Fires down, emergency medical calls up for Fire and Emergency Services Department

Structure fires and vehicle fires were down slightly in Pine Bluff last month, but emergency medical responses were up, according to the monthly report from the Fire and Emergency Services Department that was presented Tuesday during a meeting of the city council’s public safety committee.

Chief Shauwn Howell said department personnel also responded to fewer vehicle accidents with injuries, and said “there was not a lot of change between July and August figures.”

Specifically, the report showed eight structure fires in August, three in Ward 1, one in Ward 2, one on Ward 3 and three in Ward 4. In July, there were nine structure fires reported.

There were six vehicle fires in August, two fewer than in July, while the number of brush/grass/rubbish fires remained the same at 24 for each month.

According to the report, department personnel answered 235 emergency medical calls in August, 15 more than in July, and that figure accounted for 59 percent of the department’s total calls. There were 18 vehicle accidents with injuries in August, seven less than there were in July.

Firefighters were sent to 19 fire alarms in August, five more than in July, while false alarms calls decreased from nine in July to six in August.

Howell also mentioned the number of classes that department personnel were involved in, and said requests for classes on fire extinguisher use by businesses continue to come in to the department.

“Any business that wants that class can call us and we will be glad to come out and do it,” Howell said.