(Black Press file photo)

(Black Press file photo)

Multiple overnight fires keep Lacombe County fire service busy

The fires left the air smelling smoky on Thursday morning

In the early morning hours of Nov. 5 the Lacombe County Fire Service responded to two separate fires and one car accident that happened almost simultaneously.

The fires were both located south of the City of Lacombe and crews from Clive assisted with putting out one of the fires.

Lacombe County Fire Chief Drayton Bussiere said there were no injuries but some property damage occurred as a result of the fires.

Bussiere said it is too early in the investigation to know if the fires were related, suspicious or what caused them.

A post on the Lacombe County Fire Service Facebook page said crews were still on scene of a “significant bale fire” south of the city around 3 a.m. All the blazes were eventually extinguished.

The fire service has received an average amount of calls for the time of year and Bussier said it’s not uncommon for fires to happen at the same time.

“We receive subsequent calls on a semi-regular basis but it’s always a bit interesting to us when there are calls that close together,” said Bussier.

A result of the fires occurring so close together in both location and time was the smoky smell in the air many residents in Lacombe experienced Thursday morning.

Fortunately, it turned out to be a windy day and by early afternoon the smoke had dissipated.

On a related note, the Lacombe County Fire Service is also hiring for paid-on-call firefighters at four departments in the county.

Alix, Bentley, Clive and Eckville are all looking to add to their teams. In order to be at full capacity, the county would like to add 25 more people but Bussier said it’s unrealistic to bring on that many people at one time.

“We’re not at risk of having not enough people, what we’re really just trying to build up our force,” said Bussier.

According to the online job posting, the fires service is looking for people who are 18 or older, have a class five driver’s license, physically able to perform the duties of the job, committed to training at least once a week, live or work in the response area and able to respond to emergencies at various times of the day.

Bussier said the application process will begin with a phone call or email to make sure the applicant understands the responsibilities of the job.

“After that, we have people come out to the firehouse and meet the group to make sure that it actually is for them, and then they’ll start getting some training and eventually end up responding,” said Bussier.

Interested people can apply by contacting their local fire department

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said growing COVID-19 case numbers continue to be a concern in the province. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta announces 1,077 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

There are currently 14,052 active cases in the province

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the 500 deaths from COVID-19 in the province are a tragic milestone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta hits ‘tragic milestone’ with more COVID-19 deaths

Province up to 500 COVID-19 deaths, adds 1,265 cases

Photo Submitted
Sylvan Lake Grade 2 students in Holiday Healing Campaign

Students in Nicole Eleniak’s class worked to share love and joy with other children this holiday

Alberta premier Jason Kenney declared a public health state of emergency Tuesday and sweeping new measures as COVID-19 cases in the province continue to rise. (photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Kenney declares state of public health emergency as COVID-19 cases rise

High schools shift to online learning, businesses face new restrictions

Kyle Charles poses for a photo in Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Marvel Entertainment, the biggest comic book publisher in the world, hired the 34-year-old First Nations illustrator as one of the artists involved in Marvel Voice: Indigenous Voices #1 in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
VIDEO: Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

Kyle Charles says Indigenous women around the world have reached out

File Photo
Sylvan Lake Town Council asks for a mask bylaw to be brought forward for consideration

The bylaw would require face coverings in all indoor Town-owned and operated facilities

The corporate headquarters of Pfizer Canada are seen in Montreal, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The chief medical adviser at Health Canada says Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be approved in Canada next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Health Canada expects first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved next month

Canada has a purchase deal to buy at least 20 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine,

People wear face masks as they pose next to a Christmas display in Montreal, Sunday, November 22, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
How to tell family their Christmas gathering is too risky and you’re not going

Dr. Hurst says it’s best to frame the conversation from a place of care, stressing safety precautions.

A sign instructs people to wear masks in downtown Calgary on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Pub and restaurant owners are trying to figure out how to comply with a stricter COVID-19 measure in Alberta that dictates only six people from the same household can sit at one table. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Brewpub owner pleased Alberta not closing sit-down dining as COVID-19 cases soar

Alberta’s caseload of COVID-19 infections has been growing for weeks

This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)
Canada can make vaccines, just not the ones leading the COVID-19 race

Canada has spent more than $1 billion to pre-order seven different developing COVID-19 vaccines

(File photo)
Alberta woman charged after allegedly hitting boy with watermelon at B.C. campsite

Police say a disagreement among friends at an Adams Lake campsite turned ugly

A pedestrian wears masks while out walking in front of the Alberta Legislature as the COVID-19 numbers spike in Edmonton on Tuesday November 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Doctor says Alberta restrictions not enough to reduceCOVID-19 strain on hospitals

Mithani notes people are still allowed to gather indoors at large places of worship and in bars,

Most Read