Fire Departments

Kneehill County announces Rural Fire Chief

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A new rural fire chief, Daniel Ross, former fire chief of Charlie Lake Fire Department, will be joining the Kneehill County ProtectiveServices Department on May 22, 2018.

Kneehill County Council set the Rural Fire Strategy as one of its primary strategic goals to accomplish in 2018. The fire strategy is a key document which will provide guidance for Council to ensure the protection of Kneehill County residents in regards to a rural-focused fire service. 

Dan Ross joined the military out of high school serving 6 years with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based out of Victoria, BC, and Calgary, AB which included two United Nations Peacekeeping Missions to Croatia. He then became a military firefighter for the remaining 14years of his military career, including serving one tour in Afghanistan and completing various fire service certifications such as Firefighter Level 2, Hazardous Materials Technician and all four levels of Fire Officer certification as well as a Bachelor Degree in Business. 

Dan retired from the military in 2011 and moved into municipal firefighting with Yellowhead County as a Deputy Fire Chief for 9 departments. After 6 years with the YCFD, Dan continued to expand his portfolio by becoming the Manager of Emergency Services and Fire Chief for the PeaceRiver Regional District where he received his Chief Fire Officer Designation, becoming recognized as a member of the International Association of Fire Engineers. 

Dan has a daughter in Lethbridge and will be welcoming his first grandchild shortly. When not in the fire station, Dan spends as much time possible camping around Alberta.

Dan is looking forward to the new adventures with Kneehill County and is anxious to start working with our staff and the fire departments of the area

Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge 

Torrington stairclimb

Members of the Torrington Fire Department participated in the 4th Annual Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in Calgary on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Justin Block, Micha Fakner, Katlyn Benedict, Jesse Sherlock and Jaquelyn Benedict each climbed 55 floors of the Bow Tower (that's 1204 stairs!) in full bunker gear, including air tanks.

Collectively, they raised $2,395.00 in support of Wellspring Calgary, a not-for-profit organization that provides programs, resources, and support to people affected by cancer. Because a prevalent occupational hazard of the firefighter’s job is cancer, Wellspring works to ensure the needs of firefighters are considered alongside the needs of all its community members.  


Fire Prevention Week

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. 
That's why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

  • Draw a map of your home using NFPA's grid will all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. 
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using two different ways out. FPW 2017 Escape Plan Grid
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them. 
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave--this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. 
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Visit the NFPA's website for more information. 

Kneehill County would like to recognize the brave men and women who volunteer for their local Fire Department, sacrificing their time and risking their lives to ensure our homes and communities are kept safe.
Thank you to all the firefighters who serve the Kneehill County region!

Fire Training Structure

The Fire Training Structure has been installed at the Kneehill County Training Centre located at the Trochu Fire Hall. The structure was funded by the ACP Provincial grant program supporting regional initiatives, including fire services. The structure allows the fire fighters in our region to train under the real pressures of fire, heat and smoke.

A regional fire mutual aid agreement is in place for fire services within Kneehill County (including Three Hills, Torrington, Trochu, Linden, Carbon, Acme). The agreement includes cost sharing, equipment sharing and mutual aid.

Fire Services Bylaw

If an emergency please dial, 9-1-1 

Fire Department contact: Debra Grosfield 403.443.5541 (Messages will be relayed to the fire chiefs).