LIBERTY — The Liberty Fire Department is recording similar statistics to last year, which shows the department responded to an average of 12.55 calls per day in the first half of 2018. So far in 2019, the department has averaged 12.32 calls per day, said Fire Chief Mike Snider.
From Jan. 1 to June 30, the department responded to 2,230 calls with medical-related calls serving as the highest volume of call type coming in. In May and June, there were 279 calls for medical assistance.
“Compared to last year, there is no significant change,” Snider said. “The medical calls, from year to year, are approximately 75% of the total call volume. This too is normal when compared to other years.”
Of the total calls for service, 16 were for structure fires in the first six months of the year.
The department responded to seven natural vegetation fires and 11 trash fires. As for combustible, flammable spills and leaks, crews reported 33 incidents.
Snider said when no one else knows who to call, the fire department is often called, a fact illustrated by 77 calls for public service assistance and 10 good intent calls.
“In regards to special equipment, we are in the process of replacing our ventilators,” Snider said.
The department has also started using the new training tower, the chief said.
In early March 2016, Liberty City Council approved funds for improvements to fire stations and equipment. Before that, the department rented towers in Southern Platte, Independence or Kansas City districts or departments to handle burn training. If crews wanted to work on multiple-floor training, the ladder truck was taken to Liberty Hospital after hours.
The metal, multilevel tower now used by Liberty crews has concrete floors and landings.
“There are different rooms and levels to provide personnel real-world scenarios,” Division Chief John Mills said. “The ladder training on the two-story and four-story sides will be beneficial. There’s an area that the firefighters can rappel off of if they need to exit that way.”