Emergency medical calls top fire department’s February activity report

While emergency medical calls continue to dominate the activity of the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department, the department also saw brush/grass and rubbish fires more than double last month compared with February 2013.

For the month, firefighters responded to 355 calls, 30 more than in February 2013.

Two hundred and five (57.75 percent) of the calls in February were EMS calls, compared with 204 EMS calls in 2013.

In addition, there were 15 traffic accidents with reported injuries last month, five fewer than were reported for the same month a year ago.

Reported brush/grass/rubbish fires last month doubled from the same month in 2013, going from six to 12.

There were seven structure fires reported, one each in Wards 1 and 2, two in Ward 3, and Three in Ward 4. A year ago, the department recorded 11 structure fires.

There were three reported vehicle fires last month, half as many as a year ago.

Also according to the monthly report, there were 18 fire alarms sounded, one less than for the same period in 2013, but false alarms increased from six in 2013 to 14 last month.

So far this year, firefighters have responded to 762 calls, an average of 13 per day. For the same two-month period in 2013, firefighters responded to 699 calls, an average of 11.8 calls per day.

The fire prevention report showed department personnel installed 19 smoke alarms last month, conducted 11 home surveys and issued 19 burning permits.

They conducted 43 inspections, 33 of those on a company level. Four more were at daycare facilities, and five were listed as building corrections.