At 1:22 p.m. on July 22 eight members were sent to a house in Lakeview Estates where alarms were ringing. Steam from the shower had accidentally activated the sensitive alarm and crews stood down.
On August 2 just before midnight the BFD were called to the end of Highway #12A west of Bentley where a truck pulling a trailer and boat overshot the dead end, took a frightening ride down the steep ditch and rolled. Both occupants were out of the vehicle upon arrival. Fortunately, an off-duty physician was passing by and had stopped to help, and also called 911. The driver had minor injuries but the passenger was in bad shape and was carefully loaded into the waiting ambulance for the trip to the hospital. The BFD did minor traffic control until released by EMS.
At 6:06 a.m. on August 24 fourteen members were sent to a single-vehicle accident on Range Road 28-3 southeast of Bentley. A truck travelling north had left the road, hit the gravel and jumped an approach before coming to rest in a shelter belt of evergreen trees. The morning traffic was controlled while the injured driver and lone occupant was assisted into the waiting ambulance.
Another call was received immediately after this one, this time a request for Mutual Aid from Eckville Fire Department for an MVA at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 766 west of Bentley. The three vehicles involved were difficult to seen in the extremely foggy conditions and traffic was relatively heavy at that time in the morning so BFD crews assisted with traffic control while the roadways were cleaned up and vehicles towed away.
At 6:16 p.m. that same day a call came in of a watercraft in distress on Gull Lake, somewhere south of Stoner’s Landing on the west side. The Lacombe Fire Department was immediately called to assist since they have a rescue boat. It was ascertained there were five people on board, none of them injured. A sudden storm had come up and they were not able to reach shore. Meanwhile the boat was taking on water. Crews were not able to get a visual on the boat in the stormy conditions but a passing motorist found them and they were towed safely to shore.
At 5:31 on August 26 members were sent to another alarms call, this time in Birch Bay. This turned out to be a false alarm caused by car exhaust in the garage.
At 9:37 that same night fifteen members were sent to a vehicle vs deer incident on Highway 12 and Range Road 2-4 west of town. The driver was safely out of the car; the deer was not so lucky, lying dead in the north ditch. The driver was checked over by EMS but not transported to hospital. The BFD managed traffic and cleaned up the roadway before leaving the scene.
On August 31 at 2:29 p.m. crews were sent to a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highways #12 and #20. One patient was extricated and then loaded into the ambulance to be transported to hospital. A passenger from another vehicle was packaged into another ambulance. The BFD did traffic control meanwhile and once EMS cleared the scene, cleaned up the roadways of debris and re-opened the highways.
Summer is finally here and as usual for the season your fire department's call volume is rising with seven calls to report:
At 4:55 p.m. on May 25 sixteen members were sent to a structure fire west of Bentley. Eckville Fire Department was immediately called for assistance. A mobile home with attached building was involved, with the main house fully engulfed and the attached unit being threatened. Nearly seven hours were spent extinguishing the blaze using water and foam and while the mobile was completely destroyed and the attachment seriously damaged no lives were lost.
On May 21 at 11:20 p.m. crews responded to a call of an outside fire at the Bentley Transfer Station where the fire burning earlier in the burn pit had re-ignited. Firefighters soaked the pit and surrounding grassy areas thoroughly to prevent a re-kindle.
At 10:24 p.m. on June 1 eight members were called to a Bentley residence where a rather large campfire was burning. The yard and fire pit were checked and the resident was advised to reduce the fire's size and extinguish it completely when finished enjoying it.
On June 3 at 5:40 p.m. crews were sent to a rural property northwest of Bentley where a large grassfire was burning and had entered the surrounding trees. A power line over the area had come down, thanks to a dead tree which had fallen across it. Fortis and Equs were both notified and a technician was dispatched to remedy the situation. Firefighters meanwhile brought the fire under control and then extinguished it. There were no injuries and once the very large area was re-checked for hot spots the scene was turned back over to the property owner.
At 10:17 p.m. on June 4 fourteen members were sent to the Stoner's Landing boat launch area on the west side of Gull Lake, where a fisherman had noticed an idling truck and empty boat trailer backed down the ramp. The boat was moored at the end of the dock with no one in sight and the fisherman made the unhappy discovery of an unresponsive person in the water nearby. The patient was brought to shore by firefighters and into the care of EMS and waiting RCMP.
On June 9 at 12:36 p.m. seven members were sent to another Mutual Aid call, this time to Lacombe Fire Department, for a structure fire in their area. Crews were stood down once the LFD determined they had the situation managed.
And on June 12 ten firefighters were sent to an accident on Highway 12 west of Bentley. A van and two motorcycles were involved, with the two motorcyclists found lying in the south ditch. The van's driver and passengers were relatively uninjured but both riders appeared to have serious injuries. One was taken by ambulance to hospital while STARS air ambulance was dispatched to pick up the other. Traffic was being managed up to this point but now the highway was completely closed to set up a landing zone on the roadway. Firefighters assisted in the landing and the patient was carefully loaded and sent quickly to the hospital.
At 8:18 p.m. on April 20 twelve members were sent to an outside fire on Highway 12 west of Bentley. A burning fire pit had spread to the surrounding grass and brush and the landowners had called for help, then were able to put out the fire themselves. Bentley's Rapid truck was sent with a crew to check for complete extinguishment.
On April 22 at 11:29 a.m. a call was received of alarms ringing at a rural home. Crews were stood down at the hall once it was verified by the homeowner and the alarm company that a child in the house had pushed a button on the alarm panel. Oops!
At suppertime on May 11 BFD members were sent to an outside fire northwest of Bentley. A controlled burn had turned into an uncontrolled burn when the wind suddenly picked up and spun into a dust devil, turning the burning bales into a fire tornado! The landowner, relatives and friends ploughed a quick firebreak while firefighters attacked the very large perimeter with portable water backpacks and brooms. The fire got very close to cattle pasture, machinery sheds and a residence but no one was hurt and no buildings were damaged.
