Police, fire departments have record 2012
Milton Fire and Rescue responded to 233 calls
Friday, January 04, 2013 10:00 AM
Milton Fire and Rescue volunteers responded to more accidents and calls last year than ever before.
Historically, crews have responded to a little over 100 calls a year. Yet in 2012, crews received a record number of calls - 233.
The department's previous record had been 120 runs in 2009, Chief Jason Long said.
Throughout 2012, Milton crews responded to 101 vehicle accidents, 49 good intent calls, 33 fires, 27 service calls, 10 false alarms, eight severe weather incidents and five hazardous conditions calls.
"We don't even have calls like we normally do," Long said, noting fire responses weren't as numerous as usual.
Instead, injury and non-injury vehicle accidents made up almost half of the calls in 2012 .
"It might just be a lot more people on the roads," Long said. "It's not fires."
Yet, even common locations for accidents - such as the Milton hill and the curve near the Lions Club on U.S. 421 - didn't have as many accidents as usual.
"It was all over," Long said.
The Milton Fire and Rescue crews began to respond with Bedford fire crews in the last few months of the year because of a lack of volunteers in the county, which might have increased numbers a little, but not by 113, Long said.
Even with the damage from the March tornado that hit parts of Kentucky and Indiana, severe weather calls made up just a minor portion of runs during the year. The department only responded to four calls the day the tornadoes hit, and the major call was for the destruction of Milton Fire and Rescue's Station 2.
This record-breaking year also comes at a time when budgets and funding for the department have been cut. The Trimble County Fiscal Court decreased funding to the Milton and Bedford fire department from $30,000 that had been the annual allocation to $20,000 for each of the two departments as a cost-saving measure for the county's budget.
Subscriptions have also decreased for the upcoming year, yet Long doesn't expect the calls to decrease any time soon.
"All this is going to hurt us," Long said.
Though some of the runs in 2012 were false alarms or good intent calls which were canceled en route to the location, those runs take gasoline and the use of equipment - which takes money - he said.
Even as one record-breaking year comes to an end, Long doesn't really expect a severe decrease in runs over this coming year.
The department already responded to two calls within the first three days of 2013.