This past month your department has been kept busy with various emergencies as well as special training courses.
- Shortly after 11 pm on January 23 eleven members were called to an accident on Highway #12 east of RR 1-0. An eastbound tool truck had hit some loose snow along the ditch, veered across the westbound lane and flipped onto its side blocking both lanes of the highway. The driver was already out of the vehicle upon arrival, so the highway was kept closed until tow trucks could right the truck and tow it away. In the meantime, spilled oil and fuel was carefully cleaned up and the road cleared of debris.
- On February 23 at 8:30 pm a call was received stating smoke was seen coming from the new fire hall. Crews reported to the hall to see the building shrouded in an eerie fog which may have deceived the caller. An investigation was quickly conducted there as well as the old hall as a precaution. Fortunately, this turned out to be a false alarm.
- At 1:54 pm on February 7 the BFD were called to assist Lacombe Fire Department with a snowmobile accident at Woody Nook Road and Aspelund Road. Crews were stood down on route once Lacombe had the situation managed.
- At 5:14 am on February 9 firefighters were sent to a 2-vehicle accident on Highway #20 and Aspelund Road. A southbound truck towing a trailer loaded with a skid steer had been hit from behind by a semi. Debris littered the highway so it was closed briefly while crews cleared the area. Both drivers were checked by EMS and fortunately no injuries were sustained.
- Midafternoon on February 14 crews were called to assist EMS at a residence in Bentley.
The Bentley Fire Department recently completed their Ice Rescue Certification, held on February 14 and 15, which took place at Sandy Point on Gull Lake. With a large portion of Gull Lake as well as Sylvan Lake falling within the Bentley District Fire Department response area it is important that we are prepared for all emergency situations that may arise, which could include ice/water responses.
Coincidently, within 2 hours of the ice rescue course ending, a call came in for a cold water rescue. Three people,
two of them children, reported being trapped in a vehicle in the ice near Gull Lake Village. Upon our arrival, it was discovered their SUV, which had left the ice road, had gotten stuck in some deep snow and not fallen through the ice as was reported.
If you are willing to risk traveling on our frozen lakes please ensure you are prepared for whatever may come your way. Some tow truck operators will not venture onto the ice to pull you out if you are stuck. We want nothing more than to have all our friends, neighbours, and visitors stay safe during their winter activities!