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Wembley Fire Department

The Wembley Fire Department is a dedicated Professional Volunteer Fire Department that operates as a division of the Town of Wembley.

The Wembley Fire Department, under service contract, provides Fire, Rescue, and Medical First Response to the County Of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service and is the Primary Emergency Response Agency for the Town Of Wembley. The Fire Service contract renewed in 2022 with the County of Grande Prairie now includes administrative services provided by the County Regional Fire Services Management Team inclusive of two administrative staff, one Fire Chief, two Deputy Chiefs (Operations, Training, and Logistics), Two District Chiefs (Stationed out of Wembley and Sexsmith) and the Fire Marshall who looks after investigations, inspections, code compliance, fire prevention, and education. 

Our Department holds a high standard with support from our Mayor and Council with the goal of providing our citizens and neighbors the highest quality of Emergency Response Services possible. The Wembley Fire Department houses a roster of approximately 20 Volunteer Firefighters, 2 Lieutenants, and 4 Senior Firefighters. The Town staffs one Full-Time Station Captain and one Firefighter to manage daily operations Monday to Friday. During the Spring/Summer Fire Season, we staff additional Firefighters under contract to assist in annual testing, maintenance, training, and day-time incident responses.   


The Wembley Fire Department in partnership with the County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service trains all new members to the NFPA 1001 Level 2 through the Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioners Public Safety Division. We are fortunate to have multiple certified NFPA 1041 Instructors in-house along with a certified First Aid and Basic Life Support instructor. In addition, to recruit training, our members meet every Thursday night for 3 hours to train on specific topics and to ensure we display competence in our skills annually.  

Have you ever wondered why when you call 911 for an ambulance the Fire Department shows up? The Wembley Fire Department noticed that due to the communities unique location between the City of Grande Prairie and the Town Of Beaverlodge, response for an ambulance can be delayed. The Fire Department is set up with Alberta Health Services as a Full Medical Co-Response Agency meaning we will respond to any medical emergency in our district no matter the severity. 

If it's not fires or medical emergencies, you have likely seen us out on Highway 43, the twined provincial highway that runs in the middle of our jurisdiction. We are fortunate to have several members with advanced training in vehicle extrication and stabilization. This is accompanied by 1 heavy rescue truck, and 1 engine both with full sets of hydraulic rescue tools "The Jaws of Life" We are prepared to best serve not only those who live here but those who visit, work, or are traveling through the area.   

Many of you have most likely heard the large roof-mounted siren at the Fire Hall sound from time to time.......sorry about waking you up in the middle of the night. This siren is set off when the responding officer believes the Incident at hand can pose an imminent danger in the community. Such events are a confirmed structure fire, gas leak, or environmental emergency. We limit testing of this siren to about 4 times a year, when we plan to test it we will update our Facebook page with the date and time.  

We are always happy to offer station tours, and educational materials to families, businesses, and schools at your request. Feel free to stop by the hall anytime! if we are not here contact numbers are posted on the main entrance of the hall.

Please check out to see what we are up to.

For information regarding the Fire Department please contact the District Fire Chief Matt Smith

Ready to help? Find the application for Volunteer Firefighters at the bottom of this page. 

Todays fire rating is Very-High Very-High

Grande Prairie Area Update

Grande Prairie Area Update May 29, 2023

Posted on Mon, May 29, 2023


The wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is VERY HIGH.

Warm weather and windy conditions have increased the wildfire risk in the Grande Prairie Forest Protection Area (FPA). We urge residents and visitors to exercise caution and take steps to prevent wildfires.

Wind gusts are expected to be 30-50kph (19-31mph). Light overnight precipitation is possible. Gusting winds are expected to continue today and tomorrow. High winds can cause extreme fire behavior and allow fires to grow rapidly. 


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Wildfire Situation | May 29, 2023 

Since January 1, 2023, there have been 31 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. At this time, nearly 28,959.00 hectares (ha) have burned. Of these fires, none are listed as out of control (OC), four are being held (BH), one has been turned over to the responsible party for extinguishment and 25 of these fires have been extinguished.

To see all wildfires on a map please click here.

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This fire is currently classified as Being Held (BH). For more information about this fire please visit the Peace River Forest Area Update

GWF027- Eagle Complex WCX001

This fire is classified as out of control (OC) and is now part of the Eagle Complex which is being managed by the Whitecourt Forest Area. For the most recent updates visit the Whitecourt Forest Area Update   


GWF017 & GWF023, GWF019 - Sturgeon Lake Complex GCX001

The Sturgeon Lake Complex is made up of three fires and the total area involved is 28, 802 hectares.  All fires are now classified as being held. Being held means that given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries.

Today there will be 189 firefighting personnel and support staff on site. Eight helicopters and 19 pieces of heavy machinery are allotted to these fires. Crews will continue to extinguish the perimeter to 100 feet and extinguish all hotspots that are a threat to new and existing containment lines.  

GWF017 is estimated to be 5,752 hectares in size and 90% of the perimeter is controlled.

GWF023 is estimated to be 3,869 hectares in size and 95% of the perimeter is controlled. 

GWF019 Bald Mountain Fire is 19,435 hectares in size. The fire is approximately 17 km west of Highway 40. The fire has crossed the Bald Mountain Road to the east and is in proximity to the intersection of Odum Ridge Road and Bald Mountain Road to the south.

Unauthorized people are not permitted in or near an active fire perimeter, as displayed on this map below.

We ask residents to stay out of areas that have been burned by the wildfires in the area. Wildfires will make the root systems of trees weak, and any amount of wind will affect the trees in the area. Falling trees will be an ongoing hazard and for residents’ safety you should avoid the burned-out areas. Firefighters will be actively working on and around properties extinguishing hotspots, please give them the space they need to work.


 A FIRE RESTRICTION is now in effect. Report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).
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  • All outdoor wood fires in backcountry and random camping areas on public land
  • Charcoal briquettes in backcountry and random camping areas on public land
  • The use of fireworks and exploding targets


  • Wood campfires on private land and in designated campgrounds
  • Charcoal briquettes on private land and in designated campgrounds
  • Propane/natural gas-powered appliances
  • Open flame oil devices (e.g., turkey deep fryers, tiki torches)
  • Indoor wood fires contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor
  • All appliances must be CSA approved and used per manufacturer’s standards

Please visit to view a map of the impacted area. This fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve across the province.

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Volunteer Information

Volunteers, equipment owners/operators or firefighters looking to assist with these wildfires or any of the wildfires within the province, please contact



Numerous wildfires continue to burn in many areas of the province. A provincial state of emergency has been declared. Albertans who require assistance can call 310-4455 for wildfire related information.


Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 832 7235

Phone: 1-866-394-3473