Okotoks Fire Department is staffed by 20 full time firefighters and 30 Community Firefighters operating from two stations, and responding to over 1,000 calls a year. The Department is responsible for fire suppression, vehicle extrication, rescue, disaster services, minor hazmat cleanup and providing medical first response and medical co-response when requested by Alberta Health Services in the Town of Okotoks and in the surrounding rural area in the Municipal District of Foothills. 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 who respond in town and in the surrounding MD of Foothills. At least three full time firefighters are on duty 24 hours a day at Station #1. Station #2 is located within the South Ridge Emergency Services Building on Woodhaven Drive; it is manned by volunteer Community Firefighters on an on-call basis at this time. Additional firefighters can be called 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.