This past month the fire department has been to only a few incidents:
- At 6:17 am on December 3rd ten firefighters were dispatched to Sandy Point where a brand-new park model home was on fire. Upon arrival, the house was completely engulfed with a large propane tank still venting. Lacombe Fire Department was called in to assist Bentley, but was stood down once the scene was under control. The department managed the blaze and protected the neighbouring house until the tank hazard was eliminated. The home was completely destroyed, but fortunately had not yet been occupied.
- On December 8th at 8:16 am nine members responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Highway #20 north of Bentley. The southbound vehicle had left the slippery road and gone into the west ditch, flipping in the process. Traffic was carefully managed as the highway was extremely treacherous. The two patients were loaded and taken to Lacombe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Special thanks to the passersby who were first on scene and stopped to help.
- And on December 19th at about 5:30 am a call came in of an outside fire southeast of Bentley. No fire was found in the area the caller had described, so a search of the surrounding areas was organized. Thorough investigation turned up no fire, although the bright glow of a greenhouse operation on Gull Lake's east side may have alarmed the caller.
This winter we urge you to drive with caution and be aware of your surroundings.
No one wants to be involved in an accident and we all want to arrive safely at our destinations.
We look forward to helping our community in 2015!