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A busy April for BFD

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Fire Department had 181 calls for service in April, officials said in a press release.

The department estimated a total of $93,700 in property was lost due to fire in April. For the month, the BFD had two, "all call" and seven "sectional" firefighter page requests. The department average six daily calls for service.

For the year, the department has responded to 672 calls for service in 2014. Officials said the department has saved a total of $797,390 in property threatened by fire.

In addition to service calls, the department also completed 593 hours of training in April, including in fire investigation, wildland firefighting, fire codes, water tender operations, terrorism awareness and hazardous materials response. The department also conducted 12 building inspections, four fire safety presentations, four fire station tours and visited six local schools for fire prevention programs.

April calls included:

• Three building fires

• Seven grass/brush fires

• 39 emergency medical calls

• Five motor vehicle crashes with injuries

• Two elevator rescues

• Three carbon monoxide incidents

• 16 fire alarm responses

• 89 airport standbys