Over the past two months your fire department has received nine emergency calls:
At 1:22 p.m. on July 22 eight members were sent to a house in Lakeview Estates where alarms were ringing. Steam from the shower had accidentally activated the sensitive alarm and crews stood down.
On August 2 just before midnight the BFD were called to the end of Highway #12A west of Bentley where a truck pulling a trailer and boat overshot the dead end, took a frightening ride down the steep ditch and rolled. Both occupants were out of the vehicle upon arrival. Fortunately, an off-duty physician was passing by and had stopped to help, and also called 911. The driver had minor injuries but the passenger was in bad shape and was carefully loaded into the waiting ambulance for the trip to the hospital. The BFD did minor traffic control until released by EMS.
At 6:06 a.m. on August 24 fourteen members were sent to a single-vehicle accident on Range Road 28-3 southeast of Bentley. A truck travelling north had left the road, hit the gravel and jumped an approach before coming to rest in a shelter belt of evergreen trees. The morning traffic was controlled while the injured driver and lone occupant was assisted into the waiting ambulance.
Another call was received immediately after this one, this time a request for Mutual Aid from Eckville Fire Department for an MVA at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 766 west of Bentley. The three vehicles involved were difficult to seen in the extremely foggy conditions and traffic was relatively heavy at that time in the morning so BFD crews assisted with traffic control while the roadways were cleaned up and vehicles towed away.
At 6:16 p.m. that same day a call came in of a watercraft in distress on Gull Lake, somewhere south of Stoner’s Landing on the west side. The Lacombe Fire Department was immediately called to assist since they have a rescue boat. It was ascertained there were five people on board, none of them injured. A sudden storm had come up and they were not able to reach shore. Meanwhile the boat was taking on water. Crews were not able to get a visual on the boat in the stormy conditions but a passing motorist found them and they were towed safely to shore.
At 5:31 on August 26 members were sent to another alarms call, this time in Birch Bay. This turned out to be a false alarm caused by car exhaust in the garage.
At 9:37 that same night fifteen members were sent to a vehicle vs deer incident on Highway 12 and Range Road 2-4 west of town. The driver was safely out of the car; the deer was not so lucky, lying dead in the north ditch. The driver was checked over by EMS but not transported to hospital. The BFD managed traffic and cleaned up the roadway before leaving the scene.
On August 31 at 2:29 p.m. crews were sent to a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highways #12 and #20. One patient was extricated and then loaded into the ambulance to be transported to hospital. A passenger from another vehicle was packaged into another ambulance. The BFD did traffic control meanwhile and once EMS cleared the scene, cleaned up the roadways of debris and re-opened the highways.