Centralia Fire Department releases 2014 year-end report

City_of_Centralia_Fire_Department_Symbol,_May_2012CENTRALIA — The Centralia Fire Department has released its 2014 year-end report, with the department seeing a slight drop in calls from 2013.

According to Captain John Lynch, the department responded to a total of 1,033 calls last year, compared to 1,155 the previous year, 1,145 in 2012, and a whopping 2,233 in 2011.

Lynch says three structure fires in 2014 were deemed suspicious, but the year ended with zero civilian injuries from structure fires and four firefighter injuries.

Of the incidents in 2014, private dwellings accounted for 22 calls, one apartment fire, 10 vehicle fires, seven brush or grass fires, and 13 rubbish or dumpster fires.

They responded to 447 rescue calls, 132 false alarms and three mutual aid calls for neighboring agencies.

Centralia responded to 46 hazardous material calls, 50 other hazardous incidents and a total of 294 other calls.

According to Lynch, of the 132 false alarms, four were deemed malicious or mischievous, 50 were due to system malfunctions, 71 were unintentional and seven were for other reasons.

He says the costliest structure fire of the year was on November 3, at 520 South Sycamore, where the approximate property loss value was at $105,000 for property and contents, with $20,000 saved on contents.

The total dollar loss for 2014 was nearly $1.187,000, but the total property saved was more than $13.698,000.

To stay prepared, Centralia firefighters completed a total of 5,570.75 hours of training, and performed 186 pre-fire inspections, along with testing more than 800 fire hydrants.