While the first week of December was exceptionally busy for the Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department, facilitator Andy Holland says calls for the year are below the average - and that is a good thing.
As of Monday, the department had been dispatched to a total of 50 fire calls throughout the 2010 year, compared with the annual average of 70. However, December started out with a bang, with the BBVFD receiving five calls in the first seven days of the month.
On Dec. 1, four trucks and 11 fire fighters responded to a grass fire on the west edge of Broken Bow near Rodâs Body & Paint. The fire, caused by a cigarette, was able to be extinguished with less than an acre of ground burned.
The next call came Dec. 5, when a tree pile fire south of Broken Bow on Highway 21 got out of control. One truck and four fire fighters responded to that call.
A house fire in the 1100 block of South D was reported Dec. 6. Three trucks and 13 fire fighters responded to the electrical fire and were on scene for approximately an hour and a half. The home sustained minimal smoke damage.
Also Dec. 6, a fire call was received for another electrical fire, this time at Pamida. Three trucks and 11 fire fighters responded and were on scene for about 30 minutes. The store suffered minimal damage, primarily from the fire extinguishers.
Finally, the department received a report of a gas meter being hit at Pump and Pantry Dec. 7. The three fire chiefs responded, however no trucks or fire fighters were needed.
While all of these calls were minimal and able to be brought under control quickly, Holland reminds everyone to be extra cautious this time of year. He advises doing a double check to make sure smoke detectors are in proper working order. If using space heaters in your home, be sure and keep plenty of clear distance around them. And if using a real Christmas tree, be sure and keep it well watered.
âWe like seeing people, just not on calls,â says Holland. âWhen the trucks go out it means either someone is injured or their property is being damaged.â