At 6:15 p.m. on May 12 crews were called to the intersection of Highways 12 and 20, where a car and a pickup truck had collided, sending the car into the intersection and the truck over onto its side on the east shoulder. All parties were safely out of their respective vehicles and other motorists had stopped to help so traffic control was quickly set up in all directions and patients were attended to by EMS once they arrived. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt so firefighters safely transferred belongings to other vehicles while other crews cleaned spilled fluids off the highways. Once RCMP had concluded their investigation the roads were opened in all directions.
And on May 18 at 10:41 a.m. eight crew members were sent to another alarms call, this time at a shop in a rural area. Firefighters were stood down once the owner arrived on scene and notified an officer, who checked and ascertained this to be a false alarm.
On May 5 our newest BFD members finished their training with a two-day stint at the burn tower in Red Deer's Training Centre. Many months of weekends and weeknights of bookwork and practical training culminated in the final test; live fire in a controlled environment.
Congratulations Kenton, Paul and Chris on a job well done!
As the weather has been warming up our call volume is steadily rising, after a full month with not a single call!
At 10:57 p.m. on March 23 sixteen members were called out to assist Sylvan Lake Fire Department with a structure fire on Twp Rd 39-4. Fortunately, no one was trapped inside the home but crews in Bentley's Tender spent three hours shuttling water to the scene.
On March 25 at 5:08 a.m. a call was received of a vehicle vs deer accident on Highway #20 north of Bentley. The driver was in EMS care and BFD crews managed traffic and cleaned up fluid spills before clearing the scene.
At 5:59 p.m. on April 1 members were sent to RR 1-2 just north of Bentley, where a single vehicle had left the gravel road and hit the ditch, striking a power pole in the process. There were some injuries to the driver and passenger so they were attended to until EMS arrived and could examine them. Fortis was notified to deal with the damaged pole and traffic was controlled while RCMP conducted their investigation.
Shortly before midnight on April 12 sixteen members responded to a vehicle fire on RR 1-2 and Twp Rd 40-0. An unoccupied truck was fully involved upon crew’s arrival and situated close to a waterway so caution was exercised during its extinguishment to avoid runoff into the river. Once the fire was out the scene was turned over to attending RCMP.
And on April 13 over the supper hour fifteen members were sent to a two-vehicle accident on Highway #20, just north of Twp Rd 40-2. A southbound car had left the road and hit the ditch, flipping several times, striking a power pole and taking out a barbed-wire fence. Flying debris struck an unfortunate northbound vehicle. The two drivers were out of their respective cars upon BFD's arrival. Once again Fortis was notified of the incident and a member was dispatched to investigate. EMS examined both patients and one was transported to hospital. Traffic had to be controlled during this busy time of day and we thank drivers for their patience. Once the RCMP was finished and crews had cleaned up the highway both lanes were re-opened.
It is not just all work and no play for your fire department!
On April 7 many new recruits from departments across the County got together to practice what they learned in the classroom. Instructors from Lacombe Fire Department put our newest volunteers through their paces with hose drills and water management. It was a beautiful sunny day and nobody stayed dry! Many skills were learned and plenty of fun was had by all.
Bentley District Fire Department is excited to introduce to you our newest member
At 8:38 a.m. on January 27 thirteen members were sent to a rural residence where alarms were ringing in the property's shop. According to the homeowner the strong wind blowing that day may have triggered the alarm and crews were stood down once a false alarm was established.
Shortly before noon on February 5 crews were called to a single vehicle accident on the bridge just east of Highway #20 on Highway #12. An eastbound vehicle had spun out on the slippery roadway and clipped the north guardrail before heading into the south ditch. EMS examined the driver whose injuries were seemingly minor while firefighters controlled the traffic and cleaned the roadway of car parts and fluids. The car was quickly towed and RCMP released the fire department from the scene.
On February 12 at 6:59 a.m. eleven members were sent to an accident on Highway #20 south of Rainy Creek Road. A southbound vehicle had collided with a truck heading north. Both vehicles were off the road and both drivers were safely out when crews arrived so they were examined by EMS while fire crews handled the morning traffic in the freezing cold.
Firefighters were awakened at 2:02 a.m. on Valentine’s Day to a report of a single-vehicle MVA on Highway #20, about 1 mile south of Rainy Creek Road. The driver was carefully nursing his ailing vehicle home when one of the wheels came off, rolling down into the east ditch. The front wheel assembly had become hot and started a fire which had self-extinguished before fire crews arrived so the TIC camera was used to determine hot spots and the entire area was thoroughly doused. The driver was uninjured and the BFD was released once the tow truck arrived.
At 11:37 that same morning nine members responded to a Mutual Aid call from Lacombe FD for a structure fire in their area, on Highway #12 just west of Highway #2. Bentley was released once the LFD confirmed a false alarm with the business owner who they met at the scene.
And on February 15 at 1:08 p.m. crews responded to a call of an accident on Aspelund Road and RR 28-3. Two vehicles had collided near the Aspelund Community Hall, sending one of them into the north ditch and the other blocking the westbound lane of Aspelund Rd. There were no apparent injuries but the BFD spent some time cleaning the roadway of leaked fluid while awaiting the tow truck's arrival.
At 3:55 p.m. on Christmas Day crews were sent to a call of alarms ringing. This proved to be a malfunctioning smoke detector and was ruled a false alarm and the fire department was stood down.
Shortly after noon on December 31 nearly all the members responded to a two-vehicle accident south of town at the intersection of Twp. Rd. 40-2 and RR 1-2. A southbound vehicle and one heading west had collided and sent both into the south ditch, overturning one of them in the process. The driver of the upended car was trapped and required extrication. Firefighters carefully cut out the patient and both drivers were examined by EMS while traffic was managed at the scene. One patient was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
At 8 p.m. that same evening fifteen members responded to a Mutual Aid call from Eckville for a structure fire in their area. This was confirmed to be a controlled burn and Bentley was stood down.
Eighteen firefighters were awakened at 2:37 in the morning on New Year's Day to a Mutual Aid request from Sylvan Lake FD for a structure fire near Sunbreaker Cove. Bentley's Tender was required to shuttle water to the rural location. Fortunately, all of the occupants were out of the home and as the house was nearly engulfed a defensive attack was used to keep the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties.
