Emergency Services

Two firemen holding hose spraying towards fire

Fire Protection

Flagstaff County is a member of the Flagstaff Regional Emergency Services Society (FRESS), which provides emergency services to the Flagstaff Region through 10 fire departments:

  • Alliance
  • Daysland
  • Forestburg
  • Galahad
  • Hardisty
  • Heisler
  • Killam
  • Lougheed
  • Sedgewick
  • Strome

For more information, visit the FRESS website at: www.flagstaff-ress.org.

Fire and Fireworks Permits

Fire and fireworks permits are required year-round and are now administered by Regional Fire Chief Derek Homme.

  • To apply for a fire permit, click HERE.
  • To apply for a fireworks permit, click HERE.

Fire Pits

All NEW fire pit construction after January 1, 2022, within Flagstaff County, or within any of the towns/villages, requires a permit to be approved before construction.

The parameters for these are defined within the County Fire Bylaw, as well as the Fire Bylaw for Towns & Villages.

“Acceptable Fire Pit” means an outdoor receptacle that meets the following specifications:

  • a minimum of three (3) metres clearance, measured from the nearest fire pit edge, which is maintained from buildings, property lines, or other combustible material;
  • the fire pit height does not exceed .60 metres when measured from the surrounding grade to the top of the pit opening;
  • the fire pit opening does not exceed 1 metre in width or in diameter when measured from the widest points or outside edges;
  • the fire pit installation has enclosed sides made from bricks, concrete blocks, heavy gauge metal or other non-combustible materials acceptable to the Regional Manager/Fire Chief;
  • a spark arrester mesh screen with openings no larger than 1.25 centimetres and constructed of expanded or equivalent non-combustible material, which is used to cover the fire pit opening in a manner sufficient to contain and reduce hazards of airborne sparks; 
  • the fire pit is not located over any underground utilities or under any aboveground utility wires;
  • the fire pit is not located in the front yard of a residence; and
  • as may otherwise be determined by the Regional Manager/Fire Chief having regard to health, safety, hazards and risk. 

To apply for a fire pit permit, click HERE.