Brimfield Fire Department on track for busiest year

Brimfield chief reports 1,200 calls, up about 100; police expect to hold steady at 14,000 calls

By Rachel Hagenbaugh | Staff Writer Published:

The Brimfield Fire Department is on track to have its busiest year in history with about 1,200 emergency incidents so far.

Fire Chief Robert Keller said the department is about 97 calls ahead of last year. Most of the increase is in EMS calls, which makes up about 75 percent of the emergencies.

"Those are not the types of calls that are preventable," he said. "Some of the calls we get are for car crashes or other types of accidents. Some of those could be prevented, but certainly the majority of them are medical emergencies."

Keller said the increase in calls will not affect the department's budget for next year, which is based primarily on tax revenue generated from property taxes. He expects the 2013 budget to be about the same as 2012.

"We do bill for EMS," he said. "So, there might be a slight increase in our EMS billing revenue."

Keller expects the increase in calls to continue as the first snowfall approaches and people get used to driving in the winter again.

Brimfield's Police Department will finish its year with about 14,000 calls, which is about the same as last year.

"I think we've established a new norm that definitely wasn't so ten years ago," said Police Chief David Oliver.

When Oliver joined the department in 1994, it received about 4,000 calls.

Oliver said the calls vary, but the department is seeing more theft due to the establishment of more retail stores in the area.

"Every establishment that brings more people brings the potential for more calls," he said.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123 or rhagenbaugh@recordpub.com

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