This past month your firefighters have responded to eight calls;
At 2:17 p.m. on July 22 nine members were summoned to an outside fire along Highway #20 just south of Rainy Creek Road. Three large areas in the east ditch were burning so each was systematically contained and extinguished before adjacent wood buildings and surrounding trees could become involved. Attending RCMP helpfully provided traffic control.
On July 24 at 8:33 p.m. crews were sent to Sandy Point where a motorcycle had left the access road and hit the ditch, upending the rider. The patient was conscious and mobile but monitored until EMS arrived and could speak with him. No ambulance ride was needed but traffic was managed while RCMP investigated.
Mid-afternoon on July 27 eight members responded to a water rescue on Gull Lake near Sandy Point. As the BFD does not have a rescue boat, Lacombe was called in with Bentley providing ground support. No injuries were reported.
At 5:20 in the evening on July 29 fourteen members were sent as Mutual Aid to Eckville for a structure fire in their area. Crews were stood down en route once the EFD had the emergency under control.
Over the supper hour on July 30 seventeen BFD members responded to a fire at a rural residence on Rainy Creek Road. This turned out to be an outside fire which was threatening a treed area nearby. Landowners had the fire nearly put out and firefighters extinguished the remainder, soaked the area and checked for hot spots before leaving the scene to the homeowners.
On August 2 at 7:21 p.m. a call was received of alarms ringing at a business in Bentley. Crews were sent to investigate a heat sensor near the ceiling whose alarm had likely been triggered by lightning. A thorough investigation was conducted and nothing further was discovered so firefighters returned to the hall.
Shortly after 8 in the morning on August 5 ten members were sent to the scene of an accident on Highway #12 west of Bentley. The single eastbound vehicle had left the road and hit the ditch, rolling and coming to rest against a barbed-wire fence. The single occupant was alert and trying to exit but required help to do so. The car was carefully stabilized so it wouldn't roll further, then firefighters extricated the driver who was turned over to EMS care. Traffic meanwhile was monitored and crews were later released by the RCMP.
And at 3:02 a.m. on August 10 eleven members were sent to another outside fire near the intersection of Highway #20 and Rainy Creek Road. RCMP had called in this incident which turned out to be a fire in a pit. As a Lacombe County-wide burn ban was in effect, the fire was promptly extinguished.
We at the Bentley District Fire Department would like to thank those of you who stopped by to visit us at the RevMasters Show-n-Shine Concession during our rodeo weekend on Saturday, August 11. We appreciate your support and hope a great time was had by all!