Glenwood Fire Department has a very busy day |

Glenwood Fire Department has a very busy day

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Thursday was a busy day for Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

Fire crews responded to 12 calls, varying from emergency medical calls to a small rubbish fire, between the hours of 7 a.m. Thursday and 1:22 a.m. Friday. That is one of the busiest days they’ve seen all year according to Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper.

“We average about four calls per day and yesterday just happened to be a busy one,” Piper said.

Piper expressed that some days are busier than others, and one with 12 calls will average out to about 4.5 calls per day over a year, with the less eventful days.

Of the 12 calls GSFD responded to Thursday, seven were EMS medical calls ranging from people feeling sick to having seizures, one auto-pedestrian accident in the 3100 block of South Grand Avenue, three other auto accidents, and one small “rubbish” fire that Piper said, “was put out pretty quickly.”

“The day goes by pretty quickly when we’re busy like that,” Piper said.

As of July 31, the GSFD has responded to 909 calls, up slightly from 2007 over the same period of time. The GSFD responded to 1,541 calls for all of 2007, and Piper expects they will exceed that this year.

“We still have five months to go, as of August first, we are on track with last year,” Piper said. “I would expect we could see 1,600 this year.”

Fire crews work 48 hour shifts with 96 hours off between shifts. The crew that worked on Thursday was still at the office on Friday, not catching up on sleep, but training and waiting for the next call. It’s all just part of the job.

“Some days we get pounded,” Piper said.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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