Fire calls up in October compared with previous month

Increases in a number of different types of emergency calls in October pushed the total of monthly calls for the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department up, compared with the previous month.

According to the department’s monthly report, there were 43 more calls in October than there were in September. The total for October was 427, compared with 384 in September.

Included in the increases were 12 structure fires, four more than in the previous month. Specifically, that broke down to three in Ward 1, one in Ward 2, three in Ward 3 and five in Ward 4.

As usual, the majority of the calls handled by the department during the month were emergency medical calls. There were 239 emergency medical calls in October, an increase of 11 over the previous month, while 24 traffic accidents with injuries were reported, eight more than in September.

An increase also was noted in responses to fire alarms last month. There were 38 of those calls, 15 more than in September. At the same time, there were eight calls that were determined to be false alarms, seven fewer than in September.

Reported vehicle fires stayed the same, six each for September and October, while brush/grass/rubbish fires decreased from 1o in September to nine in October.

According to the department’s Fire Prevention Report, firefighters conducted 67 inspections in October, installed 25 smoke alarms and issued 26 burn permits.

They investigated five suspicious fires and all five were determined to be arson. So far this year, the department said 61 fires have been the result of arson, 47 of them structures. The remaining 14 were vehicles.