Chariton Fire Chief Steve Davis gave the Chariton Volunteer Fire Department report for 2018 at the Chariton City Council meeting Monday night.
Chief Davis said that the CVFD had 142 total calls in 2018, which was down from 173 the year before. Of the 142 calls they responded to, eight were for mutual aid Chariton gave to other fire departments and six were for calls where mutual aid that other departments gave to the CVFD.
Davis said that the Chariton Fire Department put in over 3,000 hours of service just for calls alone in 2018. “That’s only for fire calls. The 3,000 hours doesn’t count the number of hours spent at the station for training and keeping up with recommended hours for firefighters,” Davis said.
He also said it doesn’t include the upkeep they do of the fire trucks and building, the fire prevention classes they do at the schools and the fire extinguisher training they do at various businesses.
Davis broke down the number of calls by month and showed that April 2018 had the most calls with 23. October had the second most calls with 17 and March had the third most with 14. Davis mentioned grass fires being one reason the number of calls was higher in the spring.
Davis also broke up the number of calls by township and showed the time frame of being dispatched out to the calls. The majority of the calls were within the Chariton city limits with 73 calls.
Read the February 7, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.