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Fire Alarms Show Decrease Overall at 1,088 Alarms House Fires Show Increase

By James B. Bartle
The year 2012 saw the Sullivan Fire Protection District alarms decrease from 1,396 in 2011 to 1,088 in 2012, with an increase in the number of house fires, 11-in 2011 to 16-2012.
“We had a very busy year and observed some decreases in several areas, but increases in others,” said Sullivan Fire Chief Rich White. “Overall we had another active year in the district with a numbers being down, overall, due to some changes in responding to non-serious emergency services alarms.”
In looking at the year 2012 compared to 2011, the numbers look like this: Overall Fire Alarms were 86 in 2011 compared to 102 in 2012; Overall Rescues and Emergency Medical Assists saw a decrease from 761 in 2011 to 517 in 2012; Hazardous Condition incidents/with no fire decreased from 166 to 119; Service calls went from 108 to 115; Good Intent alarms were 173 in 2011 and 147 in 2012; False Alarms decreased from 99 in 2011 to 84 in 2012.
“We did see traffic accidents with injuries remain the same in 2012 as 2011 with 64. The number of vehicle accidents in the area can vary each year depending upon a number of effects that include winter weather, severe storms, and construction zones,” said White.
As for the increase in house/building fires in 2012 compared to 2011, White still feels that the districts education programs are helping home owners.
“Again there are a number of factors that can cause the overall home/building fires to increase or decrease, weather can play a part with structure fires during the heating season and with dry conditions, brush fires can increase,” said White.
Brush fires were reported as 11 in 2011 with 24 in 2012.
In 2012 the fire district changed the scheduling of the full time firefighters. The three shifts went from working 24 hour shifts to the 48 hour shifts. The shift change is something that is being observed around the country with many fire districts.


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