Published DateTo the editor,
It was a busy winter in Laconia for the Fire Department. We responded to 1,163 emergency calls in the four-month period. An average winter is 1,089 emergency calls. So this is a 9 percent jump in call volume. There were 425 simultaneous or back-to-back emergencies.
Response time to high-risk emergencies was 63 percent within four minutes and 80 percent within five minutes. These are very respectable response times. Seventy one percent of all calls were handled by one emergency vehicle (two firefighters); 18 percent required two vehicles (four or five firefighters); 11 percent of the calls required three or more vehicles, or the entire work group (eight or more firefighters).
There were nine major emergencies: three "all hands working"; four first alarms; one second alarm; and one third alarm. For fires requiring suppression efforts we had a 75 percent control rate with the first alarm assignment. There were 33 fires in buildings, which is well above the average of 25 fires. Preliminary fire loss is $822,000 and $920,000 in property saved.
There were 22 high-risk, high-priority emergency medical patients.
Seventy two percent of all emergencies were in the central area of the city; 10 percent were in Lakeport; 10 percent were in the Weirs; 3 percent were in north Laconia; and 2 percent were in the south end.
The 11 a.m. time period was the busiest with 8 percent of all emergencies. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. were all tied for second busiest hour.
Twenty-five percent of all emergencies were between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Chief Ken Erickson
Laconia Fire Department