Bentley District Fire Department

Volunteer | Dedication | Perserverance

The Bentley District Fire Department is comprised of 17 committed volunteers, dedicated to serving our community. Since its establishment, the Bentley Fire Department has continued to preserve the safety and security of community members within its 1000 sq km area district. From fighting fires, to medical emergency responses, and motor vehicle accidents, our volunteers are highly trained and experienced to react and aid in many emergency situations. Training every Monday night as well as some weekends and responding to over 70 emergency calls per year, the Bentley District Fire Department's volunteers devote their lives to helping others.

Your Fire Department has been absolutely swamped with all manner of emergencies this past month, fifteen to be exact:

  • On June 20 shortly before midnight a call was received from Eckville FD requesting Mutual Aid from Bentley for an electrical hazard in their area. Bentley was stood down once the situation was handled.
  • At 5:40 p.m. on June 23 twelve members were sent to the intersection of Highways 12 and 20 where a westbound car on 12 and a southbound truck and trailer had collided,  resulting in injuries. Traffic was shut down for a time while a STARS landing zone was set up on the highway. One fatality on scene.
  • On June 25 at 6:54 p.m. a call was received of a strong gas odour at a home in town. This was discovered to be a sewer backup problem and was turned over to Public Works.
  • At 10:10 p.m. on June 30 a call came in of alarms ringing at another Bentley residence. A quick investigation revealed an expired smoke alarm and a new one was installed for the homeowner.
  •  Firefighters were awakened at 11:30 p.m. on July 4 by a call of an MVA on Highway #20 north of Bentley. A truck and motorcycle had collided resulting in very serious injuries to the motorcyclist. The highway was quickly shut down in both directions so a STARS landing zone could be established on the road. The patient was whisked away and the roadway kept closed for several hours so the accident reconstructionist could complete his investigation.
  • On July 5 at 2:11 p.m. an MVA call came in, again involving a motorcycle. This one happened on Highway #20, just north of Rainy Creek Road. The northbound bike left the road and hit the east ditch, ejecting the rider and causing very serious injuries. Witnesses stopped to help and called 911 and we thank them. Again a STARS landing zone was set up and the patient was quickly and carefully loaded for the trip to hospital. The area was kept closed so an investigation could be conducted.
  • At 5:21 p.m. the same day a 3-vehicle accident occurred on Highway #20 and Twp. Rd. 40-2. First aid was provided to the patients while awaiting EMS. Traffic during the busy evening was controlled while one patient was sent to the hospital.
  • And finally, at 7:32 p.m. that evening one more call was received, a medical emergency in Gull Lake Village near the Wooden Shoe. An older patient had been walking along the road with a family member and had suddenly collapsed. EMS was on scene upon the Fire Department's arrival so the patient was quickly loaded, along with the relative and headed for the hospital.
  • Around suppertime on July 9 a call came in from a concerned patron at the Monkey Top who had seen and smelled smoke issuing from a nearby backyard. Firefighters spoke with the homeowners and established a non-emergency as they were simply burning garden trimmings in their outdoor fireplace.
  • Around 7:20 that same evening ten members were sent to another outside fire, this time on RR 1-4. A tree had been struck by lightning and a neighbour had seen it smoking. As the tree was inaccessible by truck the landowner investigated using a quad. He reported it as mostly self-extinguished by this time and it was left under his supervision.
  • On July 12 shortly after 8 a.m. EMS requested help loading a patient from a home in town into the waiting ambulance.
  • At 3:41 p.m. on July 13 a call was received of a vehicle fire at a rural residence. The fire had reportedly started in the engine compartment of the older farm truck and the driver noticed heat and smoke and extricated himself before inhaling the noxious fumes. Fire-fighters extinguished the blaze using water and foam.
  • On July 14 at 9:02 a.m. reports were received of an outside fire at a rural property on Highway #771. Upon investigation it was a confirmed controlled burn, with the property monitored, under control and a valid burn permit in place.
  • Shortly after 9 that same night another outside fire was reported, this time at the Bentley Transfer Station. The wood waste in one of the burn pits had burned down.
  • And lastly, at 1:18 p.m. on July 17  crews responded to an EMS Assist at a home in Bentley, where CPR was being administered to a patient. Members took turns to relieve ambulance crews on scene.

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