About the JVFB
The Jasper Volunteer Fire Brigade is a dedicated group of volunteers who provide the Jasper townsite and Jasper National Park front country with firefighting and rescue services. The JVFB operates with just over 30 volunteer members in addition to a full time Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief who are employed by the Municipality of Jasper. The member list shows very diverse individual backgrounds and occupations, with a common desire to help our community, its residents, and visitors. This is evident in not only the emergency services that they provide but also in their involvement and support in the community. The JVFB supports many local events as well as organisations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Society, the Lou Gehrig's Disease society, the Alberta Burn Victims Rehabilitation Society, Jasper Minor Sports, the Jasper Food Bank, the High School scholarship program, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Minor sports and many others.
The department operates out of Jasper's Emergency Services Building with a service area that includes all of Jasper National Park as well as up to sixty kilometers into British Columbia to assist with motor vehicle collisions, hazardous materials operations, fires, and other front country rescue services.
Mutual aid for the JVFB is provided by Parks Canada, Jasper Park Lodge, the Hinton Fire Department, Yellowhead County, and the Valemount Fire Department. The Municipality provides all necessary fire fighting equipment as well as one ladder truck/aerial, two pump trucks, one rescue truck, one water tanker, a Structural Protection Unit trailer, and two command vehicles.
Training is conducted weekly during 2.5 hour sessions. Training topics include: low angle rescue, swift water rescue, wildland firefighting, vehicle extrication, hazardous goods response, ice rescue, vehicle and structural firefighting among many other topics. Additional training is undertaken by JVFB members through attendance at courses provided by instructional organizations such as the Alberta Fire Training School. Members work towards, or have attained, the NFPA 1001 Firefighter standard, with many members seeking the 1002 certification level. The Jasper Fire Department employs the Incident Command System in all emergency responses.
In addition to emergency response the JVFB is very active in community fire prevention and fire education. This is accomplished by operating programs in the Jasper High School, Elementary School and Pre-schools, as well as offering public fire extinguisher training, open houses, fire prevention week programs, and residential inspections.