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Calls for service climb in 2024 Q1 for Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services

By City of Cranbrook   

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May 9, 2024, Cranbrook, B.C. — Firefighters with Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services responded to an increased number of calls in the first quarter of 2024 highlighting a consistent, upward trend reflecting the evolving needs of their community, the city said in a press release.

In an update to Council Monday night, Scott Driver, Director of Fire & Emergency Services reported that the department responded to 604 calls for service between January and the end of March 2024, compared to 514 calls in the first quarter of 2023. These incidents were distributed across the response area, with notable concentrations around care facilities and the highway corridor within the community.

Driver says this data underscores the ongoing escalation on the service requirements of the community.

“As we navigate through the challenges posed by a growing community, the department remains steadfast in its commitment to service. Despite the typical reduction in fire calls during winter months, we continue to witness an overall increase in call volumes, driven by the growth of our community and the social issues that accompany it,” he said.

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During the period from January to March, CFES received 116 fire and rescue-related calls, with some requiring both responses, seven of which were structural fires.

The department did witness a decline in requests for attendance at outdoor fires associated with homelessness compared to previous years, which the report attributed in part to the proactive efforts of the city’s Social Development Coordinator and Bylaw Services team in risk mitigation support and education.

The bulk of CFES’s response efforts, amounting to 473 calls, were dedicated to supporting the pre-hospital care system.

The release highlighted the significant number of overdose-related incidents in the jurisdiction, with CFES responding to 72 such calls during the quarter.

Additionally, requests for emergency assistance related to chest pains, cardiac arrests, breathing problems, and seizures persistently featured high on their list of responses, reflecting the ongoing need for crew expertise in providing efficient and high-quality care to our community.


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