At noon on January 2 thirteen members responded to another alarms call, this time at a Bentley home. All the residents wisely evacuated to a neighbour's to call 911. The basement carbon monoxide detector had activated so ATCO was notified and the BFD checked for elevated levels of CO2. None was found so a new detector was given to the homeowner and crew members stayed at the scene until ATCO arrived to investigate.
Early in the morning on January 3 crews were sent to an MVA on Highway 12A, immediately west of the train tracks. The eastbound truck was found just off the road and into the snowy south ditch with the driver found unconscious inside. The vehicle was stabilized, the driver was roused and sent into the care of attending EMS. The BFD handled the minor early-morning traffic and was later released by the RCMP.
On January 7 at 10:36 p.m. crews were sent to another alarms call in Bentley where the resident had accidentally activated the alarm while cleaning. After speaking with the homeowner this was deemed a false alarm and members returned to the hall.
And on January 14 at 3:26 in the afternoon seven members responded to a call to assist EMS with a Bentley resident. The patient was carefully loaded into the ambulance and one firefighter drove it to the hospital while paramedics attended to the patient in the back for the trip.
Firefighters were called out early on Saturday, December 29 for a mock "ice rescue" scenario at the Lacombe County pond where 5 people had fallen through the ice. Members practiced their techniques and re-certified while the newest recruits learned ice rescue skills.
2018 was another busy year for your fire department with call volume down just slightly from 2017 at 81 calls from December 1, 2017 to December 1, 2018. The calls are as follows:
Structure Fires: 2
Outside Fires: 15
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 10
Vehicle Fires: 5
EMS Assists: 6
Citizen Assists: 1
Alarms Ringing: 11
Electrical Hazards: 1
Gas Leak: 1
Ice/Water Rescue: 1
Boat Rescue: 2
Mutual Aid: 26 (mutual aid to Lacombe, Eckville, Rimbey and Ponoka West)
At 2:57 p.m. on December 5 sixteen members were sent to a rural property northwest of Bentley, to a reported structure fire. Eckville Fire Department was called for Mutual Aid. The homeowner had left in the morning and arrived home in the afternoon to the sound of the smoke alarm and the smell of smoke in the air. When the door was opened smoke billowed out so 911 was called. Fortunately, no one was home at the time. Firefighters conducted an investigation of the interior and it was discovered that the fire had extinguished itself, likely due to lack of oxygen to fuel itself in the reasonably weather- tight house. The TIC was used to ensure that temperatures were coming down and the ceiling was opened to make certain the fire had not spread to the attic. The home was heavily damaged but the family was able to eventually go in to salvage what items they could.
Early in the morning on December 6 crews were called out to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Aspelund Road and Rainy Creek Road. A southbound vehicle and one heading west had collided, sending each into separate ditches. All occupants were out and being tended to by EMS, who had arrived shortly before the BFD. None of the patients required transport to the hospital so firefighters did some minor hazmat and cleaned up the roadways before being released by the RCMP.
And on December 14 a call was received of a gas leak in Bentley. One business owner noticed a strong natural gas smell issuing from the business next door and another person was reportedly feeling sick because of it. The building was ventilated and investigated. The cause was the gas stove, whose pilot light had extinguished itself and proceeded to leak gas, thus the tell-tale odor. The owner shut off the valve to the stove and the gas company was notified. Firefighters remained until levels were safely lowered, then the scene was left in the owner's care, to await the gas company's arrival.
Even though call volume has been down a bit, we have been very busy! An Ice Rescue course was hosted by Bentley on December 14 and 15 with seventeen firefighters from across Lacombe County attending. The practical part was conducted at the Lacombe County office's pond in uncharacteristically beautiful weather.
We enjoyed having the Grade 4's from Bentley Elementary School come visit us for a tour on December 18. We love to have a good excuse to show what we do and explain the uses of all the tools and trucks. We hope you all had a good time and learned something new!
Your Fire Department is growing! We'd like to introduce to you all our two newest members;
Kenton Woyke and Christopher McLaren.
Thank you, gentlemen, for stepping up and committing to serve your community, we are really
looking forward to working with you both!
On October 22 at 5:23 p.m. eleven members were sent to Lacombe's area to assist the LFD while they were occupied with another call. An alarm was sounding in a residence on the east side of Gull Lake, just west of Lincoln Road. Dust in the attached garage had apparently triggered the alarm but a thorough investigation was conducted and revealed no heat, smoke or flame so a false alarm was declared.
At 4:59 p.m. on October 24 a call was received of an outside fire on Highway 12A near RR 1-1 just east of Bentley. A passerby had noticed 2 small fires in the ditch and called 911. Firefighters extinguished the flames and soaked the surrounding areas to prevent any re-kindles.
In the evening on October 27 crews were sent to another outside fire called in by a passerby. This turned out to be a monitored controlled burn with a permit in place.
On November 7 at 8:08 p.m. nine members responded to a call for Mutual Aid to Lacombe for another alarms incident. Crews were stood down once it was determined to be a false alarm.
Midafternoon on November 10 another Mutual Aid call was received, this time to assist Eckville Fire Department with a structure fire in their area. The reported kitchen fire was eventually extinguished by the homeowner and Bentley crews were stood down while Eckville continued on to investigate.
And on November 14 during the lunch hour six members were sent to Lacombe's area once again to help with a vehicle fire on Highway #2 just north of the Highway #12 inter- section. The driver of the 1-ton, freight-carrying truck noticed smoke from his vehicle, pulled over and got out before calling 911. Bentley crews were stood down once Lacombe had the situation under control.
We would like to thank all of the parents and kids who came by Bentley's fire hall on Halloween. We had a great time making the hall a little spooky, passing out lots of candy and checking out all your fantastic costumes! It was so well attended and we look forward to doing it again next year!
On September 22 at 10:54 a.m. thirteen members responded to a call for Mutual Aid to Eckville for an alarms ringing at a residence in their area. Bentley was stood down once EFD was on scene and the situation was under control.
