Central Alberta firefighters helping tackle High Level wildfires

Three Red Deer County firefighters and one from Innisfail arrived on scene Thursday morning

Central Alberta firefighters have joined the fight to contain to huge wildfires near High Level.

Three Red Deer County and firefighters and one from Innisfail arrived in the High Level area this morning. The county is sending a fire engine that can carry 13,600 litres of water and all four firefighters are pump operators and trained in structural and wild land firefighting.

County community and protective services director Dave Brand said the province requested their help through a referral from Clearwater County.

“We will gladly support this effort with available resources as long as required.”

Last weekend, Clearwater County Regional Fire Services sent a structure protection crew and equipment to High Level.

Central Alberta firefighters have been there when needed numerous times in the past.

Last summer, more than a dozen Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services firefighters and a pair from Sylvan Lake Fire Department in five crews rotated in and out of the wildfire front lines in the B.C. interior for five weeks through July and August.

In 2017, Red Deer County sent six firefighters to provide logistical support to the RCMP special tactical operations team southern Alberta was hit by huge wildfires in the Waterton area.

They took the county’s incident command post and deployment trailers for that operation.

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