FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETUESDAY APRIL 10, 2018
2017 COCHRANE FIRE SERVICES STATISTICS Cochrane, AB – Last year was busy for Cochrane Fire Services, but overall average response times remained consistent.Calls were up 14.29% from 2016 — 1072 total calls compared to 938. Total 2016 calls were 10.87% higher than 2015. Cochrane Fire Services has a target response time of eight minutes. Overall average response time in Cochrane in 2017 was 6.44 minutes with some variation by neighbourhood. While there are some response areas that are slightly over the eight-minute target, those response times are reviewed and have remained consistent throughout growth in the community.Council approved four new Fire Services positions in the 2018 budget. The addition means one more person on duty bringing the shift to six people, allowing for the dispatch of two pieces of fire equipment.“As in previous years, the biggest shift was in medical calls,” says Fire Chief David Humphrey. “Cochrane crews typically respond to all medical calls in Town which present any urgent life-threatening condition.”Cochrane fire crews responded to 502 medical calls in 2017 compared to 357 calls in 2016. The majority of medical calls are now handled by a two-person crew, which means initial fire suppression response is maintained.The report also gives details on the types of fires crews responded to: 37% were structure fires, 34% outside, 11% vehicle, 10% of responses were the result of burning complaint, 7% were for rubbish and container fires, and there was one explosion in 2017 (1% of responses).