2013 saw increase in emergency calls, fire chief says
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:00 AM
The Philadelphia Fire Department responded to over 1,000 emergency calls in 2013, a 13 percent increase or 903 calls the previous year.
Chief Pierce Clark presented this information to the city Board of Aldermen last week as part of an annual year-end report.
These incidents, he said, include extinguishing fires, treatment and extrication at vehicular accidents, fire alarms, weather related incidents and basic life-support techniques.
The department also provides mutual aid to neighboring departments in accordance with numerous agreements throughout Neshoba County.
The city fire department responded to 1,023 emergency assistance calls in 2013, a 13 percent increase or 903 calls over the previous year
There were also 596 calls for emergency medical services, which represent over half of the department's total responses.
Clark said that the department responded to 81 fires in 2013.
That included 34 structure and 13 vehicular fires. During those fires, one civilian died and one firefighter was injured, the chief said.
Three of the fires were labeled arson and one suspicious.
The highest response over the year was to fall injuries, at 122. Motor vehicle accidents with injuries accounted for 110 responses. In addition, the fire department responded to one electrocution, five traumatic injuries and two overdoses, among numerous other medical calls.
The fire department also provides aid to other emergency response agencies. They did so six times in 2013.
They also performed five dive/water operations and five controlled burns.
To further serve the community, Clark said that the department conducted 554 building inspections in 2013 in addition to 480 fire hydrant inspections bi-annually. The department also conducted several fire safety education programs and appearances impacting over 750 individuals, the chief said.
The department continues to respond with personnel and specialized equipment to incidents involving hazardous materials, trench rescue, rope rescue, confined space rescue and structural collapse.
Because of the amount of incidents they respond to, firefighters are required to have a significant amount of training and equipment, the chief said.
The department participated in 2,946 hours of training both off-site and in house, he said.
"These numbers and hours represent the dedication the men of the Philadelphia Fire Department have to ensure the citizens of Philadelphia and Neshoba County have the best possible protection they can get," Chief Clark said. "As budgets seem to get tighter and tighter every year we are striving to provide the best service that money can buy."