Elkins Fire Department responded to 81 fires in 2018

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Members of the Elkins Fire Department battle a fire at 210 1/2 Kerens Ave. for more than two hours in August.

ELKINS — The Elkins Fire Department responded to a total of 81 fires in 2018, according to recently released statistics.

The EFD also responded to a total of 248 rescue or emergency medical service incidents, 60 hazardous conditions calls and 59 service calls, according to the information provided by Chief Tom Meader.

The department also responded to a total of 75 false alarms or false calls in 2018.

The EFD was called to 31 building fires in 2018, which resulted in a total estimated loss of $200,800, the department’s statistics state. The department also responded to 13 vehicle fires, six cooking fires, five dumpster fires, four mobile home fires, three brush fires and two chimney fires.

In 2018, the department responded to 151 motor vehicle accidents with no injuries, 40 motor vehicle accidents with injuries, and 31 medical assistance calls.

The EFD responded to nine extrication of victims from vehicles calls and four removal of victims from stalled elevator calls.

The department was called in for three swift water rescue incidents, two swimming/recreational water area rescues and one high-angle rescue, as well as two search for a person in water calls and one search for a person on land.

Among hazardous condition calls, the EFD responded to 17 carbon monoxide incidents, 11 power line down calls, eight gas leak calls and three gasoline or other flammable liquid spill calls.

The department also responded to 19 unauthorized burning calls and 15 smoke or odor removal calls.

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