EMS calls dominated fire department activity in July


Almost 56 percent of the calls that the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department responded to in July were emergency medical calls, according to the department’s monthly report.

Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to 220 emergency medical calls, far more than any other category. The July total was one more than the total of emergency medical responses in June.

According to the monthly report, there were nine structure fires in July, one in Ward 1, two in Ward 2, five in Ward 3 and one in Ward 4. Those accounted for 2.3 percent of the department’s total calls for the month. There were 16 structure fires in June.

Brush/grass/rubbish fires increased significantly in July when compared to June, jumping from five to 24.

Vehicle fires also increased slightly last month from seven to eight.

The report for July said department personnel responded to 25 vehicle accidents with injuries, one more than in the previous month.

They responded to 14 fire alarms, seven fewer than in June, and answered nine alarm calls that were false, one more than the previous month.

There were a total of 114 inspections conducted during July, 86 at a company level, eight at daycare facilities, eight more code inspections and the remaining 12 were building corrections.

The department installed 24 smoke alarms, conducted six home surveys and issued seven burn permits.