Firefighters in the Field: Updates from the Calgary Dispatchers

Firefighters in the Field: Updates from the Calgary Dispatchers

June was rainy and slow but we don’t put our time to waste. We constantly find ourselves busy with odd jobs around the office, which sometimes involves supporting other staff with their workload.  One rainy week we were asked to make posters for the lookout towers in our district so we could have their faces […]

Firefighters in the Field: Mid-Season Stories – Lightning, Smokes, Coffee Sampling, and Clover

Firefighters in the Field: Mid-Season Stories – Lightning, Smokes, Coffee Sampling, and Clover

By: Trina It’s certainly not parade weather outside my window this morning: cold, wet, foggy. “Obscured,” I said in my AM weather report at 0745. “Zero visibility.” But that doesn’t dampen my mood. The days like today, “Romeo Whisky” days (code for rain showers), mean nothing is going to burn, and I’ll stay down on […]

Firefighters in the Field – Busy Times in Lac La Biche

Firefighters in the Field – Busy Times in Lac La Biche

Hey everyone! I’m really excited to have this second blog up, thank you for checking it out. It’s been almost two full shifts since you’ve heard from me and with that time has come a multitude of incredible experiences. We left off when things were picking up; high hazards, fire bans across the province, and […]

Canada Day Long Weekend Recap

Canada Day Long Weekend Recap

The Canada Day long weekend saw celebrations of our nation take place all across the province of Alberta, including the Forest Protection Area. Alberta Wildfire took part in numerous parades (unless they got rained out), enjoying many interactive events with the public. Along with celebrating Canada’s 151st birthday, there were also more birthday celebrations for […]

Firefighters in the Field – Assisting in Other Areas

Firefighters in the Field – Assisting in Other Areas

The Edson unit crew has been off to a busy start this wildfire season. Being on a unit crew, we generally work on larger, sustained-action wildfires, giving us the opportunity to go on export and fight wildfires outside of our home base, the Edson Forest Area. This gives us the ability to go wherever help […]