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SHFAD calls down, but department's getting plenty done


January 9, 2019

A NEW BRUSH RIG AND AMBULANCE are among the fire district's major bond purchases in 2018.

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District saw a 4.4 percent decline in its total number of calls in 2018.

But while that aspect of the department's operations saw a downtick, SHFAD's been plenty busy in other areas.

The fire department responded to 2,639 calls in 2018, down from 2,761 in 2017.

Of those, 2,232 were medical calls and 407 were fire calls. In 2017, the district responded to 2,347 medical calls and 412 fire calls. Last year, the district had a 6-percent uptick. Its record for call loads was in 2014 with 2,792 fire and medical calls.

"The call volume feels pretty consistent...

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