County fire crews save barn in danger of collapsing

Red Deer County’s technical rescue team and volunteer firefighters have had a busy month.

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.

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