Council hears report on city’s fire department

Lea Rizzo
Posted 1/6/16

SUMITON — At Tuesday morning’s council meeting, the Sumiton City Council was given the city fire department’s 2015 statistics.

In all, the Sumiton Fire Department responded to 1,216 calls in 2015.

Firefighters answered emergency calls …

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Council hears report on city’s fire department

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SUMITON — At Tuesday morning’s council meeting, the Sumiton City Council was given the city fire department’s 2015 statistics.

In all, the Sumiton Fire Department responded to 1,216 calls in 2015.

Firefighters answered emergency calls that included 1,030 medical calls, 99 motor vehicle collisions, 36 structure fires, 19 brush fires, six automobile fires and six hazmat calls, according to Mayor Petey Ellis.

Ellis said, “There’s a lot of departments all over the country that don’t run 1,216 calls a year, three calls a day. [Sumiton’s fire department] is pretty busy.”

In other business, council members:

•approved to pay for a new recording device for the police department, which Ellis said would cost $5,470. Because the equipment stopped working properly, the police department has been unable to record phone calls to the department.

Fire Chief David Waid said the fire department needs that recorded information for its ISO rating.

•went into executive session to discuss the character of an employee.

•approved paying a $2,500 deductible for an insurance claim regarding a vehicle that was hit by metal thrown from a city bushhog during mowing that was taking place on U.S. Highway 78.

•approved to pay an invoice of $500 for grant writer Michael B. Thorin for work on a fire equipment grant.

•approved expenses for Sumiton Park Director Debbie Hampton to attend the Alabama Recreation and Park Association annual conference in Perdido Beach from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.

•approved the minutes from the previous council meeting.