At 3:51 p.m. that same day members were sent to another Mutual Aid call to assist Lacombe Fire Department with a watercraft rescue on Gull Lake. The SPOT satellite the kiteboarder had been wearing was accidentally activated, alerting the spouse who called 911. This individual was found safe and sound at the Sandy Point parking lot, completely unaware of the situation. BFD was released from the scene.
On September 30 at 7:39 p.m. crews were sent to assist Eckville once again, this time with a structure fire in their area. Once again Bentley was stood down en-route.
At 8:45 in the morning on October 2, ten members were sent to a 4-vehicle accident on Highway #20, just north of Aspelund Road. Two northbound vehicles had collided in the icy conditions while the two vehicles following had avoided the accident by leaving the road and hitting the east ditch. All patients were cared for until EMS' arrival, who examined them and sent two to hospital. The highway was closed for a time so all emergency personnel could work safely in the treacherous conditions. Two of the involved vehicles were towed, minor hazmat cleanup was done by the BFD and the highway was reopened.
On October 9 at 1:57 p.m. ten members responded to a vehicle fire, conveniently close to the hall on RR 1-1, just south of Highway #12A. A garbage truck was on fire; the driver had noticed smoke then flames issuing from the engine compartment and managed to pull over and park before evacuating and calling 911. Firefighters disconnected the sparking battery cables before dousing the truck with water and foam until the blaze was extinguished. Minor cleanup was done on the gravel roadway and the driver arranged for towing.
Just before 10 p.m. on October 12 crews responded to a Citizen Assist call. A concerned new resident near Aspen Beach reported a bright glow in the sky on the east side of Gull Lake. Investigation revealed no smoke or fire anywhere in the area but a strong light from the large greenhouses on Lincoln Road was deemed to be the culprit. This was declared a non-emergency.
On October 16 eight firefighters were sent to an outside fire on Highway #20 and Twp. Rd. 40-2 just southwest of Bentley which turned out to be a monitored, controlled burn with permit in place.
An hour later another call was received for Mutual Aid to Eckville for an MVA in their area. Bentley was stood down once it was established Eckville had the situation managed.
And at 2:22 p.m. that same day Bentley was sent into Eckville's area to assist them with an outside fire. A large area in a crop field was burning quickly due to some wind. Clearwater County was called in as well and the fire was brought under control then extinguished. Six dirty, tired firefighters returned to the hall for the messy cleanup.
We would like to thank you all for attending Bentley District Fire Department's open house on Monday, October 15. We enjoyed seeing familiar faces, meeting new folks and showing off the hall and all the interesting trucks and equipment we have inside!
Right after Open House we received a request from Lacombe Fire to help do a Mutual Aid training scenario involving two accidents occurring at the same time. One "accident" was a two-vehicle pileup and two patient extrications at Popow's and the other was a mock structure fire at the No Frills. It is always enjoyable to work with our mutual aid partners and learn new skills.
A two-day course studying fire behaviour was held October 20 and 21 at the Red Deer Training Centre and was attended by three members who gained valuable knowledge which they are eager to share with the rest of the department.
The Crestomere playgroup made their way to the Bentley fire hall for a tour on the morning of October 22. The seventeen boys and girls were able to learn all about the safety gear and equipment and finally explore all of the wonderful trucks. We hope you all had a great time!
And finally, we would like to introduce to you our newest member; Paul Keen. Paul owns a tow-truck business and we look forward to putting his skills to use. Welcome to the department Paul, we are happy to have you join us!
At 10:08 p.m. on August 22 fourteen members responded to an outside fire at Aspen Beach. A passerby had reported a bonfire on the beach. As a burn ban was in place at the time firefighters went to investigate what turned out to be a legal propane fire pit being enjoyed by campers at their campsite.
At 2:14 p.m. on August 24 five members were sent to an alarms call at a rural residence north of Bentley. The homeowner helpfully met and guided fire crews to the home. No smoke or flames were visible so firefighters investigated the basement area where the smoke alarm was ringing. Neither the thermal imaging camera nor the gas sniffer registered heat or unsafe CO levels so the homeowners were permitted to re-enter their house.
On August 26 at 10:29 p.m. eleven members were sent as Mutual Aid to Eckville for a structure fire at a mobile home in their area. The BFD was stood down once an addressing error was discovered and Red Deer Dispatch toned out Ponoka County West FD to attend.
Shortly before 2 p.m. on September 1 RCMP requested assistance in extinguishing an unattended bonfire on RR 1-2 south of Bentley. The BFD responded cold to the mostly-extinguished fire and soaked the area involved.
On September 7 at 6:49 p.m. crews were sent as Mutual Aid once again, this time to help Lacombe with an outside fire just north of the County Office. A baler in the field was on fire so Bentley's Tender was used to supply water to Lacombe's engine at the scene.
And at 10:03 p.m. on September 8 sixteen members raced to the scene of a reported structure fire on Woody Nook Road, just south of the church. Bentley, Lacombe and Blackfalds departments all responded. The driver passing through who had called it in was long gone and there was absolutely no sign of a fire but all surrounding areas were thoroughly searched with the only flame visible being a lazily belching flare stack nearby. Non-emergency for all three departments.
On September 10 we enjoyed a combined training with Lacombe Fire Department at Bentley's old fire hall, where many of our training obstacles had been set up the day before by some of our volunteers and their families- thanks to you all for your tireless help! Apologies to the neighbours nearby who I'm sure were a little curious and somewhat concerned. A smoke machine was utilized to simulate structure fire conditions and firefighters had to safely navigate various scenarios and escape alive. Lots of fun was had working with our closest Mutual Aid partners!
The BFD would like to invite you to our annual Open House coming up on Monday, October 15 from 6-8 p.m. All ages are welcome to come explore Bentley's fire hall, check out the apparatus, participate in some fun activities and learn some valuable safety information!
HALLOWEEN AT THE HALL!
Bring your kids to the Bentley Fire Hall on Wednesday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. Get out of the cold for a bit and meet your firefighters as you go from Engine to Rescue to Tender to Rapid collecting your Halloween goodies!
The fun lasts as long as the candy does!
