Only 200 feet of 1.75-inch hose, and 400 feet of 5-inch hose, failed this year compared to totals of 1,200 feet in 2013 and 2,475 feet in 2012, he reported.
“A bunch that failed—most of it was in the range that was 30 years old,” Taylor said Tuesday. He said that equipment has “pretty much all” been replaced.
The department also passed all recent state-required testing for ladders, and for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Flow Test, Taylor said. The SCBA test involves the regulator that controls the amount of air from the bottle on air packs, he explained.
Besides undergoing the testing, Gilmer firefighters received 23 calls in June--and 48 more calls in the first six months of 2014 than for the same period last year, Taylor reported.
The department also put in 86.71 volunteer man-hours last month, the chief said.
June was a slow month for calls, Taylor noted. As for the increase in calls for the year to date, “I don’t really have any idea” why that has occurred, he said.
Of June’s calls, more than a third—eight—were grass fires, he reported. Other numbers of calls by categories included fire alarms, 4; structure fires, 2; dumpster/trash fires, 2; calls canceled en route, 2; vehicle accidents, 1; electrical wiring, 1; medical assistance, 1; good intent, 1; service call, 1.