Arran-Elderslie saw fewer fire calls in 2023


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Arran-Elderslie saw fewer fire calls in 2023

Arran-Elderslie Fire Engine Photo by Claire McCormack

Arran-Elderslie saw a reduction in the number of fire calls in 2023.

An annual report from Fire Chief Steve Tiernan presented to council on Monday (April 22) says they responded to 168 calls for service in 2023.

That’s down from 202 in 2022. They say there was a reduction in calls at all three stations: 42 in Tara in 2023, 58 in Paisley and 68 in Chesley.

The year before, in 2022, there were 51 calls in Tara, 70 in Paisley and 81 in Chesley.

Tiernan says 11 new firefighters have been trained and are now responding to calls. Some of the training included firefighters from all three stations attending the Bruce County Fire School in Tobermory, as well as Bruce Power for live fire and propane training.

In the meantime, Tiernan says a new portable pump has been purchased for Tanker 94 at Chesley, a new dry hydrant has been installed at Dobbinton and all municipal defibrillators have been serviced and tested.

The department has also created Facebook and Instagram accounts to share information and safety messages and has visited schools and events to spread safety messages.