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Stats say 2019 was SHFAD's third-busiest


January 15, 2020

POLICE OFFICERS Gerritt Southard, right, and Bret Adams assist as firefighters prepare to enter a home on 46th Avenue in which a fire had broken out on Jan. 6.

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance posted its third-busiest year in 2019, with 2,704 medical and fire calls.

That's a 2.5-percent increase from 2,639 in 2018 but lower than 2017, which totaled 2,761 calls. The district's record call load was in 2014, with 2,792 total calls. A decade ago, 2009, the district recorded 2,005 total calls.

Of last year's calls, 2,293 were for medical emergencies, a 2.7-percent increase from 2018, with 2,232 medical calls. The district had as many medical calls in 2016. It had more in 2017 with 2,349 medical calls. The year 2014 was the busiest ever for Sweet H...

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