Fire department records 47 calls in 2012


Statistics, goals and trainings were all a part of the annual report from the Montgomery Fire Department that was received by the city council at a January meeting. 
Fire Chief Lloyd Wiechmann submitted the report, stating that a total of 47 calls were recorded last year, which resulted in 1,009 department volunteer hours. Of those calls, 14 were fire calls that included building fires (2), a cooking fire, a contained trash fire, vehicle fires (2), grass fires (5), an outside garbage fire, and dumpster fires (2). 
The department also responded to one overpressure rupture, 19 rescue and emergency calls which included 13 medical assists and two extractions from vehicles, to name a few. Four hazardous condition calls, one service call for smoke or odor, two good intent calls, three false alarms, and three severe weather calls bring the total to 47. 
"Compared to 2011, we're up about four calls," stated Wiechmann. "We had more medical calls in 2012."
Goals met last year are: Completion of 800 MhZ training, NIMS training, and the purchase of a new grass rig. 
Wiechmann said that this year, he is working to fill three open firefighter positions and just completed annual First Responder training. 
"We also need a new ladder truck, but until we get a new hall to store it, it can't happen," he said. "We'll keep pursuing grants and seek donations for a bigger hall."