By Donna Celaya
Montgomery County Chronicle – Feb. 5, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – Feb. 27, 2015
Cherryvale Fire and Rescue responded to a baker’s dozen fire calls last month.
Three were grass fires, three were motor vehicle accidents involving fire, one was another vehicle fire, four were second-out EMS responses, and two were structure blazes–one of which was a mutual aid call to assist another department.
The department in January also responded to 51 emergency medical service calls involving 45 patients. They included:
- 26 patient transports
- 15 patients who refused transport for further medical attention
- 8 “other,” such as no patient found, call cancelled, patient found dead at the scene
- 2 transported by another agency
The highest percentage of calls for the EMS unit were: a total of six motor vehicle accidents, five abdominal pain, five falls, five fire call stand by, four chest pain and four general pain.
EMS responded within one minute of dispatch 82 percent of the time, up from 71 percent in December; and within three minutes of dispatch 96 percent of the time, in sharp contrast to 86 percent in December.
EMS arrived at the scene within five minutes 75 percent of the time in January, as compared to 78 percent in December; and within 10 minutes of receiving the call 94 percent of the time in January, down slightly from 95 percent in December.
Arrival times are slower when calls are from outside the city limits; 18 of the 51 calls–35.29 percent–were in the county in January.
Chief Jesse Reed’s report to the Cherryvale City Council on Monday evening stated that he looked through December’s reports to discern whether the slower-than-usual response times were the result of consistently slow “chute times” on one shift, or if the problem crossed several shifts. He found that one report was incomplete and missing the times; and two more report templates were open and contained no information.
By eliminating those reports, December’s times were greatly improved.
Reed also reported the CFR is planning a work day at the burn facility at the north end of School Street on Saturday, Feb. 21, weather permitting.