9-1-1 Emergency Service
Beginning in 2003, all residents in the R.M. of Pense are able to dial 9-1-1 for Police, EMS and Fire service from a landline or cellular phone.
Police protection service is provided to the municipality by the White Butte and Moose Jaw detachments of the R.C.M.P. The Moose Jaw R.C.M.P. (306-691-4670) looks after the west boundary of the municipality up to and including Grid 642. The White Butte R.C.M.P. (306-781-5050) looks after the east boundary of the R.M. up to Grid 642.
Ratepayers with Security/Fire Alarm Systems
The Pense Volunteer Fire Department has informed us that they will be charging for all fire department responses to alarms including false alarms. Our fire fighting service is on a "fee for service" basis, so the owner/recipient of the service will be invoiced. Note: it can cost $1000 plus for the Pense Volunteer Fire Department, to respond to a call and return to the firehall – this is without performing any service.
If you have or plan to have an alarm system installed, it is very important that you provide the alarm monitoring company with accurate information, such as:
- name of rural municipality (Pense No. 160);
- name and phone number of the Fire Department that will respond Pense Volunteer Fire Department 306-525-3999 – these numbers are required as alarm companies are not allowed to use the 9-1-1 system);
- correct legal land description;
- emergency response number (numbered sign in your driveway).
Please call the office for more information. Contact
Reporting Controlled Burns
All controlled or planned burns must be reported to the Provinical Dispatch Services at 1-866-404-4911 in advance to avoid a false alarm. If a controlled burn has not been reported, a landowner will find him/herself facing a substantial fire bill if a well meaning passerby reports a fire.
Fire Fighting Service Costs
Property owners are responsible for paying the cost of fighting fires on their property. Please review your fire insurance policy, especially your deductible, to ensure it meets your needs.
The following is the schedule of rates for fire callout fees, effective July 1, 2019:
- 1st Pumper fire truck $1,200 for the first hour and $650 for every hour after.
- 2nd Pumper fire truck $750 per hour.
- Tanker $650 per hour.
- Quick response vehicle $1,200 for the first hour and $650 for every hour after.
- Support vehicle $100 per hour.
- Refill of breathing apparatus tanks and foam will be billed out as cost recovery.
- One hour minimum will be applied.
- Time shall be calculated from the time a unit leaves the Pense Fire Hall until it returns. Any time lost through malfunction of firefighting equipment shall be deducted.
- Third Party Department as per the total cost as invoiced by the third party.
Pense District Volunteer Fire Department
The R.M. of Pense and the Town of Pense share the costs (50/50) of establishing, maintaining and operating the voluntary fire fighting organization. The joint firehall is attached to the R.M. office and is located at 324 Elder Street in the Town of Pense.
Current volunteer list (includes First Responders):
- Dave Smith, Fire Chief
- Ken Lovell, Deputy Fire Chief
- Tyler McDonald, Deputy Fire Chief Training Officer
- Jennifer Lendvay, Secretary/Treasurer
- Wally Andrews, Fire Fighter
- Connor Bates, Fire Fighter
- Kristina Coard, Fire Fighter/First Responder
- Ken Foley, Fire Fighter/First Responder
- Sydney French, Fire Fighter
- Colin Frey, Fire Fighter/First Responder
- Michael Gray, Fire Fighter/First Responder
- Ryan Lawrence, Fire Fighter
- Jensen Lovell, Fire Fighter
- Kristian Peachey, Fire Fighter
- Jason Prokopetz, Fire Fighter
- Brian Saal, Fire Fighter
- Shannon Schouten, Fire Fighter/First Responder
- Howard Sharpe, Fire Fighter
- Jessy Stowe, Fire Fighter
- Dale Wood, Fire Fighter/First Responder
- Craig Young, Fire Fighter
- Glorianne Bjerland, First Responder
- Michael Bjerland, First Responder
- Nicole Smith, First Responder