Leduc County sending additional firefighters, equipment to High Level fires

Leduc County Fire Services deployed additional firefighters and equipment this morning to help fight the wildfires near High Level.

In response to the Provincial Operations Centre request for additional assistance, five paid, on-call firefighters and a spare pumper truck were dispatched at 10:30 a.m. today to provide assistance for as long as required.

This deployment will provide much-needed support to help fight the out-of-control wildfires near High Level, and will not impact the service provided in Leduc County fire districts. We are pleased to offer support to our fellow Albertans while ensuring we don't compromise fire and rescue services in our region.

Keven Lefebvre, fire chief

This crew is in addition to the pair of paid on-call firefighters and spare tanker which were deployed on May 22; two pairs of firefighters have since been dispatched to relieve this group, for a total of six paid, on-call firefighters taking shifts. Crews will continue to be relieved by other paid, on-call firefighters for as long as required.

We are proud of and grateful to our paid on-call firefighters for their dedication to Leduc County Fire Services. We sincerely thank them for their service to  businesses and residents in our borders, as well as to other communities in need. We also thank the families and main employers of these firefighters for allowing them to do this incredibly important work.

Keven Lefebvre, fire chief 

The fire risk in central and northern Alberta is extreme. For updates on Alberta wildfires, visit emergency.alberta.ca.

A fire restriction remains in effect for Leduc County until further notice.