Hot, dry conditions keep firefighters busy

Agassiz Fire Department responded to 24 call outs, nine complaints of burning and 7 training sessions in June.

Agassiz fire report.

Agassiz Fire Department responded to 24 call outs, nine complaints of burning and 7 training sessions in June.

The month started with crews responding to a single vehicle motor vehicle accident (MVA) on Mt. Woodside, the lone female occupant was uninjured.

On June 4, while at a weekly Fire Department training session at the Centennial Park playgrounds, crews attended to a child who was having an allergic reaction until the BC Ambulance crew arrived on scene.

June 5 had fire crews attending a public service call with an RCMP member.

The dry hot weather kept crews busy on June 10 attending to two grass fires.

On June 12, the Agassiz Fire Department was called to a pedestrian struck along the Haig Hwy., once on scene crews assisted BC Ambulance Service with patient care and also set up the landing zone for the Medi-Vac helicopter. Later that day crews attended a commercial alarm in the 6900 block of Lougheed Hwy. June 14, Agassiz Fire Department was called to assist Popkum Fire Department with a transport truck on fire on Hwy. No 1, Agassiz responded with its Tender.

Pagers were going off later that day as crews attended a Motorcycle MVA on Mt Woodside, while on scene crews extinguished an engine compartment fire on a vehicle stopped at the scene.

On June 21, had Agassiz Fire Department called to a multi-vehicle accident on the Lougheed Highway, on route it was determined to be in North Fraser Fire Department’s area. Agassiz assisted North Fraser with patient care and vehicle stabilization. Later that day crews attended a single vehicle (moped) accident, the elderly man was found lying on the Lougheed Highway. Agassiz Fire assisted BC Ambulance with patient care and set up for BC Ambulance Air Medi-Vac.

On June 25, had fire crews attend a hazard material call on Pioneer Ave., on scene it was determined to be a small amount of gasoline that had leaked from a parked vehicle. An absorbent was applied to contain it.

The evening of June 26, crews were paged for the report of a single vehicle accident on Cheam Ave., it was found that a single vehicle had left the roadway ending up in the center median on top of bushes. The lone male occupant was not injured.

On June 27, fire crews assisted BC Ambulance with a lift assist of a patient from the residence.

The morning of June 29 had fire crews paged to assist Seabird fire for a residential structure fire. It was determined to be a toaster that had malfunctioned, and responding units were cancelled by incident command on scene. Later that day fire crews were called again for a hazard material call on School Road in Harrison Mills, on scene crews checked the building with the gas detector and nothing was found. The pagers were going off again later that day as fire crews attended a grass fire on Whelpton Road. Quick actions by a responding RCMP Officer put most of the fire out with a fire extinguisher and water bottles, saving it from spreading further. The Fire Department extinguished the rest of the hot spots.

June 30, fire crews were paged to Seabird Island for a hazard material incident, it was determined that a burner was left on in the building. En-route to the hazard material call the responding Engine stopped to check a vehicle in the ditch, the lone occupant was out of vehicle and a tow truck was on scene.

The month ended with crews attending three commercial alarms in the 7200 block of Morrow Road, all three incidents were found to be false.

It was an extremely busy month for fire crews, who want to remind people not to discard cigarette butts out your vehicle window in these extremely dry conditions.