Granite Falls Fire Dept. had mostly medical calls in 2013

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 05:01 PM

The Granite Falls Fire Department was called out to 17 structure fires in 2013, along with six vehicle fires, eight tree, brush and grass fires and seven garbage fires, but much of the department’s activity was medical, according to a report presented to the Granite Falls Town Council Monday night.

Granite Falls firefighters were called to 424 “medical codes,” a category that includes automobile accidents and has made up the largest chunk of the department’s calls since 2011. They also were called out for 87 false alarms, the lowest number of false alarms in three years.

The number of structure fires in the town held relatively steady from previous years, with 17 in 2013 compared to 22 in 2012 and 16 in 2011.

Also on Monday, the town council approved a resolution supporting the Western Piedmont Council of Governments’ application for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership. Approval of that application would mean the metropolitan statistical area that includes Caldwell County would be designated as a “manufacturing community,” which would give the area preferred consideration for grants from a $1.3 billion pool from various agencies.

The town council’s next meeting will be Monday,  March 3. A 5:30 p.m. special work session will replace the regular 6 p.m. meeting.