Calls to fire bureau dropped in 2012
SHAMOKIN - There were more than 300 fewer calls placed to Shamokin Fire Bureau in 2012 compared to 2011.
It's not as if volunteer fire bureau members weren't kept busy; they responded to 1,233 incidents last year.
That's down from 1,556 incidents the year prior, according to year-end reports submitted by former Fire Chief Bruce Rogers.
Rogers had previously said the Flood of 2011 spiked that year's figures compared to 2012.
A breakdown of incidents bureau members responded to in 2012: structure fires, 68; vehicle fires, 4; minor fires (rubbish), 13; inside investigations, 21; outside investigations, 43; carbon monoxide alarms, 10; motor vehicle accidents, 51; rescue assignments, 13; fluids down/haz-mat incidents, 18; basement flooding, 1; standby assignments, 9; automatic alarms, 26; public service details, 29; traffic control incidents, 19; medical assists, 903, and structural collapses, 2.
The command structure is cyclical and rotates every other year. Robert Wolfe is now fire chief; John Klembara, assistant chief; Jason Zimmerman, deputy chief, and Rogers, battalion chief.
According to a report submitted by Wolfe to city council, bureau members responded in January to 36 incidents, including four structure fires, all of which went to second alarm; one automatic fire alarm; one commercial building fire, which went to third alarm; one barn fire; one chimney fire; one rekindle; one inside investigation; one outside investigation; three standby assignments; one carbon monoxide incident, and three motor vehicle accidents.