Fire Department News

With 36 total calls in April for Corry Fire Department, response from the fire department was at a record low.

The report was received by Corry City Council at its Monday meeting.

"The Department of Health put it out as an advisory, we were to limit the number of people on EMS calls to help prevent exposure," Corry Fire Chief Chief Jim Lathrop said. "We took the recommendation of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and tried to reduce our EMS responses."

In April, Corry Fire Department did not respond to EMS calls for general illnesses, but continued to be first responders for labor intensive EMS calls.

"We had given them a list of cardiac arrest, gunshot victims, stabbing victims, traumas and industrial accidents, that we would continue to be automatic first response," Lathrop said. "Those are calls that we consider to be labor intensive — you need a lot of hands for all those calls when they occur."

For the first time, there were more calls classified as "fire" than calls for EMS. Of the 36 total calls, 20 were for fire and 16 were for EMS.

"Since we've been running EMS calls, that has never happened," Lathrop said.

Five fire incidents were for actual fires. Two were building fires, one was in a mobile home, one was a landfill fire and one was an outside fire.

"We went to three fires in the local area in a seven/eight day period," Lathrop said. 

Lathrop was referring to a structure fire on Route 89 in Concord Township, a house fire on Center Road in Columbus and a fire on Turner Hill Road in Spring Creek all occurring within the same week. There was also an oven fire at Corry Manor that was under control upon arrival during that week.

Other calls classified as fire in April included three calls for hazardous condition (no fire), which means there could have been a chemical spill such as gas or oil, or a CO2 investigation. 

Seven were service calls, which is a nonemergency call where firefighters assist in some capacity.

Two were good intent calls, which is a problem reported but upon arrival is discovered to be unfounded. 

Three were categorized as false alarm and false calls, which is a triggered smoke detector or alarm system but no problem is found upon arrival.

"We were busy on the fire side because those calls take longer," Lathrop said. "They're not quickly cleared like EMS calls. There are a lot more personnel on scene and a larger clean up when we're done, too."

The average response time (dispatch to arrival) was 4 minutes and 38 seconds for EMS and 9 minutes and 21 seconds for fire.

The average turnout time (dispatch to enroute) was 2 minutes for EMS and 4 minutes and 32 seconds for fire.

In Columbus, there was one actual fire, three rescue and EMS calls, and two service calls.

"It started out pretty quiet but we were really busy the last part of April," Lathrop said.  

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