Your fire department has had an unusually quiet month with just six calls to report:
At 10:08 p.m. on August 22 fourteen members responded to an outside fire at Aspen Beach. A passerby had reported a bonfire on the beach. As a burn ban was in place at the time firefighters went to investigate what turned out to be a legal propane fire pit being enjoyed by campers at their campsite.
At 2:14 p.m. on August 24 five members were sent to an alarms call at a rural residence north of Bentley. The homeowner helpfully met and guided fire crews to the home. No smoke or flames were visible so firefighters investigated the basement area where the smoke alarm was ringing. Neither the thermal imaging camera nor the gas sniffer registered heat or unsafe CO levels so the homeowners were permitted to re-enter their house.
On August 26 at 10:29 p.m. eleven members were sent as Mutual Aid to Eckville for a structure fire at a mobile home in their area. The BFD was stood down once an addressing error was discovered and Red Deer Dispatch toned out Ponoka County West FD to attend.
Shortly before 2 p.m. on September 1 RCMP requested assistance in extinguishing an unattended bonfire on RR 1-2 south of Bentley. The BFD responded cold to the mostly-extinguished fire and soaked the area involved.
On September 7 at 6:49 p.m. crews were sent as Mutual Aid once again, this time to help Lacombe with an outside fire just north of the County Office. A baler in the field was on fire so Bentley's Tender was used to supply water to Lacombe's engine at the scene.
And at 10:03 p.m. on September 8 sixteen members raced to the scene of a reported structure fire on Woody Nook Road, just south of the church. Bentley, Lacombe and Blackfalds departments all responded. The driver passing through who had called it in was long gone and there was absolutely no sign of a fire but all surrounding areas were thoroughly searched with the only flame visible being a lazily belching flare stack nearby. Non-emergency for all three departments.
On September 10 we enjoyed a combined training with Lacombe Fire Department at Bentley's old fire hall, where many of our training obstacles had been set up the day before by some of our volunteers and their families- thanks to you all for your tireless help! Apologies to the neighbours nearby who I'm sure were a little curious and somewhat concerned. A smoke machine was utilized to simulate structure fire conditions and firefighters had to safely navigate various scenarios and escape alive. Lots of fun was had working with our closest Mutual Aid partners!
The BFD would like to invite you to our annual Open House coming up on Monday, October 15 from 6-8 p.m. All ages are welcome to come explore Bentley's fire hall, check out the apparatus, participate in some fun activities and learn some valuable safety information!
HALLOWEEN AT THE HALL!
Bring your kids to the Bentley Fire Hall on Wednesday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. Get out of the cold for a bit and meet your firefighters as you go from Engine to Rescue to Tender to Rapid collecting your Halloween goodies!
The fun lasts as long as the candy does!