March 31, 2020 In case of emergency
In light of the recent Telus network issues, Fire Chief Jim Pendergast would like to remind residents they can come directly to the Fire Hall if their phone service goes down and emergency assistance is needed. The Fire Hall is located at 1001 Minto Street. If the 9-1-1 system has issues, you can reach the Fire Hall directly at 403-886-4553.
The Penhold Fire Department is volunteer, coed and proud to be part of Alberta’s emergency services team.
Our members volunteer for service, but are paid an honorarium for training time and time spent on emergency calls.
We exist under the authority of the Town of Penhold and operate using a rank structure. The Fire Chief manages the department and delegates tasks to his/her officers and front line firefighters.
We are currently recruiting new members. If you think you can offer any time, apply today!
Putting the "Team" in Team
Firefighters work hard, but we play hard too. Our members hang out with each other, from the pancake breakfasts in the summer, to road tripping in the mountains. Not to mention trips to take training together, or just hanging out cleaning gear at the hall.
There's no "I" in team, but there's no "alone" either. We're friends, buddies and someone to help when you need a hand.
Our department does not only protect the town, but we also work in conjunction with other departments in our vicinity, Penhold's agreement is with Red Deer County and Innisfail. A lot has changed since the early 1900’s when Fire Companies literally fought to see who was going to put out the fire. Now we all work together. That’s why you may see County trucks and firefighters in our town.
Our History as a Department
The department has been around for years in Penhold, and we have many stories to tell. We've had members from all walks of life and skill levels. We've been though grain elevator fires, barn fires, grass fires, motor vehicle collisions and house fires.
We've also flipped pancakes, taken part in parades and helped out around the community.
What We Do
We respond to all fire, rescue, and medical emergencies in Penhold. There are 35 highly dedicated and trained fire fighters.
Our core responsibilities include fires (structural, vehicle, grass etc.) rescues (vehicle accidents, ice/water, industrial/work place etc.) medical (trauma or sickness), fire prevention (business and home inspections on request), public education (school visits, special events, parades, fire hall tours etc.) fire code enforcement, hazardous material incidents, and natural disasters.
Even though we are volunteer, we are a full service fire rescue department.
In 2018 we responded to over 144 incidents.
Like all bedroom communities, our greatest need is for people who are available in the daytime from 6 am until 6 pm, as most of our people work outside of Town. We practice every Wednesday night from 7-9 pm.
Have you ever watched "Backdraft" or "Ladder 49" and dreamt of saving property and lives?
Are you working full time and unable to make the change?
Have you seen firsthand the destruction smoke and fire can wreak on a neighbor's life?
You can make a difference in your community and you can do it by only committing a few hours a month!
Firefighters work hard, but we play hard too. Our members hang out with each other, from the pancake breakfasts in the summer to road tripping in the mountains. Not to mention trips to take training together, or just hanging out cleaning gear at the hall. There's no "I" in team, but there's no "alone" either. We're friends, buddies and someone to help when you need a hand.
What's in it for you?
You can receive the full fire/rescue/medical training, make a huge difference in your community and may even get an honorarium for training and calls!
The Penhold Fire Department offers you the same training programs that full-time firefighters receive, but at a pace that meets your need. The courses are offered at no cost to you.
Most of your new skills will transfer to different departments if you move to a new community. About 80 percent of Alberta’s firefighters are members of volunteer departments, with only a few departments in the province composed of full-time staff - it pays to volunteer!
How to Apply
Complete the Penhold Fire Department Application Form and drop it at the Fire Hall, Town Office, by mail to Box 10, Penhold, AB, T0M 1R0, and or fax it to 403-886-4546 and we will contact you as soon as possible!