Service calls by the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District increased more than 15 percent in the last four years, according to the department’s annual report for 2012.
Firemen responded to 1,170 calls last year including 90 mutual aid calls compared to 989 in 2009. Calls for 2012 were actually down slightly from 2011 which saw 1,184 calls.
Fire Chief Mark Amsinger noted that 2011 set a record for the number of calls. He said most responses are EMS (ambulance) related.
The calls were fairly evenly distributed among the four stations, with Station 1 on Bagnell Dam Blvd. having the most calls at 396.
The largest volume of calls comes on Saturday with 19.96 percent. Friday was the second busiest day with 16.66 percent and Wednesday was the third busiest at 14.17 percent. The least busy day of the week is Tuesday.
Alarm times are spread out fairly evenly over the entire day with the most calls (6.86 percent) coming at 5 p.m. The least busy time of the day is 4 a.m. with only .98 percent of the calls coming in about that time.
Permits and so forth
The LOFPD issued permits for four fireworks stands, for two swimming pools, had 71 dock inspections, 11 commercial dock inspections, one explosives permit, five firework displays and six occupancy permits.
Amsinger said 2012 was an eventful year for the department including these happenings:
•Hosted an EMT class
•Hosted six CPR classes
•Hosted two Safe Sitter Classes
•Received a SAFER grant to hire three more firefighters/paramedics
•Became a recognized Firewise Community
•Conducted numerous car seat inspections
•Conducted numerous home wildfire hazard assessments
•Passed a bond issue for capital improvements
•Was awarded a Fire Act Grant for the purchase of new turnout gear, physicals and AEDs and mechanical CPR devices.