Just the same, you're welcome to visit our new web site at http://www.albionfiredept.com -- or my newspaper's site at http://www.app-printing.com/
Winter weather often brings activities to a stop, but it caused a bumper crop of trouble for the Albion Fire Department in January.
Fire Chief Brad Rollins reported in the AFD's January activity report that the department made 37 runs in the first month of 2010, far above average. Weather was a factor in many of those calls, including 5 personal injury vehicle accidents. "Runs have been up considerably," Rollins told the Albion Town Council at its February 23 meeting, and he confirmed road conditions as the main culprit.
Temperatures may have also been a factor, not only in a chimney fire the AFD fought but in 2 fires, 3 mutual aid calls to assist at structure fires, and a standby during another fire. In addition, the AFD responded to 1 hazardous material incident, 18 medical assist calls, 2 fire alarms, 4 service calls.
Officials are asking the public to be extra careful both in their driving and in home heating, since winter is still far from over.
AFD members put 620.5 man-hours into department duties during January: 394 on calls, 97 in fire training, 52 in first responder training, 30 in building maintenance, 26 in vehicle maintenance, and 21.5 in office and administrative work.
Several rookie firefighters have been training over the winter, including two who just finished Mandatory Firefighter training and completed their six month probationary period: Kylen Branham and Melissa Fiandt-Bailey are now regular members of the AFD.
Also keeping busy is the department's new website, www.albionfiredept.com. Council members were surprised to learn the site has had 44,000 hits since January, an unusually high amount of traffic for a new site.