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Bemidji Fire Department Releases Statistics For 2018


STEVE HALL DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES AT THE AGE OF 64.>>>THE BEMIDJI FIRE DEPARTMENT RELEASED STATS SUMMARIZING THEIR 2018 YEAR, ALONG WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S EXPECTATIONS AND GOALS FOR THE 2019 YEAR. THE BEMIDJI FIRE DEPARTMENT CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST STATIONS IN THE STATE. BEMIDJI FIRE RESPONDED TO A TOTAL OF 986 EMERGENCY CALLS IN 2018, 129 OF THOSE CALLS BEING FIRE RELATED. THANKS TO THEIR WORK. BEMIDJI FIRE ESTIMATES MORE THAN 7 MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPERTY WAS SAVED LAST YEAR WITH ONLY 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPERTY LOST.>>LONG AT OUR CAUSES OF FIRE. THEY CONTINUE TO BE THE SAME AS THEY HAVE FOR THE PAST NUMBER OF YEARS. BUILDING FIRE WISE, THE MOST COMMON PLACE FOR US TO HAVE A FIRE IS RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS. THE MOST COMMON CAUSE IN THAT RESIDENTIAL SETTING IS UNATTENDED COOKING, SO SOMETHING ON THE STOVE TOP IS BY FAR THE MOST COMMON ONE FOR US. AND THAT DIDN’T CHANGE IN 2018.>>OVERALL THE NUMBERS ARE CONSISTENT WITH BEMIDJI’S FIRES PAST TEN YEARS. HOEFER POINTS OUT THAT IT WAS A NORMAL WILDFIRE SEASON FOR THEM, ALTHOUGH BUILDING FIRES WERE UP BY MORE THAN TEN FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. BEMIDJI FIRE CONTINUES TO PUT A HIGH EMPHASIS ON PREVENTION, BOTH ON THE EDUCATIONAL SIDE AND THE CODE ENFORCEMENT SIDE TO MAKE SURE THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDS WHAT IS CAUSING FIRES IN THE BEMIDJI AREA.>>AS FAR AS OUR RESPONSES GO, I THINK WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PUT A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON OUR PREVENTION PROGRAM, OUR CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. ULTIMATELY THAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SAFE A LIFE, PREVENT AN INJURY, PROTECT PROPERTY IS PREVENTING THAT FIRE FROM STARTING. OUR RESPONSE MODELS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT ADAPTING, MINIMIZE FIRES ONCE THEY START, WE ADDED A NEW STATION TO BETTER SERVE OUR NORTH END AREA IN 2018.>>AND REMEMBER, PREVENTION IS KEY. THE BEMIDJI FIRE DEPARTMENT REMINDS EVERYONE THAT THE BEST

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