WILTON, Conn. – Wilton firefighters and emergency service crews went out on fewer overall calls in 2012, although they did respond to more fires and rescues.
According to Wilton Fire Department statistics, the department responded to 1,439 calls last year, down more than 300 from the 1,789 calls it went out on in 2011. The department went to 161 fires and rescues, more than the 151 calls answered in 2011 and the 137 calls in 2010.
The total numbers are normal, Assistant Wilton Fire Chief Mark Amatrudo said, although he and other fire officials will look over the statistics more. “It’s a typical year,” he said. “It’s typical for our call volumes.”
The rise in fire and rescue calls could be temporary, he said, noting that the number of calls “smoothes out a lot” over the years.
The Wilton Fire Department responded to fewer emergency medical calls, going to 588 in 2012 compared with 710 in 2011. Those numbers may be skewed because the town’s emergency medical calls have been handled by a regional dispatch service since last August, Amatrudo said.
Firefighters also went out to fewer activated alarms, with just 286 last year compared with 387 in 2011. Only a small number of those were purposeful false alarms, such as pulled fire alarms, Amatrudo said. “We get less than five a year,” he said.