A two-year comparison of calls for service by the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department released Friday showed that firefighters answered 817 fewer calls last year than they did in 2019.
According to the report, there were a total of 5,270 calls for service in 2019 and 4.453 calls for service in 2020.
The largest difference was in emergency medical calls with 2,836 in 2019 and 2,123 last year, a difference of 713. Also, the 2019 calls accounted for 53.81 percent of the department’s activity while in 2020, the percentage dropped to 47.68 percent.
Reported structure fires last year totaled 138, 5 less than in 2019 while the total of vehicle fires reported jumped from 61 in 2019 to 91 last year. Brush, grass and rubbish fires went from 87 in 2019 to 101 last year.
The number of reported motor vehicle accidents with injuries increased from 235 in 2019 to 274 last year.
Reported fire alarms declined by 26 from 372 in 2019 to 346 last year and false calls went down by 15, from 303 in 2019 to 288 last year.
A decrease of 142 calls was reported in the other category which logged 1,233 calls in 2019 and 1,091 last year.