in interface zones are unaware of, or do not fully appreciate the danger of wildfires.
  • Residents may have a false sense of security regarding interface fires, and may feel prevention is the sole responsibility of their local or regional fire department.

Start living FireSmart today! Visit FireSmart.ca for helpfull tips that will help you make your home and community safer.
 


Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave River region is almost twice the size of Prince Edward Island with 1/15 the population – this truly lets you feel like you are getting away from it all, whether you’re raising your family here or just getting away for the weekend. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

Future Firefighter Program

Mentoring and training capable and energetic teenagers for potential careers as firefighters.

Each year LSRFS mentors and trains a small group of capable and energetic teenagers for potential careers as firefighters, EMTs, police, or forestry officers. The program is designed for youth between the ages of 14 to 17 years, and runs from March until June 2016.

There is a limited number of spaces due to the nature of the activities and the supervision required.

This program involves a number of different agencies including Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, RCMP, Alberta Health Services, and LSRFS, who introduce the group to the different aspects of their organization’s scope of responsibilities in emergency response and management. Youth take part in tons of activities, such as hazard reduction burning, vehicle extrication, air tanker operations, wildfire operations, policing, and emergency medical services.

The Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Future Firefighter Program.
 


Program Components Include:

  • Firefighting Equipment
  • Fire Science
  • Pump Operations
  • Patient Handling
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Fire Ground operations
  • Helicopter and Waterbomber operations
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Wildfire operations
  • Aerial operations
  • Search and Rescue

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Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

On May 20, 2011, a firefighting helicopter crashed into the Lesser Slave Lake near Canyon Creek, taking the life of pilot Jean-Luc Debas died at the scene. A memorial park on the shore of Canyon Creek honours the bravery of Mr. Debas. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

General Contact Info

 info (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.849.4888
 1.866.449.4888
 780.849.4939

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