Gilmer VFD reports increase in calls
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Jun 21, 2014 | 463 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As of Tuesday the Gilmer Volunteer Fire Dept. has received 57 more calls in the first 5 1/2 months of 2014 than during the same period for 2013--but he doesn’t know why the number is up.

The calls are coming in spurts, he said, as “We’ll go a day with none, and then all of a sudden, we’ll have four or five” in a day.

The department had received 225 calls this year through Sunday (June 15), compared to 168 for the corresponding period last year, Taylor said.

Of the 47 calls the department received in May, 14 were for grass fires, he reported. With the area now experiencing summertime heat, the fire chief urged, “Be careful with outdoor burning. We’ve got a lot of rain, but it’s still dry.”

The department worked a total of 185.94 man-hours in May, Taylor reported.

Besides the grass fires, he said, the number of calls by categories included vehicle accidents, 8; structure fires, 5; fire alarms, 5; Jaws of Life extrication tool/rescue, 3; electrical wiring, 3; vehicle fires, 2; smoke/gas odor, 2; calls canceled en route, 2; assist police, 1; public service, 1; hazardous material/spill, 1.
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