Vandalia Division of Fire statistics – July

By Darrell Wacker -

VANDALIA — The Vandalia Division of Fire responded to a total of 255 calls for service in July, an average of eight calls per day.

Of those calls, 189 were for emergency medical response and 122 resulted in a victim being transported to a hospital.

Of the emergency medical calls, 65 were for general illness, 18 were traumatic injuries, seven were for altered mental state/unconscious victims, seven for seizures, seven for mental illness or behavioral issues, and eight were for cardiac or chest pain. Two patients suffered cardiac arrest.

Crews responded to 66 fire calls, 28 of which for fire alarms, 16 auto accidents, 12 customer service calls and seven fire calls.

Customer service calls include items such as strange odors, CO or smoke detector detector installation, and battery changes.

Crews provided a joint response with Butler Township crews 31 times in July and also received the same number of joint responses.

Vandalia received mutual aid four times in July, one each from Englewood, Harrison Township, Tipp City, and Dayton. Vandalia provided mutual aid six times, three each to Harrison Township and Tipp City.

Response times in July were up to 5:43, above the Division of Fire’s target time of 5:00.

“Staffing shortages have caused us to move apparatus and personnel around which may have contributed to that response time,” said Fire Chief Chad Follick in a memorandum to City Manager Jon Crusey.

The Fire Prevention Bureau spent 105 man-hours on activities such as fire safety inspections and re-inspections, plan reviews, outreach fire prevention, and pre-fire planning. In total, the Fire Prevention Bureau had contact with 850 customers in July.

The Division of Fire conducted 112 hours of training in July. 56 of those hours were spent in new part-time candidate training, 18 hours of ladder truck training, 30 hours in classroom and practical training for EMS crews, and eight hours of rope rescue training as part of the Special Operations Group.

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.