HOLT — With more precipitation this year, call for service for Holt Community Fire Protection District for the first half of the year were down compared to the same timeframe in 2018. Total calls for service so far in 2019 stand at 245, compared to 295 between Jan. 1 and June 30 last year.
“The main difference is the wet spring we had this year virtually eliminated natural cover fires,” Chief Robert Looper said of the call volume difference. “March is usually very busy with grass and brush fires.”
While fire calls are down, of the calls received this year, the majority were for medical issues. In addition to fire services, the Holt district provides EMT and ambulances services to its service area.
“Most common, as always, were EMS calls. Seventy to 80% of our requests for service are EMS calls,” said Looper.
As medical calls are most prevalent, the district has been investing in related equipment. The district added a cordless extrication tool to its arsenal.
“This tool already proved its value early in the year during one of the many snowstorms. The ambulance crew was able to cut a door off of an overturned vehicle to access and remove a trapped driver before the responding fire engine arrived,” said the chief.