July of 2017 has set a record for responses in a single month at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District. Officials with the District report that as of this Thursday, the District has answered 100 emergency calls.

July of 2017 has set a record for responses in a single month at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District. Officials with the District report that as of this Thursday, the District has answered 100 emergency calls.

“We have been watching a steady increase in call volume” says Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.

Not only has the District set a record for the month of July, the District has made to date 74 more runs than a similar period in 2016. “I think the rebounding economy along with the growth and development that the District is experiencing, accounts for a lot of the run increase. We are well on our way to making 800 runs this year in a relatively small district as compared to some of our neighbors.” says Reilly.

The Chief goes on the say “We experience multiple simultaneous calls every month and in June we even had an occasion when we were out on 3 different calls at the same time”.

District Officials cite the increase in call volume as one of the major reasons they are asking for a 9-cent operating levy increase in August. “Our goal is to keep up with the increasing demand for service that our community is generating” says Reilly.