As the weather has been warming up our call volume is steadily rising, after a full month with not a single call!
At 10:57 p.m. on March 23 sixteen members were called out to assist Sylvan Lake Fire Department with a structure fire on Twp Rd 39-4. Fortunately, no one was trapped inside the home but crews in Bentley's Tender spent three hours shuttling water to the scene.
On March 25 at 5:08 a.m. a call was received of a vehicle vs deer accident on Highway #20 north of Bentley. The driver was in EMS care and BFD crews managed traffic and cleaned up fluid spills before clearing the scene.
At 5:59 p.m. on April 1 members were sent to RR 1-2 just north of Bentley, where a single vehicle had left the gravel road and hit the ditch, striking a power pole in the process. There were some injuries to the driver and passenger so they were attended to until EMS arrived and could examine them. Fortis was notified to deal with the damaged pole and traffic was controlled while RCMP conducted their investigation.
Shortly before midnight on April 12 sixteen members responded to a vehicle fire on RR 1-2 and Twp Rd 40-0. An unoccupied truck was fully involved upon crew’s arrival and situated close to a waterway so caution was exercised during its extinguishment to avoid runoff into the river. Once the fire was out the scene was turned over to attending RCMP.
And on April 13 over the supper hour fifteen members were sent to a two-vehicle accident on Highway #20, just north of Twp Rd 40-2. A southbound car had left the road and hit the ditch, flipping several times, striking a power pole and taking out a barbed-wire fence. Flying debris struck an unfortunate northbound vehicle. The two drivers were out of their respective cars upon BFD's arrival. Once again Fortis was notified of the incident and a member was dispatched to investigate. EMS examined both patients and one was transported to hospital. Traffic had to be controlled during this busy time of day and we thank drivers for their patience. Once the RCMP was finished and crews had cleaned up the highway both lanes were re-opened.
It is not just all work and no play for your fire department!
On April 7 many new recruits from departments across the County got together to practice what they learned in the classroom. Instructors from Lacombe Fire Department put our newest volunteers through their paces with hose drills and water management. It was a beautiful sunny day and nobody stayed dry! Many skills were learned and plenty of fun was had by all.
Bentley District Fire Department is excited to introduce to you our newest member