Fire Chief Ramirez also noted that each firefighter completed 240 hours of continuous education training, including an emergency medical responder refresher course and railroad car disaster training.

The Plaquemine Fire Department responded to a record number of calls in 2018, with more than half of the calls being medical, according to Fire Chief Darren Ramirez.

In 2017, the Fire Department responded to 1,078 calls, while in 2018 it responded to 1,246 calls, a jump of 168 calls in one year. Following is a break-down of the major call categories:

68 calls were fire related

640 calls were medical related

78 calls were false alarms

149 calls were vehicle accidents

121 calls were hazardous materials related

153 smoke detectors were installed by firefights at residents’ homes

13 calls were event related

24 were miscellaneous calls.

Additionally, the department made 29 public education presentations.

Fire Chief Ramirez also noted that each firefighter completed 240 hours of continuous education training, including an emergency medical responder refresher course and railroad car disaster training.

“We have gone from 715 calls in 2015 to 1,014 calls in 2016 to 1,078 calls in 2017 to 1,246 calls in 2018,” Fire Chief Ramirez said. “It has kept us extremely busy. In addition, I am a strong advocate of educating children and the public about fire safety and other safety issues, so we stepped up our public education presentations in 2018. We will continue those efforts in 2019.”

Contributed by the City of Plaquemine