Sparwood, British Columbia

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The District of Sparwood, with a population of 3,600 as of 2006, is located in the southeast corner of BC, 30km east of Fernie. RCMP services are provided by the Elk Valley Regional RCMP detachment. Sparwood is served by the Sparwood Fire Department. Emergency health services are provided to the city by the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS).


Sparwood is served by a regional RCMP service, Elk Valley RCMP; PRIME code 'EV'.


139.5600 - RCMP F
139.2450 - RCMP A (Flathead/Commerce Peak RPTR)


The Elk Valley RCMP are dispatched from the Kelowna Operational Communications Centre (OCC).


The Sparwood Fire Department (SFD) is a composite department operating out of 2 stations. The main hall located at 479 Pine Ave and the North Hall at 391 Ponderosa Dr. The fire department has 1 full-time fire chief and a complement of paid-on-call volunteers. SFD provides fire suppression, motor vehicle extrication and rescue services to the district. It does not provide first responder services for medical calls.


169.4875 - Dispatch


The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) operates 1 station located close to the Sparwood Health Centre.


149.6800 - Sparwood Interconnect ICTACT2
149.2600 - Sparwood Ridge Repeater RPTR K 

BCAS also uses these special operation channels throughout all of its regions which are dispatched on VHF frequencies.

158.7600 - Provincial Air Ambulance Operations - 123.0
149.4950 - Helicopter Air-to-Ground
149.5900 - Mass Casualty Incident - 123.0
155.4600 - FIRECOM 1
155.8900 - FIRECOM 2

Station 428

Station 428 is located at 603 Pine Ave, BC. This station runs a total of 2 car at one time although the second callout car is regularly not manned due to staffing shortages.

428K1 - BLS - Callout car 24/7
428K2 - BLS - Callout car 24/7

The station is manned entirely by part-time paramedics.

A common cross coverage location is Highway 3 in Hosmer for cars from Fernie, station 406.


The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) provides airevac air ambulance helicopter services to the East Kootenay region of the province. STARS is billed to the Province of BC for each flight. Certain BCAS MPDS criteria may lead to an autolaunch of STARS. BCAS paramedics may also request STARS be launched once on scene based on certain injuries. When a BCAS crew activates STARS it may be directed to the scene or to intercept at the hospital. STARS may also respond to the hospital based on a doctor's request. STARS flying time to Cranbrook from their Calgary Airport base is 57 minutes


422.55 - STARS Tac (On Scene Communications)


C - Aviation Crew
P - Flight Paramedic
N - Flight Nurse


Sparwood Search and Rescue operates Search and Rescue operations in the area.


149.525 - Morrisey Repeater 
148.685 - Simplex/Talk around
149.495 - Sparwood Repeater

Forest Service

Information on the Forest Service can be found through the following wiki pages

South East Fire Centre
British Columbia Forest Service
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