Busy holiday weekend for Fire Department - AFD Response Details

December 28, 2015/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The Airdrie Fire Department has experienced a very busy holiday weekend, responding to numerous incidents throughout the community.

Incident #1

Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 8:53 a.m. fire crews responded to a reported Structure Fire located in the #400 block of Coopers Drive SW.

On arrival, first in fire crews found a two story, single family residence with heavy fire and smoke conditions showing from the front attached garage. Flames had engulfed the interior of the garage and were threatening the second floor of the structure.

It was quickly determined that the five occupants in the home at the time of the incident, two adults and three children, had self- evacuated to the street prior to the arrival of the fire department.

Due to the size and severity of the fire a second alarm was raised requesting the attendance of additional apparatus and manpower to the scene, including apparatus and firefighters from the Town of Crossfield.

Firefighters initially launched an interior fire attack to combat the blaze. Crews were able to advance to the second floor before fire conditions inside the home deteriorated causing them to exit the structure and apply defensive, exterior suppression efforts.

Water streams were applied to adjacent homes to ensure that damage was minimized due to exposure from intense heat and flames.

Crews on scene were further challenged by an icy and slippery fire ground along with extremely cold conditions. After approximately two hours of aggressive firefighting the blaze was brought under control.

There were no injuries to report.

Cause of the fire and damage estimates remain under investigation by the Fire Prevention Bureau.

Seven pieces of apparatus and twenty-one firefighters were on scene.

Incident #2

Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 5:33 p.m. fire crews responded to a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm located in the #1900 block of Baywater Alley SW. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because you cannot see it, touch it or smell it.

On arrival crews found all residents of the two-story duplex had safely evacuated to the street. AHS were requested to the scene to assess the homeowner who was complaining of not feeling well.

Firefighters entered the home to monitor air quality and found elevated levels of carbon monoxide throughout the residence with the highest reading of 50 parts per million (ppm).

In order to gain entry and conduct air quality readings in the adjacent locked and unoccupied side of the residential duplex RCMP were also requested.

On thorough investigation by fire crews and the gas company, the cause of the incident was determined to be a furnace which was not functioning properly or efficiently. Gas to the unit was shut off until repairs can be completed. Please be reminded that all gas appliances in the home require annual and ongoing maintenance

One piece of apparatus and four firefighters were on scene.

The Airdrie Fire Department reminds residents to ensure annual and ongoing maintenance of all gas burning appliances. Carbon monoxide detectors should be located on every floor where people sleep within 3-5 meters of sleeping quarters.

If you require assistance, helpful information is available from the Airdrie Fire Department at airdrie.ca

Incident #3

Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 12:41 p.m. firefighters responded to the report of a motor vehicle collision (MVC) with possible injuries located at the intersection of 8 Street and Veteran’s Boulevard NW.

When crews arrived they found two badly damaged vehicles with victims trapped inside. Fire crews assisted RCMP to cordon off the immediate area to protect the scene and allow extrication efforts to be completed.

Firefighters then used hydraulic rescue tools to quickly gain access into the damaged vehicle in order to remove two trapped occupants. Once free from the wreckage, the patients were then transferred into the care of AHS Paramedics for treatment and transport to hospital.

Crews remained on scene for approximately two hours until the incident had been resolved and the roadway re-opened.

Three pieces of apparatus and seven firefighters were on scene.

Incident #4

Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. fire crews responded to the report of a commercial fire alarm located at Ralph McCall Elementary School #1505 – 1 Avenue NW.

On arrival crews gained access into the school and quickly determined that a portion of the overhead sprinkler system had failed pouring copious amounts of water into the hallway of the school sounding the alarm. Water was estimated to be 10’’-12” inches deep in the area directly affected by the broken pipe.

Both water and power were shut off to the building to assist firefighters to begin salvage and overhaul efforts. Water was dammed and blocked from extending into other areas of the building while floor drains were removed to help with management of the large amount of water which had pooled.

Rocky View School maintenance personal were requested and arrived on scene to assist. After approximately three hours of salvage work the school was left in their care.

Four pieces of apparatus and eight firefighters were on scene.


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Airdrie Fire Department
403.948.8800 ext.7612


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