Fire Department report shows slight decline in call volume in September

The Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department responded to 384 calls for service in September, 11 fewer than for the previous month.

Chief Shauwn Howell presented the monthly report during the city council’s Public Safety Committee meeting Monday.

According to the report, emergency medical calls again dominated the department’s activity as firefighters answered 228 of those calls, 59 percent of the total calls for the month.

Second on the list for the month were 17 vehicle accidents with injuries, which accounted for 4.4 percent of the total calls.

There were eight structure fires reported in September, the same number as the previous month. Four of those were in Ward One and the remaining four were in Ward Four.

The number of reported vehicle fires in both August and September stayed the same at six.

Howell said brush and grass fires dropped from 24 in August to 10 in September and attributed the decease to the county-wide burn ban.

Firefighters responded to 23 alarms last month, four more than in August, and there were 15 false alarms, nine more than for the previous month.

Howell said firefighters attended 1,257 hours of training, and so far his year, have attended 27,730 hours of training on a variety of subjects.

Looking at the fire prevention report, so far this year, 205 smoke alarms have been installed and the department has inspected 44 daycare facilities and 579 companies and conducted 23 code inspections.

The department has investigated 82 fires, with four of them determined to be accidental, 29 others with the cause undetermined and the remaining 56 listed as arson. Of those 56, 43 were structures and the remaining 13 were vehicles.