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Fire Department reports record year for calls


January 13, 2021
The Gilford Fire-Rescue Department responded to a record number of incidents in 2020 according to the department's annual report.

The Gilford Fire and Rescue Department printed its annual report and posted it on the town website. The report shows a number of different data including incidents, statistics, mutual aid responses, personnel roster, photos from the year, and many other details.

"It was a busy year on many fronts; especially emergency responses to incidents," read the report's executive summary. "We responded to a record high number of incidents."

Overall, the Fire Department responded to 1,752 emergency incidents, an increase of one percent from 2019.

There were 495 total fire responses (including structure, chimney, brush, and car fires and fire alarms), an increase of 89 calls. Hazard response had an increase of 38 from 2019 with 82 total calls for wires down, hazardous material, carbon monoxide, and others.

The number of emergency medical incidents, however, significantly decreased. In 2020 there were a total of 192 medical calls, down 114 or 9.4 percent from 2019.

In 2019 62 percent of all emergency incidents were emergency medical responses and 38 percent were fires. Overall call volume has increased 4.3 percent over the past five years and 42.4 percent since 2006.

Of all the total incidents, 52 percent took place along the village and Route 11A corridor area and 48 percent were from the Route 11 corridor, including roads and buildings from Route 11 from the Gilford-Alton town line to the Laconia-Weirs line. In 2020 there were 759 incidents along the Route 11 corridor.

The Gilford Fire- Rescue Department responded to 187 calls for mutual aid to other communities, an increase of seven over 2019. The town also received aid from Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid 102 times, an eight percent increase from 2019.

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