At 2:17 p.m. on July 22 nine members were summoned to an outside fire along Highway #20 just south of Rainy Creek Road. Three large areas in the east ditch were burning so each was systematically contained and extinguished before adjacent wood buildings and surrounding trees could become involved. Attending RCMP helpfully provided traffic control.
On July 24 at 8:33 p.m. crews were sent to Sandy Point where a motorcycle had left the access road and hit the ditch, upending the rider. The patient was conscious and mobile but monitored until EMS arrived and could speak with him. No ambulance ride was needed but traffic was managed while RCMP investigated.
Mid-afternoon on July 27 eight members responded to a water rescue on Gull Lake near Sandy Point. As the BFD does not have a rescue boat, Lacombe was called in with Bentley providing ground support. No injuries were reported.
At 5:20 in the evening on July 29 fourteen members were sent as Mutual Aid to Eckville for a structure fire in their area. Crews were stood down en route once the EFD had the emergency under control.
Over the supper hour on July 30 seventeen BFD members responded to a fire at a rural residence on Rainy Creek Road. This turned out to be an outside fire which was threatening a treed area nearby. Landowners had the fire nearly put out and firefighters extinguished the remainder, soaked the area and checked for hot spots before leaving the scene to the homeowners.
On August 2 at 7:21 p.m. a call was received of alarms ringing at a business in Bentley. Crews were sent to investigate a heat sensor near the ceiling whose alarm had likely been triggered by lightning. A thorough investigation was conducted and nothing further was discovered so firefighters returned to the hall.
Shortly after 8 in the morning on August 5 ten members were sent to the scene of an accident on Highway #12 west of Bentley. The single eastbound vehicle had left the road and hit the ditch, rolling and coming to rest against a barbed-wire fence. The single occupant was alert and trying to exit but required help to do so. The car was carefully stabilized so it wouldn't roll further, then firefighters extricated the driver who was turned over to EMS care. Traffic meanwhile was monitored and crews were later released by the RCMP.
And at 3:02 a.m. on August 10 eleven members were sent to another outside fire near the intersection of Highway #20 and Rainy Creek Road. RCMP had called in this incident which turned out to be a fire in a pit. As a Lacombe County-wide burn ban was in effect, the fire was promptly extinguished.
We at the Bentley District Fire Department would like to thank those of you who stopped by to visit us at the RevMasters Show-n-Shine Concession during our rodeo weekend on Saturday, August 11. We appreciate your support and hope a great time was had by all!
At 6:14 on the morning of June 19 ten members were sent to a residence in Bentley where the homeowner had fallen due to a medical issue and could not get back up. The patient was cared for until EMS arrived and was then carefully moved to the ambulance for the trip to hospital.
At 5 pm on June 24 crews were alerted to a watercraft in distress on Gull Lake. Three people were stranded on a small vessel which had broken down and would not start. No one was in medical distress or danger, however a firefighter already on the lake in a boat found them and kindly towed them to shore at Aspen Beach so they could retrieve their tow vehicle and trailer.
Fifteen minutes after this call another call came in, this time a medical assist in Sunbreaker Cove. The homeowner had collapsed inside the house and CPR was being administered by family members. Bentley Fire and EMS arrived in short order and took over for the tiring relatives. The patient was carefully loaded into the waiting ambulance and two firefighters took over driving duties for the trip into Red Deer while EMS worked in the back.
Later that same night fourteen members rushed to Aspen Beach where three teens were trapped on an inflatable tube which was adrift far from shore and starting to deflate. Lacombe Fire Department was immediately dispatched for Mutual Aid with their boat. Fortunately, a local fisherman happened to spot them in the growing gloom, the teens helpfully signalling with their phone flashlights. They were brought to shore by the Good Samaritan and sent into the BFD Rescue truck to warm up.
The final call of a very long night was at 12:17 am, when 20 weary firefighters were sent to a rig and trailer on fire on Highway 12A, conveniently less than a kilometre east of the hall. A spark in the engine compartment was causing ignition and flames until the battery cables were disconnected and the fire extinguished. Traffic control measures were set up for the crews' safety while the roadway was cleaned up and RCMP stopped by the hall to collect information for their investigation.
Shortly before 4 pm on June 28 a report of a six-vehicle pileup on Highway #2 was received by Lacombe Fire, who requested Mutual Aid from Bentley. Crews were stood down once it was established to be two pickup trucks, each pulling a holiday trailer, with all occupants safely out of their vehicles.
At 2:11 pm on July 1 six members were sent to a rural home on Highway #20 where a young patient had been burned spilling a pot of hot soup. The youngster had burns to the lower extremities and was carefully loaded into the ambulance for the trip to hospital.
Later in the afternoon on July 6 eleven firefighters raced to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway #12 and RR 28-2, next to the mini golf course. All occupants were safely out of their vehicles and being tended by EMS so the BFD set up traffic control at the busy intersection while Popow's Towing Services did a remarkably speedy vehicle removal in order to open the roadways to the many campers coming in to the area to enjoy their weekend.
At 8:08 that same evening thirteen members were called out to a structure fire in Lacombe. This turned out to be a controlled burn with a permit in place so Bentley was stood down.
On July 12 at 7:34 a.m. a call was received of an outside fire in Rimbey. Ponoka County Fire West requested assistance from BFD as a precaution but once they arrived on scene and the situation was assessed our crews were stood down.
Around noon on July 13 seven members responded to a motorhome fire in Bentley. A small fire in the fridge compartment had spread to the adjacent cabinet and up through the roof. The fire had been partially put out by the owner and after using the thermal imaging camera to detect hidden hot spots crews smothered the rest with extinguishers and a mixture of foam and water.
On July 17 at 1:02 p.m. another Mutual Aid call was received, this time in Eckville's area. Bentley arrived to an outside fire in a crop field which was mostly contained by this time. Crews soaked the perimeter and doused hot spots before being released by Eckville Fire. Special thanks to the Rimbey trucker who refused to slow down and pull over for emergency vehicles with lights and sirens, making our timely arrival much more difficult.
