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132 Milligan Drive
P.O. Box 20, Station Main
Okotoks Fire Department is staffed by 11 full time firefighters and 27 volunteer community firefighters operating from two stations, and responding to almost 800 calls a year. The department is responsible for fire suppression, vehicle extrication, rescue, disaster services, minor hazmat cleanup and assisting with medical response when requested by the Foothills Regional Emergency Medical Service in the rapidly growing Town of Okotoks (current population of approximately 23,981) and for a surrounding rural area in the Municipal District of Foothills with a total population of almost 8,000. Okotoks Fire also provides mutual aid to fire services in surrounding communities.
Station 1 on the north side of the river maintains a duty crew of full time and volunteer community firefighters that provide response in town and in the surrounding MD of Foothills. At least two full time firefighters are on duty 24 hours a day at the north hall. Station 2 is a temporary hall built in 1992 and is manned by volunteer community firefighters. Additional firefighters are can be called out by pager when needed.
Firefighters receive National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 certified training through the Alberta fire training school “Fire etc.” at Lakeland College in Vermillion. These courses are offered by Okotoks Fire, surrounding departments or at the school. Okotoks firefighters are also certified through the Alberta College of Paramedics to a minimum of Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). Several firefighters are also certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Firefighters also attend weekly training sessions to maintain fire fighting and medical skills, and are tested annually to ensure that they continue to meet the department's standards.