Your fire department responded to five emergency calls this past month;
At 8:18 p.m. on April 20 twelve members were sent to an outside fire on Highway 12 west of Bentley. A burning fire pit had spread to the surrounding grass and brush and the landowners had called for help, then were able to put out the fire themselves. Bentley's Rapid truck was sent with a crew to check for complete extinguishment.
On April 22 at 11:29 a.m. a call was received of alarms ringing at a rural home. Crews were stood down at the hall once it was verified by the homeowner and the alarm company that a child in the house had pushed a button on the alarm panel. Oops!
At suppertime on May 11 BFD members were sent to an outside fire northwest of Bentley. A controlled burn had turned into an uncontrolled burn when the wind suddenly picked up and spun into a dust devil, turning the burning bales into a fire tornado! The landowner, relatives and friends ploughed a quick firebreak while firefighters attacked the very large perimeter with portable water backpacks and brooms. The fire got very close to cattle pasture, machinery sheds and a residence but no one was hurt and no buildings were damaged.
At 6:15 p.m. on May 12 crews were called to the intersection of Highways 12 and 20, where a car and a pickup truck had collided, sending the car into the intersection and the truck over onto its side on the east shoulder. All parties were safely out of their respective vehicles and other motorists had stopped to help so traffic control was quickly set up in all directions and patients were attended to by EMS once they arrived. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt so firefighters safely transferred belongings to other vehicles while other crews cleaned spilled fluids off the highways. Once RCMP had concluded their investigation the roads were opened in all directions.
And on May 18 at 10:41 a.m. eight crew members were sent to another alarms call, this time at a shop in a rural area. Firefighters were stood down once the owner arrived on scene and notified an officer, who checked and ascertained this to be a false alarm.
On May 5 our newest BFD members finished their training with a two-day stint at the burn tower in Red Deer's Training Centre. Many months of weekends and weeknights of bookwork and practical training culminated in the final test; live fire in a controlled environment.
Congratulations Kenton, Paul and Chris on a job well done!