This past month your fire department has responded to several emergencies;
- In the early afternoon on December 21 crews were called to the scene of a horrific accident on a very icy Highway #20 just south of Rimbey. A northbound vehicle appeared to have lost control and struck a southbound one, trapping some occupants inside. Firefighters from Bentley and Rimbey worked to cut open the vehicles and carefully extricate the individuals. Injuries were severe and patients were sent by ambulance to hospitals in Rimbey and Red Deer, as well as by STARS to Calgary. Sadly, three people of the six involved succumbed to their injuries.
- At 10:50 pm on Christmas Day thirteen members responded to a call of alarms ringing at a rural residence on Centreview Road northwest of Bentley. Elevated levels of carbon monoxide were discovered so the homeowner was advised to leave the house unoccupied until gas and utilities were checked and the unknown cause repaired by a professional.
- On December 27 at 1:26 pm firefighters were called again to Highway #20 south of Rimbey where a northbound semi pulling a Frac unit had left the road and driven into the east side ditch, hitting two approaches then veering across the highway and going through a fence before coming to rest, well into a field, on the west side. Fortunately no one was driving south on the highway at the time. The driver refused medical treatment and BFD crews carefully managed traffic on the slippery road until cleanup was complete.
- And on January 10 at 7:05 am a call came in of a vehicle which was discovered overturned in the ditch on Highway #12 near Lakeview Campground. It appeared a westbound vehicle had run off the road and rolled into the ditch. The car was on its roof and no occupants were in or around the vehicle so the TIC (thermal imaging camera) was used to search the area. No one was found in the vicinity so the early morning traffic was delayed briefly while firefighters taped off the vehicle and then left the investigation in the hands of the RCMP.