Agassiz firefighters worked with Popkum Fire Dept. to knock down a house fire at Ashton Road. The house was vacant

House fire, injuries and car accidents have fire fighters hopping busy

Agassiz fire department kept busy with multiple calls

The Agassiz Fire Department has seen multiple callouts for the month of June, says Chief Wayne Dyer.

On June 1, AFD assisted the BC Ambulance Service for an unconscious, unresponsive male with head injuries. AFD assisted with the injured male and helped prepare him with BCAS. On June 13 AFD again was called to assist BCAS with a diabetic patient, and on June 15 they again assisted BCAS to help move a patient out of an apartment building.

They also had a callout on June 16, for a hand glider that crashed into a tree, causing a single male glider to fall 50’ to the ground. Upon arrival the AFD helped to stabilize the patient and proceeded to help BCAS load the patient into the awaiting ambulance.

An elderly female was struck on her scooter by a van backing out of a parking stall near Subway. The fire department was first on scene and provided medical aid prior to the ambulance arriving. On that same call AFD was asked to check the leg on an 11-year-old girl who took a fall camping. Much to the perseverance of the young lady that she was fine, the parent was advised stitches were required and off to hospital they went.

There was a two vehicle motor vehicle accident at the Tea Cup. Although there were only minor injuries, the fire department was required to stop the vehicles’ fluid from running into the ditches preventing any contaminates to get into nearby water sources. A female driver had misjudged a corner and landed on the grass. The driver was assessed for any injuries and was left with the RCMP officer on scene.

June also had five burning complaints from various parts of the District, Dyer reports.

“The community is reminded that you do require a permit to burn and it has to be ready if required to show it,” he said. “Any questions on a permit or fire regulations on when and where you can have a fire, you can call the AFD or the district of Kent for information.”

AFD had a report of visible smoke and fire in the vicinity of Mt. Woodside. Agassiz RCMP called AFD out to a single vehicle that left the roadway. Arriving on scene, firefighters were faced with the vehicle smoking heavily and oil and fuel leaking into the nearby ditches. AFD first controlled traffic and then took care of the fluids before any damage to the nearby water filled ditches occurred.

Firefighters were paged out early Sat., June 29, for a fully involved structure fire on Lougheed and Ashton. When they arrived fire was already venting through the roof. Popkum Fire Dept. was called in to assist Agassiz and the crews working together quickly contained the blaze. The fire is being treated as suspicious and anyone who any information is asked to call the Agassiz fire department or the Agassiz RCMP.

The department had a callout that same day for an ATV rollover up east Harrison Forest Service Road. They were met just off the main road to a young child with serious injuries. The child was air lifted to Chilliwack. They left to head another 13 kilometers up east Harrison where the mother was still laying on the side of the road with injuries. BCAS arrived there and also took the patient to Chilliwack.

Finally, on Sunday, June 30, AFD were called to an MVA involving a motorcycle and a van. The motorcyclist was transported to Chilliwack by BCAS with non life threatening injuries. Dyer offers this reminder to all drivers of motor vehicles:  “As the roads get busier for summer, when you see emergency crews on the roads please slow down and watch for directions from the emergency crews. As summer kicks off lets buckle up slow down and get to where we are going safely.”