By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The Laconia Fire Department responded to 387 calls for service last month, with 70 percent related to medical issues and the rest having to do with fires.
Chief Ken Erickson said Monday, “83 percent of all responses were made within 6 minutes, which is a very good response time.”
The busiest day of the month for the fire department was Sept. 2, when there were 19 calls.
Erickson also said there were 33 medical patients who were judged to be “high risk.”
“This is a very high number of critical patients,” he said. “Part of this is related to the nursing homes and medical facilities in the city.”
Erickson said calls from the Weirs area in September dropped to just 10 percent of the overall total, an indication that with the change of season, fewer people were in the resort area.
“The downtown area remains the most active with 69 percent of all calls,” he said. “Year-to-date we are at 3,643 incidents. This number is up slightly over last year, but is up 41 percent since 2010.”
He also said firefighters participated in an active shooter drill along with Laconia police last month.
“Looking back to the start of the summer season, Laconia firefighters have participated in 132 training sessions for a collective 997 hours of in-service training,” he said.
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