For many years the municipality contracted with neighbouring municipalities for fire protection services.
However, with an increasing demand for emergency preparedness and increasing costs for services, it became obvious that the municipality should be providing this service themselves.
In 2004 a by-law was passed creating the Whitehead Fire Department and the quest for a fire chief, volunteers, and equipment began.
Gary Parks accepted the position of Fire Chief and next came the search for the volunteers, which ended being easier then expected. An overwhelming number of residents came forward offering their time for training and volunteering as firefighters for the municipality. Twelve individuals were picked for the first round of Firefighting Level 1 training.
Fifteen more volunteers came forward for training and in the spring of 2006 Council and the Whitehead Fire Department were confident they could now service the people. Instructions were given to 911 that the Whitehead Fire Department would respond to fire emergencies in the municipality.
Sadly, Gary Parks passed away in September of 2009.
Kelly Crossen (formerly the Deputy Chief) has most ably stepped into the position of Fire Chief with Jeff Owens stepping into the role as Deputy Fire Chief.
As of March 2017, we have close to 30 qualified and dedicated volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the RM Office for more information.