Benson’s Fire Department answers 62 calls in 2012

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Fire Chief Mark Schreck, along with other members of the department, gave the Benson City Council an update on the 2012 fire year and a heads-up on its future equipment needs at a meeting Feb. 19.
With the above average snowfall this winter, fire departments around the state are hoping that the spring fire threat will be lowered. But a dry March and warm weather could rapidly dry out the grasses, raising the fire threat.
Last year, Benson’s Fire Department responded to 62 calls. Fourteen of those calls were structure fires with the most serious the home fire in Benson.

It also responded to nine commercial building fires as well as nine vehicle fires.
Ten of its calls were responses to false alarms with a number of those at Benson schools. The school district is working on a solution to the false alarms being generated by its system, Schreck told the council.
Benson’s Fire Department also sends out its members when severe weather is threatening to look for possible tornadoes.

Benson’s aerial truck (see photo) is a 1979 model, but treated with care, it continues to work well for the fire department. Fire Chief Mark Schreck told the council last month, however, that the department would like to replace its 2003 lead pumper truck with a new one. It would then take the oldest truck, a 1983 pumper, out of service.


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