Wetaskiwin County fire service calls up last year over 2014

The County of Wetaskiwin Fire Protection Services responded to a total of 328 calls in 2015, which is up from the 250 calls in 2014.

The County of Wetaskiwin Fire Protection Services responded to a total of 328 calls in 2015, which is up from the 250 calls in 2014.

The Buck Lake and Alder Flats area saw a total of 22 calls, down from 30; rural Millet had 68 calls, up from 56; Mulhurst had 28 calls which was three less than 2014; South Pigeon Lake saw 81 calls, almost double 2014’s 45 calls; Wetaskiwin rural had 98 calls, up from 69; and Winfield went from 19 to 31 calls.

Mike Zajac, director of emergency services says 18 of the calls from South Pigeon Lake were alarms. He added as more and more pricey homes are erected in the area he expects there to be more alarms.

“For the most part we don’t know why the alarms were going off,” said Zajac.

Zajac says the reason 2015 had so many more calls than 2014 is largely due to building alarms; mostly residential fire alarms in and around Pigeon Lake and the summer villages.

“All other call types are up slightly which adds to the overall increase in numbers,” he added, in an email to the Leduc/Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer.

Zajac also pointed out to council there were also more motor vehicle accidents in 2015 than 2014. “Those are always up.”

County of Wetaskiwin CAO Frank Coutney asked Zajac during council’s Feb. 16 meeting if the possibility of spring fires were going to be a concern.

Zajac said what helped so much last year was getting the fire ban on early. He added there may be the possibility of setting one even earlier this year. “I really think we’ll have to play it by ear.”


Just Posted

Late night fight in Wetaskiwin results in aggravated assault, assault with a weapon charges

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate armed robbery and aggravated assault

Maskwacis featured in documentary series that unearths Indigenous cuisine

Red Chef Revival’s host visits community, elders and Nipisihkopahk School

Millet council fires town manager Teri Pelletier

Press release says CAO terminated for just cause

Wetaskiwin Arts and Music Festival at Ag Society

Festival runs until 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22

Hobby farm approved by County of Wetaskiwin May 17

Just over 17 acres re-zoned as hobby farm

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Ponoka County receives update from energy lobby group

CAPP hopes to work with municipalities on property tax issues

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Fighter Jets light up Bucs’ to take AFL first place

38-3 loss puts Central Alberta into second place in the AFL

PHOTOS: Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

‘He’s Scamp the Champ, no longer Scamp the Tramp,’ his Californian owner said.

Deals on paid time off for domestic violence ‘beginning of a wave,’ says expert

Philippines was the first country to pay for domestic-violence leave, starting in 2004

Calgary Flames select forward Jakob Pelletier with the No. 26 pick

The 18-year-old winger from Quebec City had spoken with the club earlier in the day and knew they were interested

Most Read