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167 calls for Bemidji Fire Department in May

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Fire Department responded to 167 calls for service during May, according to the monthly release from the department.

An estimated $119,760 in property loss was reported for May. The department estimates $2,025,570 worth of property has been saved and $253,927 in losses relating to fire occurred since the start of the year.

Five all-call pages were received, along with five sectional calls in May and there was an average of 5.5 calls for service per day. In all, the department has responded to 839 calls for service in 2014.

May service calls included:

• Four building fires

• Seven grass/brush fires

• 30 emergency medical calls

• Four motor vehicle crashes with injuries

• One elevator rescue

• Three carbon monoxide incidents

• Nine fire alarm responses

• 94 airport standbys

In addition, department firefighters completed 209 hours of training in May including: emergency communication, fire behavior, water tender operations, water rescue, basic fire pump operations, incident command and youth fire intervention. The department also conducted 13 building inspections, four fire safety presentations, eight fire safety house presentations, two school visits, six fire station tours and issued 11 burning permits.