‘Busiest year on record’ for NHFD

On the first day of the New Year, the North Haven Fire Department shared with its Facebook followers a recap of the department’s actions in 2021, "it's busiest year on record."

"Companies responded to 4,896 calls for service including 23 building fires, 15 vehicle fires, 99 fires within buildings, 43 other fires (brush, rail, dumpster, etc.) 346 MVA’s, 95 Hazardous Conditions (Carbon Monoxide, Hazardous Materials, Wires Down/Outside Electrical Fires), 304 Alarms and 2,593 EMS incidents," the NHFD stated in the Jan. 1 post.

The department was unusually busy last year, even as recent changes served to lessen its workload.

"The implementation of priority dispatching made possible by hiring additional emergency dispatchers, reduced the FD from having to respond to approximately 480 EMS incidents, allowing an ambulance to be sent solo," the social media post reads. "Additionally the FD eliminated the response to residential water pump-outs unless a hazard is present, which reduced call volume by approximately 100 incidents. Despite the efforts to reduce incidents, 2021 was still the busiest year on record for the North Haven FD."

The department said while calls for service have increased, its volunteer staff has declined: "Our incident call volume continues to rise as we've seen a 10% increase in calls over the last five years."

Residents over the age of 18 interested in serving the community as a volunteer firefighter should call the department at 203-239-5321 ext 140.


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