Minor calls keep fire crews busy

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews had a busy but uneventful two weeks from March 8-21, responding to a higher than normal 448 calls.

Fourteen of those calls were classified as structure fires when they came through dispatch. “Most were power line issues or neighbors calling in their neighbors for possible illegal burning,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. “Most of those were authorized fires. There were a few who were burning things they shouldn’t have been burning.”

Firefighters also responded to 370 EMS calls and 23 building alarms, all of which turned out to be false alarms. They were also called for hazardous materials responses four times, but all were minor. “One was a carbon monoxide alarm going off,” Clifford said. “It ended up being a low battery, so we replaced the battery for them.”

There were 33 car accidents reported during the two weeks, and six people had to be taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Firefighters were also called to free a child accidentally locked inside a car and to clear tear gas from a house in the 3500 block of North Ely Road after the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team deployed the gas to flush out a man who had barricaded himself inside.

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