Red Deer County was able to continue to facilitate Public Event requests when COVID-19 restrictions allowed, by working collaboratively with Alberta Health Services (AHS). Although there was a decline in permits this past year, those who did move forward with hosting events took all the necessary steps to ensure that they were operating safely and within COVID-19 guidelines.
Moving forward as we progress into a new year, we look forward to working with event organizers to ensure safe and successful events in the upcoming year. For proactive event planning, public event information or to apply for a public event permit, please refer to our website at www.rdcounty.com. For any questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search and Rescue (SAR)
Red Deer County Search and Rescue (SAR) is a volunteer group trained in various ground rescue techniques, that respond to incidents within the County and provide assistance to the RCMP on missing person and evidence searches conducted throughout Alberta.
In 2021, members of Red Deer County SAR attended ten missing person searches for the RCMP. Although the COVID-19 pandemic provided some challenges, team members also participated as much as they could in specialized events and training exercises to upgrade and maintain their skills. In October, new members attended a six-day Basic Search and Rescue skills course which now classifies the participants as Searchers on the team. Plans are underway to have seasoned members attend Team Leader and Search Manager courses in 2022.
Red Deer County would like to thank the volunteers for their continued service to the team and the community that we serve.
Red Deer County Fire Services experienced a record year for calls in 2021, responding to over 800 calls for service throughout the County and in the urban municipalities of Bowden, Delburne & Elnora.
This past year, Fire Services had some exciting new additions, with a replacement Engine and Tender for the Elnora Fire District and a Tender for Red Deer District’s Station 1. Fourteen new firefighters were also added to the team and although the COVID-19 pandemic continued to present challenges, firefighters were still able to take part in variety of training opportunities throughout the year to further their skills.
Fire Services would like to thank all our partnerships that help us to better serve our community.
Protective Services Training Centre
This past year, Red Deer County Protective Services moved forward with the development of an indoor and outdoor training center. This facility will provide a multifaceted training experience unlike any other in preparedness training and evolving skills.
The outdoor portion of the training center will give our firefighters and rescue personnel the ability to train on simulated calls such as high angle, single family residents and multi story residents. The indoor portion will provide hands on training in survivability, confined space, rope, high angle and structural collapse.
Research shows that for every dollar spent in preparedness training, six to seven dollars is saved on response to recovery. Red Deer County Protective Services looks forward to completing this exciting initiative that will enhance training for our members and provide a space for valuable collaborative training with other agencies.
Red Deer County Community Peace Officers (CPO’s) had another busy year conducting patrols on County roads, Crown and County land, and boat patrols during the warmer months. Our Patrol team, which includes six full time Level One Community Peace Officers, identified over 2,200 traffic infractions in the County this past year.
In addition to traffic enforcement, County Patrol provides support to several County departments and outside agencies – assisting Red Deer County Search and Rescue (SAR) and the RCMP with numerous missing persons searches, providing traffic control at motor vehicle collisions when requested by County Fire and the RCMP, and working with residents and County staff to ensure that County bylaws are being followed. Three officers were also trained this past year to fly drones, a technology that has provided huge value and benefits when conducting missing person searches, working on fire related matters and accident investigations.
CPO’s continued to worked closely this past year with the RCMP to deal with the displaced persons issues along with rural crime, and as part of Patrol’s proactive approach to crime management, worked collaboratively with the RCMP to provide education to our residents on licence plate theft, also providing anti-theft licence plate screws to those who attended hosted events. County Patrol continued to attend meetings throughout the year at all seven of the Rural Crime Watch groups within the County, and now have four officers who are trained to complete Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessments for property owners and businesses at their request. CPTED assessments can be booked free of charge by contacting Red Deer County Patrol at 403-343-6301 or by emailing email@example.com with the subject line "CPTED Request".
Although it was a busy year, County Patrol was able to spend some time out in the community and hosted three bike rodeos during the Spring and Summer months to educate youth on bike safety. They also took part in the Stay-home Superheroes parades, along with our Fire Services and Search and Rescue Team, to celebrate our young residents who had birthdays during COVID-19 restrictions. To finish off the year, CPO’s worked with numerous RCMP detachments to perform check stops within the County to keep our roads safe during the holiday season.
County Patrol continues to develop and adapt to the needs of the residents of Red Deer County to ensure Red Deer County is the best place to live work and grow.