At 9:25 p.m. on July 18 crews were alerted to an outside fire at a rural residence on Highway #20 near Rimbey. This was discovered to be a controlled burn with a permit in place and the scene was left in the care of the attending landowner.
On July 19 a call came in of a fire at Bentley's Transfer Station, where a spark had ignited the adjacent mowed grass, then travelled to much longer grass in the neighbouring field. Six crews worked to extinguish the fire and thoroughly soak the surrounding areas.
And finally, shortly after 6 p.m. on July 20 firefighters were called to an outside fire north on Highway #20. a passing motorist had apparently called this in on the way by, and it was discovered to be the same residence as the July 18 call. The landowner, with permit, was continuing his controlled burn and it was left in his care.
We at the Bentley Fire Department are pleased to introduce to you our newest member; Brennen Campbell. Thank you for your commitment to your new community. Brennen, we are happy to have you join us!
At 6:31 in the evening on May 26 eleven members were sent to an outside fire in Gull Lake Village.The fire had started innocently in the backyard fire pit but a spark ignited nearby poplar fluff andtravelled through trees and undergrowth to the yard next door. Firefighters doused the area andthe neighbouring home sustained minor damage to the exterior siding.
Late in the evening on May 29crews were sent to a residence in town where an infant was reportedlyhaving difficulty breathing. The baby was cared for until EMS arrived and released the BFD from scene.
On May 30 at 8:47 p.m. members responded to an alarms call in Bentley. This turned out to be acooking incident and was deemed a non-emergency so the fire crews returned to the hall.
On June 7 eight members were sent to another alarms call in Bentley. This one involved burning toastwhich triggered the home's smoke detector. No injuries, no damage and fortunately, no emergency.
At 5:45 on the evening of June 9 a call was received of a watercraft in distress on Gull Lake, just eastof the end of the ice fishing road near Brownlow's Landing. Five people in two small fishing boats hadtried to make it to shore in the windy weather. Unfortunately, the batteries in both vessels died, leaving them to drift into shore where firefighters found them and towed one boat the remaining twenty feet in.Crews and a helpful pair of nearby residents got them back to the campground so they could retrievetheir tow vehicle. Thank you to those who assisted!
On June 18 at 2:32 p.m. a passerby called in a small grassfire in the ditch on Highway #20, just South of Twp. Rd. 41-2. Bystanders had most of the fire out so firefighters thoroughly soaked the area toprevent any re-kindles.
And at 6:14 a.m. on June 19 members responded to a call at a Bentley home where a resident withbreathing problems had fallen and was unable to get up. BFD members cared for the patient untilparamedics arrived and crews carefully helped load him for the trip to the hospital.
On June 19 and 20 we enjoyed hosting the Bentley Elementary School's two Kindergarten classesfor the annual fire hall tours. The students were full of interesting questions and keen excitement.Boys and girls, we hope you have learned some helpful things you can share with your families!
Summer feels as though it is here already and as usual for this time of year our number of calls has increased:
On April 23 at 5:52 p.m. the BFD was called to a medical assist at a shop in Bentley. A tenant in the living quarters above was complaining of inhaling possible diesel fumes. The patient was in EMS' care so the apartment was investigated for elevated levels of noxious gases. No unsafe readings were reported on the monitors so firefighters cleared the scene.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on April 27 eleven members were sent as Mutual Aid to Lacombe FD for a vehicle fire in their area. Crews were stood down en-route as Lacombe had the situation handled.
At 11:16 a.m. on April 28 a call came in of an outside fire north of Bentley near Rimbey. A very large grassy area near the house had caught fire and travelled toward the river, igniting a straw pile in its path. Fortunately, winds were low and moving away from the buildings. Eckville FD was called in as Mutual Aid and we thank them for their quick assistance. The homeowners had some of the fire contained and crews managed to bring the rest under control. Once it had burned down to a smouldering pile the scene was turned over to the homeowner, who was given further instructions.
At 2:30 in the morning of April 29 sixteen members raced to the scene of a structure fire in Bentley. Lacombe was called in as Mutual Aid, then stood down once crews learned what the issue was. A passerby on the street noticed the front left side of the attached garage was ablaze and alerted the sleeping family who evacuated immediately. The homeowner put out the fire with a garden hose and when firefighters arrived they used the thermal imaging camera to find hot spots which were then extinguished. Crews assisted the owner with disabling power to the garage until an electrician could be contacted and the home fully inspected.
On May 1 at 10:29 a.m. eight members were sent to an accident on Highway #20 north of Rainy Creek Road. A witness following the accident vehicle had watched it swerving onto the gravelled shoulder before hitting the ditch and colliding with a long stretch of guardrail on the east side. The patient appeared in and out of consciousness and was cared for until EMS arrival. Traffic control was meanwhile set up for safety and to assist RCMP who were conducting their investigation.
At 8:45 in the morning on May 3 another MVA occurred on Highway #20, north of RR 41-0. A truck towing a fully-loaded dump trailer was travelling southbound and had left the road, ending up in the west ditch. The trailer detached from the truck and rolled, ending up upside-down. The truck was quickly stabilized, and the driver was carefully extricated and turned over to the care of EMS. The highway traffic was managed safely while other crews cleaned up the roadway before being released from the scene.
On May 9 yet another single-vehicle accident was reported, this time on Rainy Creek Road east of RR 2-0. A westbound vehicle had left the road and ended up on its driver's side in the east ditch. The driver had self-extricated and was in EMS' care so crews set up traffic control until they were released by the RCMP.
At 10:16 a.m. on May 15 an alarms call from a rural residence was received. Crews were stood down by the homeowner, through the alarm company. Confirmed false alarm.
And in the early morning hours of May 17 fifteen members raced to a structure fire in Lacombe's area. Two buildings were fully involved so Bentley and Lacombe set up ponds at the rural location and spent several hours shuttling water with their Tenders and fighting the blaze. The two residents had made it out, along with several dogs. They were sent to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Several dogs were discovered outside and were scooped up and taken to the family's relatives to be cared for. Four horses in a pen nearby were kept safe from the smoke while other firefighters salvaged what could be saved. Bentley crews were eventually released from the scene and made their way back to the hall, where more cleanup work awaited. Trucks, equipment and clothing all needed serious attention before they could be put back into service.
