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Fire department reports October activity

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Fire Department observed Fire Prevention Month in October with an open house on Oct. 12. Hundreds of people visited the fire hall to meet local firefighters and learn more about the operations, according to a press release from the department.

In October, the Bemidji Fire Department responded to 167 calls including:

- One building fire.

- Two vehicle fires.

- Four grass/brush or wildland fires.

- Thirty-three emergency medical calls.

- Two motor vehicle crashes.

- One elevator rescue.

- One water rescue.

- One natural gas leak.

- Two carbon monoxide incidents.

- Seventeen fire alarm responses.

- Eighty-eight airport standbys.

To date 1,756 calls for service have been recorded for 2013.

A daily average of 5.4 calls was received with one "all call" pages and two "sectional" firefighter page outs. On-duty career firefighters and dorm firefighters handled 98.2 percent of calls in October.

An estimated $1,800 in property damage was reported lost because of fire in October, fire officials said. The department estimates it has saved $3.3 million worth of property threatened by fire with $1.2 million recorded as losses in 2013.

Local firefighters also completed 188 hours of training on fire pump operations, relay pumping, incident management, fire investigation, water supply and lifting/moving people drills, the department said.. Seventeen building inspections, one fire extinguishing training session, 14 school visits, two fire safety presentations, six fire station tours were also held. The department issued 22 open burning permits.