100 Mile House Fire Rescue calls were up again in 2018, though unlike previous years, only marginally so.
The department responded to 471 calls in 2018, up from 450 in 2017 and 365 in 2016.
“We didn’t get the snow that we normally do early, so there’s about a month of calls in November that would have increased the numbers as well so we got off a little lucky,” says fire chief Roger Hollander. “Just because the roads were fairly decent in comparison to previous years. Had that been the case each year, it would have been up I would suspect.”
The number of fire calls actually decreased, from 128 in 2017 to 108 in 2018. The number of medical calls also decreased, from 211 in 2017 to 192 in 2018.
“They fluctuate year to year, fire calls, rescue calls or medical calls they all fluctuate. Typically our medical calls are fairly high but in this particular year they went down from the year before and so did fire calls which is always a good thing of course.”
Rescue calls were up slightly, from 111 in 2017 to 126 in 2018.
“There were some more MVIs [motor vehicle incidents] in the area and of course we have such a large area for rescue that involves approximately 10,000 square kilometres.”
A new category of calls was added as well, administrative, of which there were 45 in 2018.
“Those calls are basically calls that have come in by dispatch that require little assistance or little response and sometimes no response but still created a file for those incidents.”
Hollander is reminding residents to make sure they have a smoke alarm and to check the batteries.
“We’re still responding to people’s homes, whether it’s for medicals and we’re out there talking to the public on a regular basis and responding to these calls and we’re still finding that people in this area don’t have working smoke alarms. It’s extremely important and it’s a very cheap piece of equipment that can save your life. If you do live within our fire protection area we would remind the public that we can come out and give you a free smoke alarm if you can’t afford or can’t install one and we’ll do that for you.”