This spring your fire department has been kept very busy:
- At 4:33 pm on March 16 crews were sent to a residence in Sunbreaker Cove where alarms were ringing. Firefighters were stood down en route as it was determined to be a false alarm.
- On March 18 around suppertime ten members went again to the same home where the alarms were sounding. Another false alarm was determined.
- On April 3 nine firefighters rushed to the scene of a 2-vehicle accident at an intersection in Bentley. Fortunately there were no apparent injuries and both drivers were out of their vehicles upon BFD's arrival. The roadway was cleaned up and traffic flow restored.
- Shortly after noon on April 7 six members went to another alarms call, this time in Gull Lake Village. The homeowners were doing renovations near their smoke alarm, triggering it. This was deemed another false alarm.
- On April 12 at 5:15 pm twelve firefighters raced to help Lacombe Fire Department, who were already busy fighting a grassfire, with a 2-house fire in their city. The houses were both fully engulfed and no people were trapped inside so all the firefighters concentrated their efforts on saving the neighbouring homes. 5 hours were spent battling this blaze.
- Midafternoon the next day fourteen members were called to a rural property where fence repair welding resulted in a grassfire. The fire was extinguished, helped along by two bobcats which were handily on scene. The BFD soaked down the area to prevent re-ignition.
- Shortly after 9 that same evening crews were sent to a single-motorcycle accident on Highway #12 and RR 28-4. The driver had left the road and sailed into the ditch. The patient had some minor injuries but was conscious and was cared for until EMS arrived. Traffic was carefully managed until the scene was cleared.
- On April 23 at 1:56 pm Mutual Aid was requested by Lacombe FD for an outside fire in their area. Our Tender (water truck) and firefighters spent four hours shuttling water to the scene until the burn was extinguished.
- Crews attended a grassfire on April 30 on RR 1-0 just north of Aspelund Road. A burn barrel had apparently re-ignited and spread to the adjacent field, fortunately passing by the residence. Crews fought the burn until it was completely out.
- On the morning of May 5 the BFD was sent to Aspelund Road just east of Highway #20 where a car and concrete truck had collided. The driver of the truck received minor injuries and the car's driver was taken by STARS to the hospital. Morning commuters had to wait for a bit as some firefighters were busy cutting open the vehicle and extricating the patient while others set up a landing zone on the highway for STARS.
- On May 7 the Bentley Transfer Station had some excitement as the ignited burn pit travelled further than was intended and set the adjacent field on fire. Members extinguished the blaze and the area is greening up nicely.
- Another fire was reported on May 9, this time on Highway #771 north of town. An old abandoned house was ablaze and upon the BFD's arrival a huge mushroom cloud of flame erupted. No one was hurt but after the fire was put out two large drums of flammable liquid were discovered inside.
- Later that same day the BFD were sent to assist EMS with a patient in Bentley.
- Another single-motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Highway #12 and RR 28-4 on May 10. Crews tended to the driver and established safe traffic flow until the patient was evaluated by EMS and sent by ambulance to Lacombe hospital.
- On May 12 at 3:05 am, eleven members responded to a call for Mutual Aid in Eckville, where two tanks were on fire at a trucking company. Crews were stood down while en route as the situation became manageable.
- At 3:27 am on May 16 firefighters attended an accident at Lakeview Campground. The vehicle lost control and struck a tree, injuring the four occupants. Members assisted EMS with the patients, one of which was sent to hospital.
- At 9:47 that same morning a call was received of alarms ringing at a Bentley residence. The homeowner was consulted and this too was ruled a false alarm.
- And at 5:58 pm the same day eleven members went back to the abandoned house on Highway #771 where the previously extinguished fire had re-ignited. The sawdust insulation inside was completely removed, spread out and covered with foam to smother the entire area.
On May 11 we had some fun at Camp L.G. Barnes instructing the counsellors on the use of fire extinguishers. We all had a great time and hope to continue this annual training event.
Spring is here!! We at the Bentley District Fire Department always have a great time with the Kindergarten classes who come for their Fire Hall tours this time of year. Thanks for the visits, we hope you have learned some interesting things!