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The McHenry Township Fire Protection District (MTFPD) announced today they responded to a record setting 5,847 emergency calls in 2018. The department, operating out of five stations to cover the 56 square mile fire district, broke the 2017 record of calls on December 23rd, when it responded to call number 5,723 for the year.
“We have responded to a growing number of calls over the last several years, setting the record of 5,847 for 2018,” said MTFPD Fire Chief Tony Huemann. “As the population continues to age, we roll up our sleeves to perform even better every year. With our unique set up as a fire department operating primarily with part-time firefighters, we provide exceptional service to the community utilizing professional personnel cross trained to respond to medical, fire, technical, rope, water, hazmat and other rescues.”
Out of the 5,847 calls that the MTFPD responded to in 2018, 96 calls were related to fires and 17 of those were for structure fires. There were 4,583 emergency medical service calls -- 2,242 were advanced life support and 1,248 were for basic life support. Additionally, the department responds to miscellaneous calls including activated fire alarms, downed power lines, activated CO2 detectors, car accidents, lift assists, odor investigations, water rescues and others.
“As our community continues to grow, the district will be asked to answer more calls,” said MTFPD Board President Allen Miller. “Our part-time firefighters and department chiefs focus on training and quick response to the many types of calls that come in and we continue to maintain the same level of service that our residents have come to expect utilizing part time firefighters and thereby saving the taxpayers money.”
Chief Huemann also noted that in the past few years, the types of calls that MTFPD responds to have changed from structure fires to more medical runs. Chief Huemann credits fire prevention programs, construction improvements, inspection and building codes and use of smoke detectors with making residential and commercial structures safer for the public.
“Responding to more calls for help than ever before is a challenge for our firefighter paramedics, but the men and women of the MTFPD rise to the challenge to help our residents in need,” said Chief Huemann. “In every instance last year, our responders acted with courage and compassion to provide life-saving emergency care to people who were sick, injured or endangered – and as a result saved many lives.”
For more information, please contact the MTFPD at 815-385-0075 or visit the website at www.mtfpd.org .