Fire department receives fewer calls for service in May

The Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department received fewer calls for service in May than in April, according to the department’s monthly report.

Firefighters received a total of 370 calls in May, compared to 431 calls during the previous month. Medical emergencies accounted for 216 calls, or 53.43 percent of the total, and were the most common reason for the calls received in May as well as every other month so far this year.

Emergency calls for structure fires declined from 16 to 11. Of these fires, six occurred in Ward 1, none in Ward 2, one in Ward 3 and three in Ward 4.

The department investigated 10 fires last month, determined three to be arson and did not determine the cause of another seven, the report said.

Reports of vehicle fires declined from eight to seven; brush/grass/rubbish fires declined from 25 to seven; and car accidents with injuries declined from 17 to 14, according to the report. The number of false alarms increased from 19 to 34 between the two months.

The first responders also conducted 90 inspections, installed 14 smoke alarms, conducted 14 home surveys and issued 34 burning permits, according to the report.

The department reminds residents to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, check fire extinguishers, have an evacuation plan in case of a fire, have a first aid kit, check one’s dwelling for broken items and store items properly.

There is a $2,500 reward fund for anyone with information about arson fires leading to an arrest and a conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call 730-2048.