EUREKA- The 2014 numbers are in, and Humboldt Bay Fire had about four percent more calls for service in the last year than in 2013.
The agency reports two fatalities this year, up from one in 2013. Vehicle fires were also up, and vegetation fires went down from 58 to 53. Medical aid responses were almost identical, with just one fewer call in 2014 than in 2013. However, there were 91 more false alarm and smoke response calls in 2014, and 98 more service calls and lift assists. However, the agency responded to 29 fewer structure fires last year than the year before.
"Our prevention and education bureau has been out and very proactive in the community, doing talks and educational information regarding fires. Couple that with the increased awareness of the drought this past year, i think people are more fire conscious, they're more careful, and it's been in the forefront more, with the news. We'd like to attribute it to it to the education and people just being more aware about what's going on out there," said the Fire Chief with Humboldt Bay Fire, Ken Woods.