Gilmer Fire Department responded to 64 calls in June
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Jul 15, 2018 | 666 views | 0 0 comments | 226 226 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gilmer Fire Department responded to 64 calls in June--24 more than in May--partly due to increases in grass fires and medical assistance calls, said Fire Chief Jerry Taylor.

The number of grass blazes rose from six to 14, while the number of medical calls jumped from seven to 15, he said. Medical calls involve assisting ambulance crews in cases of cardiac arrest, heart attack or stroke.

Other categories of calls, and the number of each for June, included vehicle accidents, eight; structure fires, five; fire alarms activating, five; electrical wiring, four; canceled en route, four; “Jaws call/rescue” (referring to the Jaws of Life extrication tool), tqo; hazardous material spills/gas leaks, two; public service, two; good intent, one; cooking fire, one; and false alarms, one, Taylor said.

The department worked a collective 457.76 man-hours in June, he added.

Taylor also reminded citizens to be “careful with outdoor fires,”--specifically cooking and burning, his time of year.
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