Royal Canadian Mounted Police - RCMP
The RCMP offers policing services for Swan Hills and its surrounding area as well as running a wide array of community policing programs such as Streetwise, Child identification, Oilfield Crime Watch and Rural Crime Watch.
The mission of the Town of Swan Hills Fire Department is to protect our community by providing progressive, high quality emergency response and appropriate fire prevention and public education services.
We will honour our community’s trust by demonstrating our commitment to delivering professional fire and rescue services with compassion, respect, and utmost courtesy. Through expanded community involvement initiatives and the use of various external communications methods, we will ensure that our service offerings are made available and are clearly understood.
By proactively identifying and analysing the Town of Swan Hills evolving risks, and the dynamic demands of those risks, we will improve our response capabilities while implementing resource and deployment strategies which are in the best interest of our community and the accomplishment of our mission.
Fire Prevention & Safety
Fire prevention is a function of the Swan Hills Fire Department.
The goal of fire prevention is to educate the public to take precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, and be educated about surviving them. It is a proactive method of reducing emergencies and the damage caused by them.
Lessons of Fire Prevention
Fire prevention education can take the form of videos, pamphlets, and banners. Often, the messages and lessons are simple tips.
Effective and important lessons and messages include:
If one’s clothing catches on fire, the most effective method of extinguishing the fire is to stop, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth to smother the flame. Running around will simply fan the flames.
- Working smoke detectors reduce the chances of death in a fire by half
- Nearly 900 lives could be saved annually if every home had working smoke detectors.[
- Even just one smoke detector reduces the chances of death by almost half.
- Nearly half of all fire survivors remember hearing their smoke alarm.
- Deaths due to fire have decreased by half since the invention of the smoke detector.
- Most deaths due to fire occur at night when people are sleeping.
- The most common cause of smoke detector failure is missing or disconnected batteries.
- Nuisance alarms are the most common reason for deliberately disconnecting batteries.
- Missing, disconnected, or dead batteries account for 73% of smoke detector failures.
- There are more homes with no working smoke detectors than there are homes without any smoke detectors at all. There are millions of homes in each category.
- Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home.
- Change your batteries twice a year.
- Clean your detectors also.
- Replace the entire unit every ten years.
- Disconnecting your batteries, for any reason, is dangerous and illegal.
- Smoke detectors only wake you up.
- Never assume that someone has already called the fire department, or that it was automatically notified.
- Know tonight what you will do if you are ever woken up by your smoke detectors.
- Make sure your family and friends know also.
- If you change your batteries, wake up and evacuate immediately you are a hero to your family, friends, and firefighters.
- One of the most common reasons for fires is how people often leave stoves, ovens, toasters, clothing irons, barbecues, and candles unattended. Therefore one must always be aware when using the aforementioned appliances.
- Each year, many people are injured or killed because they reenter their burning homes. If you are lucky enough to have escaped, stay out.
- One of the most critical jobs of a firefighter is search and rescue. For young children, it is important that firefighters are seen as people they can follow and trust. A firefighter in firefighting gear breathing with an air tank can be scary. One way a child can get used to or trust a firefighter is seeing a firefighter dress up step by step seeing that it is a person inside. Also being able to walk up and touch the firefighter can reassure the child that he or she is a real person. (This has already been implemented by many fire departments across Canada during Fire Prevention Week.)
- Playing with fire causes many unnecessary emergencies, and hurts and kills many people, and is a leading cause of forest fires.
- False alarms waste valuable manpower and resources, which may be needed desperately at a real emergency. Also, any time firefighters ride trucks, they are at risk. Eighteen percent of firefighter deaths occur while responding to calls
Become a Volunteer Firefighter
If you’re interested in becoming a firefighter, the Swan Hills Fire Department maintains a quality program to support each individual who gives their time and dedication.
The fire and rescue service is a diverse and challenging profession. It is this diversity that inspires most men and women to enter the service as a volunteer. Meeting the challenges contributes to a personally rewarding experience. Accomplishment, compassion and fulfillment are only a few of the words firefighters use to describe their feelings about their position.
The Swan Hills Fire Department trains in house to the NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level 1 and 2 standards. Upon completion of the training program our Firefighters become ProBoard certified. We offer many other training and advancement opportunities to the members who give their time.
Join us today...be that person.
Fire Department Contact Information
For Emergencies Dial 911
Community Peace Officer
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. You can park your holiday trailer attached to a vehicle on the road for a maximum of 72 hrs, after that it has to be removed from the road for a length of 48 hrs before it may return.
Even though this may be frustrating, unfortunately, you as a resident do not own the town streets. People may park in front of your house as long as they are not in contravention of any of the town Bylaws.
No, livestock is not permitted in the town Of Swan Hills. In accordance to Bylaw 2015-11 Animal Control Bylaw, Part 6 Sec. 24 “No person shall keep a Domestic Animal within the town. This does not apply to the Horse Barns (Swan Hills Saddle Club).
Community Peace Officer
780-333-4477 ext. 5
The Town of Swan Hills asks all owners to ensure that their Dog is properly licensed. A dog over the age of 6 months requires a dog tag. Dog tags are available at the Town Office. A dog tag is good from January 1 to December 31st and is renewable each year for a cost of $20 for a spayed or neutered pet, $40 if they are not spayed or neutered. Every dog within the Town of Swan Hills must wear a dog tag. Please know that it helps us to identify your dog should it be lost and will decrease your fine.