June 27, 2013 / For Immediate Release
Airdrie, AB – On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) responded to two incidents, including a serious multi vehicle collision on Queen Elizabeth Highway northbound by the Town of Crossfield and a grass fire threatening a detached garage at the rear of 50 Sandstone Crescent in Airdrie.
At 14:53 hours AFD responded to the report of a serious multi motor vehicle collision located in the northbound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Highway in the vicinity of the Town of Crossfield. On arrival they found that a semi-tractor trailer unit had collided with numerous passenger vehicles. The Crossfield Fire Department and Alberta Health Services (AHS) ambulance were already on scene and extraction of victims had started.
AFD entered into a support role under the command of the Crossfield Fire Department and set to the task of establishing and maintaining a safe landing zone for STARS Air Ambulance in the northbound lane of the highway. AFD also provided fire suppression standby and assisted Crossfield Fire with patient extrication.
Patient numbers and conditions will be updated by AHS. The cause of the collision is being investigated by RCMP. There were two pieces of AFD apparatus and six firefighters on scene to assist with rescue operations.
At 17:33 hours AFD responded to the report of a grass fire threatening a detached garage at the rear of 50 Sandstone Crescent, Airdrie, AB. On arrival crews found a small amount of smoke coming from the backyard of the residence. Firefighters quickly contained and extinguished the blaze which had spread from the grass to the rear exterior wall of the garage.
Crews used their thermal imaging camera to ensure that the fire did not breech the wall and extend into the interior of the structure. No extension was discovered during salvage and overhaul operations. Four pieces of apparatus and 12 firefighters were on scene. There were no injuries to report.
The cause of the fire, along with damage estimates remain under investigation by the AFD Fire Prevention Bureau.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
Airdrie Fire Department
403.948.8800 ext. 7612