Cardston County's protective services are provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. We have two RCMP detachments in the County:
Sgt. Kevin Wright
P.O Box 1130
179 W 200 N
Administration: (403) 752-4747
Fax: (403) 752-3614
Sgt. Ryan Hodge
P.O Box 669
145 Main Street
Administration: (403) 653-4932
Fax: (403) 653-1720
If you require immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1
Cardston County operates four volunteer fire departments. In the Cardston area, we have the Cardston County Emergency Services Authority, which is a partnership between Cardston County, the Town of Cardston, and the Villages of Hill Spring and Glenwood to provide fire and emergency response. The Magrath area is serviced by the Magrath and District Emergency Services, which is a partnership between Cardston County and the Town of Magrath. All of our fire departments are staffed through dedicated volunteers.
In addition to the Cardston and Magrath fire departments which are parternships, Cardston County operates two of its own fire departments in the Del Bonita and Hill Spring / Glenwood area. Our volunteer fire departments are the following:
- Del Bonita (County)
- Mid River (County and the Villages of Hill Spring and Glenwood)
- Magrath (Cardston County and the Town of Magrath)
- Cardston County Emergency Services Authority (Cardston County and the Town of Cardston)
Ambulance Response and Hospital Services
Ambulance services in Alberta are managed by the provincial government under Alberta Health Services. You can find more information on the Alberta Health Services website.
Cardston and area is served by the Cardston Health Centre under Alberta Health Services. The Cardston Health Centre is an acute and continuing care facility offering 24-hour emergency, palliative care, and obstetrics and surgical services, and also features a long-term care facility.
There is also the the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge that provides services including 24-hour emergency, obstetrics, surgery, acute geriatrics, mental health, acute care, acute geriatrics and intensive care.
Cardston County contributes annually to STARS Air Ambulance. We recommend that all of our residents also consider donating, and that our residents living in rural areas register their properties as registered sites with the STARS Emergency Link Centre.
Alberta Emergency Alerts
Disaster can occur anywhere, at anytime. It is your responsibility to ensure you are prepared if a disaster occurs. Alberta Emergency Alerts are issued to assist you—providing you with critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is occurring and what action you need to take. Alerts are distributed to the public through various outlets including:
- Radio and Television
- RSS Feed
- Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Road Signage
- Alberta Emergency Alert App
Alberta’s public safety system is susceptible to a wide range of weather, industrial and human created risks. Getting prepared for an emergency or disaster is your best bet for helping keep you and your family safe when disaster strikes. Being prepared means:
- Knowing the risks in your community and the most appropriate way to respond to them. Contact your local municipal emergency management office for advice on identifying the risks in your area.
- Making a plan for what your family will do, who they will contact, and where they will go in the event of an emergency and practicing it regularly.
- Pulling together a 72-hour kit with enough non-perishable food, water, medication, warm clothing and comfort items for all family members. Similarly, you should make a ready-to-go kit in case you need to evacuate your home quickly.
Our Director of Emergency Management is responsible for developing and coordinating an emergency mangement program that ensures we are prepared, able to respond, and able to recover from emergencies and disasters, as able to assist our neighbouring municipalities to maintain a high level of emergency preparedness. Cardston County has agreements with the Blood Tribe, Town of Cardston, Town of Magrath, and the Villages of Hill Spring and Glenwood to provide and receive assistance during emergencies and disasters.
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), under the authority of the Emergency Management Act, leads the coordination and cooperation of all organizations involved in emergencies and disasters. This includes emergency and disaster:
The agency also works to ensure vital public services, such as government services and first responders, are available during a crisis.