Thursday, July 1, 2021 may go down in history, not only for record temperatures but for the number of calls Drumheller volunteer firefighters needed to respond to.
It has been one of the busiest days ever for the Drumheller Fire Dept. with seven calls, a parade and a fire watch for the Canada Day fireworks in Drumheller.
The calls started just after noon and uniquely came in pairs throughout the day.
The department responded to alarm calls at two local businesses.
Then, just as the Canada Day drive-by parade for Sunshine/Hillview Lodges and the hospital started at 1:30 p.m., volunteers were called to a large grass fire above Nacmine, Alta. and an EMS Medical First Response (MFR) call to the hospital.
Around 5:30 p.m. they responded to an EMS Medical Assist call for a patient trapped on the hills above the hoodoos and another EMS MFR call in downtown Drumheller.
Around 8 p.m., volunteers received a call to a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence in the Greentree area.
A crew was also watering down the grass and providing a fire watch for the town’s fireworks display.
Drumheller has three volunteer-operated fire halls including Drumheller, Rosedale and East Coulee and they all were involved in helping to keep the community and citizens safe.
From what our members can recall, today may have been the most calls we have ever handled in a single day.
Volunteer firefighters put out a fire in Nacmine, Alta on Thurs. July 1. Photo by Kyle Suntjens