Fire calls decrease in February

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to 325 calls last month, a decrease of 49 calls from the previous month, according to their monthly report prepared by Capt. Harold Clark Jr.

As usual, emergency medical calls topped the list as the department responded to 204 in February, 19 fewer than in January.

There were 11 structure fires reported in February, two fewer than in January, and six vehicle fires, three less than the previous month.

During the monthly meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee Monday, Chief Shauwn Howell said four of those fires were determined to be arson.

Howell said “there was no clearcut pattern” as to the location of the fires.

“These affected all parts of Pine Bluff,” Howell said.

Clark reported that the department conducted 64 inspections in February, issued 11 burn permits and installed 40 smoke alarms.

They responded to 19 alarms, 14 fewer than in January, and six brush, grass or rubbish fires.

On another subject, Howell said the department is expecting remodeling work to be completed on two stations within the next 30 days, and work crews have started clearing land at West 32nd Avenue and Beech Street for a new station, which will replace Station 3, currently located at 30th Avenue and Ash Street.

That work is expected to be completed in about a year, Howell said.