The Chillicothe Fire Department has released their 2012 year end report. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Fire Chief Darrell Wright:
Wright said the dry weather nearly doubled tree, brush, and grass fires for the year, bringing the total to 32.
“Grass fires take a long time and a lot of people, and we’re a paid department, so it cost us a lot in overtime,” said Wright, “There’s no question, they’re very expensive for us to fight, and most times more than structure fires.”
Accomplishments for the year include the purchase of a new ambulance and having the department certified as a safe haven for newborns.
Year End Report from the Chillicothe Fire Department
Carbon monoxide related calls 14
Rescue other than auto extrication 04
Customer service calls 89
Install new smoke detectors 11
Fire code/safety inspections 141
Spill leak/ hazmat no fire 17
Structure fires 41
Outside of structure fires 11
Smoke scare 10
Auto extrication/rescue 12
Automatic alarm system malfunction 06
Automobile fires 06
False alarms 19
Storm Watch 02
Mutual aide to others 18
EMS calls 1840
TOTAL EMS/FIRE CALLS 2273
Fire Department 2012 Year-end Report
1. Completed specifications and ordered new Ambulance
2. Hosted a community wide Storm Spotter Class
3. Updated local Emergency Operations plans and had them approved by SEMA.
4. Hosted a region RHSOC meeting here in Chillicothe
5. Started grant process to upgrade city storm shelters
6. Completed Storm Siren Project for new siren system in city.
7. Fire Chief elected to second term on Missouri Fire Chief’s board of directors.
8. Fire Chief elected as chair of the Region H RHSOC.
9. Fire Chief appointed to the regional Child Advocacy governance board
10. Conducted a public open house for the New Fire Station
11. Hosted a foam class for local firefighters
12. Applied for and awarded $3,000.00 grant from Missouri Department of Conservation
13. Brought CFD in compliance with Federal Regulation on narrow banding of communications equipment.
14. Hosted a regional Agriculture Terrorism Class.
15. Add new cardiac monitor with transmission capabilities
16. Conducted Fire Fighter II class(240 hours).
17. Updated ambulance billing procedures
18. Hosted Regional EMS Safety Class.
19. Applied for FEMA Fire Grant
20. Obtained a rehab station for firefighters.
21. Obtained a Light Tower Unit for the department
22. Completed evaluating, specifying, and purchasing new rescue tools for the department. They have not been delivered.
23. Obtained Storm Ready Designation for the City.
24. Hosted Regional Live Training Exercise.
25. Applied for and received MIRMA Safety Award.
26. Hosted several teleconference training sessions here at CFD.
27. Had the department certified as a SAFE HAVEN FOR NEWBORNS.