Red Deer County’s technical rescue team and volunteer firefighters have had a busy month.
The volunteers were called into action about 2 p.m. on Thursday when a dairy owner noticed a barn was in danger of collapsing about 10 km southwest of Penhold.
On arriving, county firefighters and rescue team members found that the snow load on the roof was forcing a wall to lean outwards, causing the roof to sag. The cows had already been moved out of danger.
It took 20 volunteers until 1:30 a.m. to shore up a 40-metre stretch of roof with six-by-six-inch timbers.
Red Deer County reminds residents to keep an eye on the snow load on roofs and call the county if a situation looks dangerous.