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Ticonderoga firefighters busy

To the Times of Ti:

2013 was a very busy and productive year for the Ticonderoga Fire Department. We responded to 241 emergencies that resulted in 2,321.5 man hours. Our responses included 12 structure fires, 53 motor vehicle accidents, 36 residential and commercial fire alarms, 18 EMS assists, four chimney fires, seven brush/forest fires, four water related rescues and 107 other miscellaneous emergencies.

We conducted 58 trainings that produced 2,929 man hours.

That’s over 5,000 man hours in calls and training, not to mention time spent fund raising, meetings, outside department training and other activities.

Our average response time was 3 minutes with July as our busiest month with 28 calls, Friday was our busiest day with 42 emergencies and 5:00 in the afternoon was our busiest time of the day. Our average attendance was 12 people per incident and we had nine members with over 100 calls for the year. Eight members completed the NYS Fire Fighter One Class which is 91 hours of training and one member completed the scene support portion of the class which is 27 hours. Many other members attended other State Fire training as well.

We were excited to welcome six new regular members and add three new junior members to our great junior firefighter program. Congratulations to all the officers who were re-elected to their positions. Most of all, thank you to all the members who made this year a success.

We wish everyone a safe and happy new year and look forward to a great 2014!

Matt Watts

Ticonderoga Fire Department

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