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.

This past month your fire department has been sent to four emergencies:

  • At 9:15 a.m. on February 22 nine members were called to Highway #20,just north of Highway #12 where a pickup truck had crossed the southbound lane, left the road and ended up in the west ditch, narrowly avoiding a power pole. The driver had self-extricated so BFD crews carefully controlled the morning traffic while the patient was examined by EMS.
  • On March 3 at 7:16 P.M.twelve crews were sent to a vehicle fire on Rainy Creek Road. Some time was spent locating the vehicle, which turned out to be a snowmobile, as the fire had extinguished itself and the blackened frame was all that remained, half-buried in the ditch in the darkness. No driver was located in the area so the scene was turned over to the RCMP and the BFD was released.

  • Shortly before 9 a.m. on March 5 several members were sent to the inter- section of Highway #12 and RR 2-2 west of Bentley where a southbound minivan and an eastbound semi with trailers had collided. Both drivers were safely out of their respective vehicles and miraculously the injuries were  somewhat minor. EMS assessed both patients, neither of them required  hospitalization. BFD managed the highway traffic then left the scene in the hands of the RCMP who were busily conducting their investigation.

  • And on March 7 shortly after 8:30 a.m. a call was received of alarms ringing at the Bentley Care Centre. This was an accidental activation as the existing system had been replaced and was being tested. The alarm had been re-set and fire crews were informed and stood down.

  • Your department has been working hard over this winter, with courses specializing in ice rescue as well as regular training every Monday night. Practice nights have included rescues in winter conditions using the Stokes basket, a type of "toboggan" which helps rescuers safely transport a patient up steep slopes in deep-snow conditions. This hands-on training can be hard work but is also a whole lot of fun!

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