Last week the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire Service went into record-breaking territory, with its 452nd call for service in the year. Last year’s 451 calls was an all-time record. Unless some kind of miracle happens, this year’s final number will leave it in the dust.
Most of the calls are minor in nature. Asked about the big numbers, chief Alex Pavcek says, “nothing major, just more activity.”
For example, the 10 latest calls reported at the Dec. 1 town council meeting included four motor vehicle collisions, three medical co-response calls, two alarm responses, and one smoke investigation.
All the motor vehicle ones were minor, Pavcek says. Vehicles slid off the road or hit animals. Injuries, where there were any, were minor.
Asked to explain why there was so much activity this year, Pavcek says due to COVID, “we saw a lot of visitors to our region during the summer.”
Campgrounds were full and boat launches were busy. Another factor, he thinks, is more people are staying home, so “more cooking alarms and medical calls.”
Accidents hauling trailers and boats were also up. There were a few more incidents on the water than usual as well.