It was a very busy year for the High River Fire Department as they responded to 833 calls, up from 671 the year before.

Fire Chief Len Zebedee says they had a busy year.

"A good percentage of those calls are medical calls," said Zebedee. "When an ambulance is 10 minutes or further out we get called to do a backup."

In 2017 they responded to 514 medical calls, which he adds is 12 per cent more than last year.

So far though the department is keeping staffing on the same level.

"We are going to hold our manpower to the same level as the last two years. We will see what out call volume is again this year."

Zebedee says they already have had a high volume of calls this year.

The following is a breakdown of the 833 calls they attended in 2017!

The busiest month of the year was December with 97 calls.

51 - Fires (including fire pits)
4 - water rescues
39 - Motor Vehicle Collisions
13 - Public Hazards
40 - Gas Leaks
46 - Public Service calls
107 - Alarm Calls (including odor, sprinkler, & false alarms)
9 - Mutual Aid
514 - Medical Calls
10 - Miscellaneous Calls

Calls by Year:
2014 - 576 Calls
2015 - 651 Calls
2016 - 671 Calls
2017 - 833 Calls

Calls by month for 2017:
60 - January
52 - February
70 - March
42 - April
57 - May
93 - June
84 - July
73 - August
71 - September
65 - October
69 - November
97 - December


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