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Fire crews tackle 700 calls in two months

Fighting fire: Crews at Hamilton were the busiest on the island over the last two months (File photograph)

Fire crews responded to more than 700 calls over March and April, it was revealed yesterday.

March was the busiest of the two months, when Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service staff answered 376 calls.

A total of 187 were medical emergencies – including road traffic collisions and medical transports – and 119 involved fire incidents.

The service’s airport operations division was called out 70 times.

The BFRS responded to 333 calls last month – 180 medical calls, 84 fire-related incidents, and 69 call-outs to the airport.

The bulk of the incidents were in the central parishes.

Crews from Hamilton Fire Station were called into action 220 times.

They had to deal with a series of suspected arson attacks in Pembroke where derelict buildings, vehicles, and a children’s playground were torched.

The Clearwater station in the east responded to 116 calls and Port Royal in the west handled 107 call outs.

The BFRS paramedic service was called out 124 times.

Most of the of the 139 incidents handled by airport firefighters involved removal of debris from the runway – 136 in total.

Airport fire crews were also put on standby for an aircraft diversion and two “hot refuel” incidents.

The statistics are in line with the number of call-outs over the same period last year, despite a spate of suspected arson attacks over the past few weeks.

during the same period last year.

The BFRS responded to 310 calls in March last year, including 97 fire-related incidents.

The service dealt with 210 calls, 69 fire-related, last April.

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Published May 08, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated May 07, 2021 at 7:43 am)

Fire crews tackle 700 calls in two months

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