Hood County’s nine volunteer fire departments had an average of 285 calls for service in 2013, according to statistics provided by Fire Marshal Ray Wilson.
The total of 3,424 fire calls included 94 categorized as structure fires. Not all of those were actual full-blown fires at homes or businesses, of course. Some turned out to be minor, with little or no damage.
Wilson said that he used a different method for compiling the statistics than what was in place prior to his start as fire marshal in 2013. The statistics released from the Fire Marshal’s Office from 2012 and before compiled stats using different criteria, making true comparisons invalid. The stats prior to 2013 included separate calls by each department responding to individual fire calls as part of the overall total.
“Many of these calls did involve multi-department response, i.e. three departments to a fire call,” Wilson explained.
Under the old method of compiling stats, 2012 had reached the 4,300 mark in total fire calls for the first time since 2009, with 4,359.
There were 388 fire calls in all for 2013, and Wilson noted that they ranged “from a brush/grass fire to a controlled burn or illegal burn.”
Fire units were called out on 1,897 medical calls last year, and for 270 motor vehicle accidents. There were 38 vehicle fires.
The number of alarms that drew fire department calls was 291, compared to 268 in 2012.
“Alarms are a combination of fire and medical,” Wilson noted.
“Our fire departments have all been working hard to provide a quality service to the residents both when called out and through their commitment to continuous training to be prepared for any emergency. The Fire Marshal’s Office is proud of the efforts of these dedicated men and women who commit themselves to our protection and safety.”
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