Health emergency, fire calls up 18% for Bel Air unit

April 18, 1993

Fire and emergency medical calls handled by the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company have risen by 18 percent during the first quarter of 1993, authorities said.

Statistics show volunteers made 950 runs between Jan. 1 and March 31, an increase of 149 calls over the first quarter of 1992.

Besides severe rain and snow in the first quarter of this year, Fire Chief Stephen Cox attributed the increase to electrical problems, grease fires and carelessness.

No one has died in any of the 35 structural fires, and fire fighters have suffered only minor injuries, Chief Cox said.

The fire company provides fire and emergency medical service to more than 52,000 in an 80-square mile "first-run" area.

Other volunteer units cover the rest of the county on a first-run basis, but all of the companies provide back-up service for each other.

New recruits are always needed, Chief Cox said. Those interested may contact the fire company at 838-5151 or stop by the station at Hickory Avenue and Route 22.

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