Active wildlife in the Estevan area has been frequently coming into contact with drivers lately, which in most cases were not good for either of the participants.
Estevan Fire Rescue Service (EFRS) members were called to another accident Tuesday that involved a deer. The collision happened about one kilometre east of Bienfait at about 10 p.m.
“Crews arrived on scene to find out that the vehicle did suffer some fairly significant damage, however, the driver was uninjured,” said Estevan Fire Chief Dale Feser.
Fire crews provided traffic control. The driver was picked up by a friend, while the towing company recovered the vehicle.
“Another big word of caution there. When the motoring public is out driving around during the nighttime, especially dusk and dawn are the times of the day when we see a lot of wildlife activity and they seem to be up moving around. Just exercise a little bit of extra caution, use some situational awareness when you are driving, adjust your driving speed to the road conditions,” said Feser.
Human vision is also adjusting during the twilight times, which makes the situations even more dangerous.
“Just make sure that you are paying attention as there is lots of wildlife,” said Feser.
There were some signs of the animal being injured due to collision, however, firefighters were unable to locate it as it probably wandered away from the scene.
On Tuesday night just before the call, firefighters were going through their regular training at the station. At this time, the department broke into three separate platoons. One of them was running hydrant drills, another one was doing the ground monitor training and the third one was doing aerial breathing apparatus drills.
The EFRS will also be on scene for the July 1 fireworks in Estevan, monitoring the situation and ensuring there is no fire on the ground. They are currently working with the City of Estevan and the company that will set up the fireworks, ensuring the safety of the celebration.
“We strongly encourage everybody to enjoy the show at home. The fireworks are going to be … reaching higher elevation, so everybody should be able to see it safely from the comfort of their back yard.”
Feser also reminded the public that consumer fireworks are not allowed within the city limits.
“Please, let the professionals do the show and kick back, enjoy and relax.”