Fire calls up in 2021, chief reports

District cites staffing issues, hospitals at capacity in ongoing pandemic


January 26, 2022

The Sweet Home Fire District made 3,385 runs in 2021 — 865 were fire-related — a 20% increase from the previous year, Fire Chief Dave Barringer reported at a Tuesday, Jan. 18, fire board meeting.

He attributed this to the district’s growing population (the city boasts 10,285 residents, according to the U.S. Census, a jump from 9,619 in 2019) and an influx of people “migrating” into town over the summer. 

“Everybody comes to our lake and campgrounds,” he said. 

Barringer cited other factors as well, including the ubiquity of cellphones — which allows more “passersby” to...

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