At 4:49 in the morning on March 24 a call came in reporting a vehicle fire on Hwy #12A and Range Road 1-1, just east of the fire hall. Firefighters responded to the location to find a fully involved pickup truck. No driver or passengers were on the scene and the fire was extinguished using a combination of water and foam. The traffic was managed safely while additional crews searched the area for any signs of people involved before turning the scene over to RCMP.
At 4:49 in the morning on March 24 a call came in reporting a vehicle fire on Hwy #12A and Range Road 1-1, just east of the fire hall. Firefighters responded to the location to find a fully involved pickup truck. No driver or passengers were on the scene and the fire was extinguished using a combination of water and foam. The traffic was managed safely while additional crews searched the area for any signs of people involved before turning the scene over to RCMP.
And in the early morning hours of April 15, nearly the entire department responded to an accident on Highway #771, near the intersection of Highway #20. A resident nearby had heard the commotion and called 911. Upon arrival a horse trailer was discovered, flipped onto its roof with two horses still inside. There was no sign of any tow vehicle and the TIC camera was used to determine if anyone was in the vicinity in the dark conditions. Traffic control was set up to ensure the safety of people and animals, and RCMP and a veterinarian with a trailer were contacted to assist. A safe temporary home was found for the horses, and as they both appeared calm with no major injuries the decision was made to try to extricate them. Sand was spread beneath them on the trailer's ceiling to ensure traction and they were carefully led out. Both could walk without difficulty and were led to their new pen to be examined by the vet. Thank you to the landowner for their temporary safe haven! RCMP continued with their investigation and released the BFD from the scene.
- At 9:15 a.m. on February 22 nine members were called to Highway #20,just north of Highway #12 where a pickup truck had crossed the southbound lane, left the road and ended up in the west ditch, narrowly avoiding a power pole. The driver had self-extricated so BFD crews carefully controlled the morning traffic while the patient was examined by EMS.
On March 3 at 7:16 P.M.twelve crews were sent to a vehicle fire on Rainy Creek Road. Some time was spent locating the vehicle, which turned out to be a snowmobile, as the fire had extinguished itself and the blackened frame was all that remained, half-buried in the ditch in the darkness. No driver was located in the area so the scene was turned over to the RCMP and the BFD was released.
Shortly before 9 a.m. on March 5 several members were sent to the inter- section of Highway #12 and RR 2-2 west of Bentley where a southbound minivan and an eastbound semi with trailers had collided. Both drivers were safely out of their respective vehicles and miraculously the injuries were somewhat minor. EMS assessed both patients, neither of them required hospitalization. BFD managed the highway traffic then left the scene in the hands of the RCMP who were busily conducting their investigation.
And on March 7 shortly after 8:30 a.m. a call was received of alarms ringing at the Bentley Care Centre. This was an accidental activation as the existing system had been replaced and was being tested. The alarm had been re-set and fire crews were informed and stood down.
Your department has been working hard over this winter, with courses specializing in ice rescue as well as regular training every Monday night. Practice nights have included rescues in winter conditions using the Stokes basket, a type of "toboggan" which helps rescuers safely transport a patient up steep slopes in deep-snow conditions. This hands-on training can be hard work but is also a whole lot of fun!
- Shortly after midnight on January 31 the BFD was sent as Mutual Aid to Lacombe FD for a structure fire on RR 27-5, north of Highway #12. A large shop was ablaze with vehicles and machinery inside. Important documents were retrieved before fire engulfed the attached office space. Firefighters and apparatus from Lacombe, Bentley and Blackfalds were kept busy for several hours shuttling water to the rural location and ensuring the huge fire did not spread to the surrounding buildings. Fortunately no one was injured although the shop was completely destroyed.
- At 10:40 am on February 2 eight members were sent to a Bentley residence to assist EMS in packaging and loading a patient for a trip to the hospital.
- At 1:27 p.m. that same day crews responded to a call of alarms ringing at a rural residence on Highway #771. This turned out to be the homeowner testing the keypad alarm and the BFD was stood down.
- On February 8 at 8:45 pm a call was received from a passerby who reported a strong gas odour in the area of Woody Nook Road and Aspelund Road. No smell was detected in the described area but Aspelund Road was closed for a brief time to conduct an investigation. No elevated levels of any dangerous gases were found and any gas smell in the area had dissipated so each fire apparatus spread out taking a different route back to the hall to ensure no other areas were affected.
- Around suppertime on February 11 fifteen members rushed to Woody Nook Road and TWP 40-0 to assist Lacombe Fire Department with an outside fire which was reportedly threatening other structures. Upon arrival it was discovered a huge fuel tank of some kind was ablaze with flames up to 200 feet high. Fire trucks were staged over a kilometre away and the specialists at FireMaster were called in to handle this particular issue. Fortunately no one was injured and no other buildings were affected.
- And on February 16 at 9:08 pm an alarms call was received from Birch Bay where a home alarm system was sounding. The tenants wisely evacuated and firefighters conducted an investigation of the home using the gas monitor and thermal imaging camera. No smoke, heat or elevated levels of carbon monoxide were found in the home, attached garage or separate suite so the family was able to re-enter their warm house and the event was declared a non-emergency.
The Bentley District Fire Department would like to introduce to you our two newest members;
Breanne Bickford and Harley Whitfield
Thank you ladies for stepping up and volunteering to serve your community with us, we are happy to have you on board!
- Shortly after 5 pm on January 11 five members were sent on a Mutual Aid call to assist Lacombe Fire Department with traffic control at a serious 2-vehicle accident on Highway #2.
- In the early morning hours of January 14 Bentley responded to another Mutual Aid call, this time in Eckville where a single-family home and garage were on fire. Five hours were spent extinguishing the blaze, protecting neighbouring homes, salvage and overhaul and traffic control. ATCO was also notified as there was a live power line down over the residence's driveway. The BFD was eventually released by Eckville Command.
