Fire department reflects on record-breaking year


CHARLESTON, Ill. (WCIA) — One fire department is looking back on a recording-breaking year for call volumes in 2019.

Charleston firefighters rushed to the scene for a total of 5,433 calls. However, most of them were not for a fire.

The Charleston Fire Department is also the sole emergency medical service provider for the area.

“You are finding better fire codes, more sprinkling systems and better education on part of the fire departments….You are seeing less and less actual fire calls and more and more EMS calls,” said Chief Steve Bennet of the Charleston Fire Department.

They responded to 598 fire calls throughout the year and 4,835 medical calls.

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