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Posted on: April 19, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Fire Service Response from Regional Fire Station 3 - Donalda, suspended

Stettler Regional Fire Station 1 will continue to maintain fire service in the Donalda region after temporarily suspending fire service response from Regional Station 3 Donalda. Service will remain suspended until an appropriate number of trained fire service members are in place.

Currently Donalda Fire Station has four volunteer members in place to respond to emergency calls. A minimum number of 12 is the recommended number by Fire Underwriters, while 15 is the preferred number of volunteers required to efficiently operate. “We will endeavor to have at least 12 fully trained volunteers to feasibly
re-instate and safely operate Donald Fire Station. When a call comes in, it is rare for everyone to be available and present,” said Mark Dennis, Regional Fire Chief.

Volunteer numbers for Donalda Fire Station have steadily decreased over the past number of years. “I probably should have made this call a little sooner,” adds Dennis, “We just kept it going hoping our recruitment campaigns would have realized more success in this region.” Stettler Regional Fire Department’s most recent recruitment campaign took place in the Fall 2016, and no new recruits stepped forward from the Donalda region.

For now, fire service response from Regional Fire Station 3 in Donalda will be suspended and Fire Chief, Mark Dennis will work with Donalda Village and the County to recruit and address the need for more volunteers, and look to the County of Stettler and the Donalda region for solutions.

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