More people means more calls for CES

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Central Emergency Services had a busy Sunday afternoon and early evening, but, according to the chief, that is becoming less and less unusual.

"We had eight calls Sunday," Chief Jeff Tucker said Monday.

"Actually, last Saturday, we had 12."

Tucker explained that as the population in the Central Emergency Service Area grows, they expect to have more and more calls.

Emergency crews responded to a report of a barn fire Sunday on Gaswell Road near Soldotna and were able to contain the blaze mostly to the hay that was in the barn.

"There was some damage to the structure, but mostly what burned was the hay," Tucker said.

Another call Sunday took CES medical responders to Sterling where a man had reportedly been trapped under a tractor he was operating when it rolled over on him.

"It turned out to be a relatively small tractor, and relatives and neighbors had the man out before we got there," Tucker said.

Another call Sunday involved assisting emergency medical responders in Cooper Landing.

"We're frequently called to assist in places like Cooper Landing and Ninilchik and others, where our people have a higher level of training," Tucker said.

"Typically we meet them en route and provide advanced medical assistance."

The other calls Sunday included a fire call to a slash-pile burn and some medical assistance calls.

"We're going to have more and more days when we have a lot of calls ... and, as a service, we are well equipped to handle it."

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