Pincher Creek Emergency Services is an integrated fire, rescue, ambulance, and medical first response organization serving the communities of Pincher Creek, Beaver Mines, Lundbreck and surrounding area.
Our department is led by Chief David Cox, and deputy chiefs Pat Neumann and Margaret Cox. In addition, the department is served by an administrative section, and a group of volunteer firefighters as well as full-time and casual medical responders in Pincher Creek, Lundbreck and Beaver Mines.
It is estimated that 70 percent of Canada’s firefighters are volunteers. Smaller towns and the rural areas between them do not have the tax base to support a fully paid fire department. Canada is a sparsely-populated, vast country and thus, the only way many Canadians have access to firefighting services is through their own community members who have volunteered. However, many volunteer firefighters are formally trained to the same professional standards as professional firefighters, and Pincher Creek Emergency Services fully encourages and supports this initiative.
Although emergency services departments like ours are known for bravery while battling blazes and for wailing ambulances rushing to the scene of an emergency, what we really do is just help people. Whether it’s cutting the roof off a vehicle to extricate the patients inside, administering life-saving CPR, or holding a patient’s hand on the way to the hospital, we want to be there when you need us the most.
As Chief, it has been a tremendous honour to lead our team. Whether they are full-time, part-time, casual or volunteer members, our emergency medical professionals and our firefighters are passionate about their work because they care for their communities and neighbours.
Pincher Creek Emergency Services has more than a century of history serving our great communities, and we’re committed to serving for the next hundred years too.
- Chief David Cox