Capital City Fire Rescue to surpass record for responses to calls this year

    Fire Chief Rich Etheridge said on Action Line Thursday that they already have 200 calls more this year than last year.

    It appears Capital City Fire Rescue will surpass its record for responses to calls this year.

    For the first time last year, the department went just over 4,000 calls.

    Fire Chief Rich Etheridge said on Action Line Thursday that they are on pace to top that number judging by numbers to date:

    "We're actually up 200 calls more this year than last year. That's been a growing trend that this year the calls are just steadily increasing, so we're anticipating at least 300 to 400 calls on top of what we had last year. Medical calls are going up. Public service calls are really going up. Public service calls are where we don't actually end up doing medical care. Someone may see a person sleeping on the side of the road in the sun and when we go check them, we find out they were just napping. It could also be a disabled vehicle. It's things that don't fall under your traditional fire service response."

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