EMS calls total half of calls for PB Fire, Emergency Services Department

Half of the emergency calls the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department responded to in November were emergency medical calls, according to the department’s monthly report.

Of the 386 calls the firefighters responded to last month, 193 were EMS calls, which was four less than for the month of October when the department had 367 total calls.

The report, prepared by Lt. Harold Clark, showed 15 structure fires in November, seven more than for the previous month, while the number of vehicle fires remained the same — six each.

So far this year, the department has investigated 119 fires, 99 of those structure fires. Of that number, 68 are listed as being caused by arson, another 22 where the cause is undetermined and the remaining nine accidental. Of the 18 vehicle fires this year, 15 are listed as being caused by arson.

The report showed four fire-related deaths this year, including two in November, and one each in February and March.

There were nine more brush/grass or rubbish fires in November (29) than there were in October (20), while false alarm calls decreased from 14 in October to six last month.

For the month, fire and emergency services personnel answered 30 fire alarm calls, which is four more than for the previous month, and responded to eight fewer accidents with injuries, 18 in November compared to 26 in October.

Clark reported the department has installed 497 smoke alarms this year and conducted another 25 home surveys and spent more than 4,000 hours in individual training.