Despite excellent driving conditions in the area, the Estevan Fire Rescue Service members responded to a couple of collisions within 24 hours.
On May 12, fire crews were called out to a two-vehicle collision that occurred in central Estevan. Firefighters provided traffic control. There was airbag deployment in one vehicle.
"There were no significant injuries as a result of the collision. No fluid leaks. So the fire department disarmed and neutralized all electrical energy to the one vehicle with the airbag deployment, and then turned the scene back over to the Estevan city police to investigate the cause of the collision and returned to the station," said Estevan Fire Chief Dale Feser.
Earlier the same day, firefighters responded to a report of a commercial fire alarm that went off in the central part of Estevan.
"Crews did arrive on scene to find that it was a cooking-related incident. There wasn't enough smoke in the building to require any ventilation. So the fire department stayed on scene to assist with resetting the fire alarm panel, and then we returned to the station," Feser said.
The other collision the EFRS crews were called to occurred on May 11 at about 12:30 p.m. There, a grain truck and a semi collided at the intersection of Highway 39 and 47 bypass. While no one was injured, the vehicles blocked the traffic in all directions for some time. Firefighters established the traffic control until RCMP arrived on scene. Estevan EMS assessed and released both drivers at the location.
Some parts of the Estevan area, including the City of Estevan received some much-needed moisture Wednesday afternoon, however, Feser said the area is still under a high fire risk on the index.
"We are just asking the farming and ranching community to exercise extreme caution when they conduct controlled burns and watch the weather conditions and always call in the reported third line for any controlled burns," Feser said.
The controlled burn line number is 1-866-404-4911.