County of Grande Prairie fire officials say that year over year, the number of calls for service are up in 2019, but they are having a hard time pinpointing the reasons behind the small spike.
The fire service and partnering municipalities took in 930 calls for service between January 1st and June 30th, with 423 of those calls based out of the Clairmont and Dunes stations. Those two stations responded to 829 calls for service in all of 2018.
Despite the calls for grass fires being down due to a primarily damp summer, Fire Chief Dan Verdun believes a number of factors could be contributing to the uptick elsewhere.
“I’m thinking as we continue to be the hub for shopping, we continue to see some growth commercially, I mean we don’t just work for the residential side of things, commercially we still have a lot of calls for service,” he said.
“The fact that we offer things like dangerous goods [calls], large animal rescue… It has generated more calls because we are providing services we once did not,” he added.
The number of calls for service includes not only County of Grande Prairie specific stations, but also regional partners in Beaverlodge, Wembley, Sexsmith, and Hythe.