Clandonald Volunteer Fire Dept.

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Back Row L-R Randy Bardoel, Murray Smith, Lyle Wyness, Lyle Lawrence, Taylor Brodbin, Brent Farrell, Ryan Bardoel

2nd Row L-R Simon Bodurka, Jason McPhee, Pat Huxley, Tracy Snider

Front Row L-R Yvette Lawrence, Travis Nicolson, Josh Anderson, Terry Stachniak, Ivan Bardoel, Shamus Martin, Travis Stachniak

The Volunteer Fire Department has served the community for many years, starting out with only a small trailer type of chemical wagon housed in a small shed along Railway Avenue just west of the current Fire Hall. The original fire bell from these early beginnings can be seen on display at the Agricultural Society Grounds. The 1963 GMC that served the community from the 1970s well into the 1990s can be seen resting in front of the Fire Hall. Gradually through the years the department has grown to what it is today. In 1998 the County of Vermilion River supplied a more modern truck to the hamlet, and asked that six dedicated members sign on to serve the community as voluntary staff for a new fire hall. Fire Chief Ken Lawrence Jr. gathered the membership required, and a new fire hall was built.


Around that same time, members began taking fire training through the Alberta Fire Training School in Vermilion (now part of Lakeland College). While this training greatly enhanced the abilities of the department members, it brought to light how inadequately equipped the department was to handle serious fires. Local members, citizens, and businesses donated funding and held fundraisers to purchase new equipment. Eventually enough money was raised to purchase a certified fire pumper for the hamlet.

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The start to the new millennium brought with it a devastating drought. The department attended record numbers of calls through these years, including a major fire at the Clandonald School. Sadly the east end of the building, housing the Friendship Club and Kindergarten, was lost. But thanks to the tireless and well trained efforts of our members and community, the rest of the school was saved.

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In 2005, the need for upgraded equipment for the department was recognized. The growth in ability of the department, and growth in the area had increased the demand for Emergency Services. The County of Vermilion River supplied a new fire pumper to the department, as well as constructed a new, much larger fire hall on Railway Avenue. Members also continued to train through the Fire School, and currently over half our members are fully NFPA 10-01 certified. Our department has also taken Emergency Medical Responder training through NAIT, and we have supplied a host of equipment for medical and MVA incident response. We work in conjunction with the Dewberry First Responders to ensure prompt response in cases of medical emergencies and accidents.

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The Clandonald Fire Department works in conjunction with other departments in the County of Vermilion River to supply mutual aid to surrounding community's as well and bordering counties. We respond to approximately 40 calls per year.

We are always seeking to improve. If you have any questions, suggestions, or are interested in becoming a member:

Call Fire Chief Ivan Bardoel (780)787-0020, or Lyle Lawrence (780) 581-8388

Friends of Clandonald Sustainability Foundation 2014