- And on January 16 crews were sent to investigate a fire on RR 1-0, just south of Highway #12. A passerby had spotted smoke in the area. The reported area was scouted but no smoke was found so firefighters returned to quarters.
- Shortly before noon on November 23 ten members responded to an MVA on Highway #20 between Rainy Creek Road and Aspelund Road. A southbound semi and a northbound pickup had narrowly avoided a collision with each other but both vehicles ended up in the west ditch. All occupants were able to get out safely but traffic had to be controlled while EMS evaluated them and tow trucks removed the vehicles.
- Late in the evening on November 28 crews attended an accident on Highway #12 near RR 28-3. A deer had unwisely crossed the road in front of a pickup. Firefighters cared for the patient while awaiting EMS, carefully controlled traffic in the dark and scraped the remnants off the roadway.
- On December 3 a call was received of an electrical hazard at a rural residence southeast of Bentley. The occupants reported a burning electrical smell but the odour had dissipated by the time fire crews so the TIC camera and gas sniffer was used to detect any unusual heat or fumes. None was found so the homeowner was advised to have the furnace and electrical systems professionally inspected.
- On December 4 nine firefighters responded to a structure fire in Bentley. Smoke had been discovered belching from the home's vents immediately following a brief power outage. The furnace was quickly turned off and the occupants wisely evacuated. The house was inspected with the TIC and gas sniffer and nothing concerning was found so the homeowners were informed and the tenants returned home.
- About 4 p.m. on December 21 four members were called to a medical assist north of town. Ponoka County West was called in to help Bentley with an elderly cardiac patient who sadly passed away.
- At 10:34 p.m. on December 23 an alarms call was received from a rural residence west of Bentley. The home's smoke detector was discovered by the homeowner to have a sensor problem and crews were stood down.
- At 7:45 on Christmas Eve ten members were sent to assist Lacombe Fire Department with a structure fire at Highway #12 and RR 27-5. This was called in by a passerby who apparently saw something. No one was home at the farm and an investigation was conducted, however nothing was found and fire crews from Lacombe, Bentley and Blackfalds returned home.
- On December 26 another structure fire was reported north of Lacombe and Bentley was called for Mutual Aid. Ten members were sent to what was discovered to be a controlled burn in a dumpster.
- On the evening of December 30 firefighters were sent to the Westview Apartment complex where a smoke alarm was sounding inside one of the apartments. The manager was unable to get access to the unit as it was somehow blocked from the inside. Crews forced the door open and discovered a pan had been left on the stove with the burner still on. The stove was turned off and the pan removed. There was no damage to the apartment or the contents.
- And on January 3 around suppertime another alarms call was received, this time from a home in Lake Trail Estates in Bentley. All four of the carbon monoxide detectors were going off so the residents were evacuated. The gas sniffer detected elevated levels so the doors were opened to ventilate until acceptable levels were reached. ATCO was notified and firefighters remained until they arrived, then turned the scene over to them.
This has been a busy year for the Bentley District Fire Department, with a new record of 91 calls received between December 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017. They are broken down as follows:
3 Structure Fire
10 Vehicle Fire
14 Outside Fire
2 Smoke Investigation
1 Gas Leak/Odour
9 Medical Assist
10 Alarms Ringing
6 Mutual Aid
3 Watercraft Rescue
2 Ice Rescue
1 Citizen Assist
7 Electrical Hazard
2 Fuel Spill
1 Body Recovery
As you can see, the duties of your firefighters vary widely. Our committed volunteers train every Monday night in addition to many specialized courses offered over some weekends. If you are interested in an amazing and rewarding volunteer opportunity please see our recruiting page: www.bentleyfire.ca/recruiting
- On October 21 seven members responded to a call of an outdoor fire southeast of Bentley on Range Road 1-0. A burning barrel had ignited the surrounding grass and leaves and started to spread up the hill so the landowner wisely called 911 before things got out of hand. He had managed to extinguish it upon firefighters' arrival so the area was thoroughly soaked to prevent any re-ignition.
- In the early morning hours of October 26 ten members were sent to an outside fire on Highway 12 east of town. A caller had reported seeing smoke and fire towards the Blackfalds area so firefighters were sent to investigate what turned out to be an eerie combination of fog, the Northern Lights and a flare stack emitting flame out near Joffre.
- Shortly after 8 am on October 30 crews raced to a structure fire call at a rural residence southwest of Bentley. Sylvan Lake was requested for Mutual Aid. On arrival, all occupants were safely out and no smoke or fire was showing so SLFD was stood down. A burning smell was noted and upon discussion with the residents it was discovered there had been a power surge causing the master bedroom's television to start sparking and smoking. An investigation was conducted using the TIC and no heat was found. A power pole close to the home was eventually discovered by Fortis to be the source of the problem.
- At 7:23 pm on November 16 twelve members were sent to another rural property south of Bentley. The call was sent in as a vehicle fire and was discovered to be an ice fishing shack which was fully involved upon BFD's arrival. The flames were threatening a holiday trailer on one side and a car on the other. All vehicles were searched for occupants while crews extinguished the fire. Upon discussion with the tenant it was discovered a relative had been by earlier to warm up the shack for the season. It was completely destroyed while the trailer and car alongside sustained damage as well. Fortunately no one was in any of the vehicles and the fire had not spread to any of the other many trailers and vehicles stored in the area.
- And on November 17 at 7:30 pm an alarms call was received, sending nine firefighters to a residence in Birch Meadows near the north end of Gull Lake. The occupants noticed a strong metallic smoky smell upstairs just before the smoke detectors throughout the house started sounding. They vacated to their neighbours' home and called 911. The chimney in the home had been professionally cleaned just one week prior and it was advised to have them come back in to check the fireplace. Meanwhile crews investigated with the TIC and gas sniffer. Heat levels had receded and no carbon monoxide was present, however the smoke alarms were 18 years old and all in need of replacing. A new CO2 detector was left with the tenants and all the smoke detectors reinstalled. They were advised not to use the fireplace until it had been professionally inspected and all the smoke alarms had been replaced as well.Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. If in doubt, the date is printed on every unit. Daylight Savings time in the autumn is a good reminder that it is time to check.