Monday, January 12, 2015

Busy weekend for Pincher Creek Emergency Services

Toni Lucas

Incidents at at Castle Mountain, incidents at the MCC arena, and a single vehicle rollover kept Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) busy on the weekend of January 9 - 11.  "It was a busy weekend on ambulance due to the hockey tournament and ski season being in full swing," said PCES Deputy Chief Pat Neumann.  A Midget hockey tournament was being hosted at the Memorial Community Centre Arena, and several hockey players were injured and required assessment or treatment.  Castle Mountain Ski Resort was busy, open for the season and with a Skimo event underway.  Weather conditions, with blowing snow and icy roads, made driving challenging at times.

On Friday, January 9 at 8:49 pm PCES responded to a single vehicle rollover in the south ditch of Highway 3 approximately 1 km west of Pincher Creek, near the turn-off to Township Road 70, which runs past Pincher Creek Airport. The two occupants of the vehicle were assessed and released on scene. Cowley Rescue and Pincher Rescue responded. Weather conditions including blowing snow may have been a contributing factor.

Deputy Chief Neuman said that PCES responded to several calls at Castle Mountain, with first response provided by Beaver Mines Emergency Fire Department. A call at approximately 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 11 also required and ambulance from Pincher Creek, which transported one patient to Pincher Creek Hospital, who was later transferred by STARS to a hospital in Calgary.

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