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Knightstown-Wayne Twp. Fire Department Gives Town Council Monthly Fire Reports
January 30, 2008 - Chief Bob Schaeffer presented annual and monthly reports for the Knightstown-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department's at the Knightstown Town Council's Jan. 16 meeting.
According to the annual report, the department made 176 runs in 2007, up nearly 11 percent from 2006. Seventy of the runs were medical calls, 49 were for fires, 41 were false alarms, 14 were miscellaneous service calls and two were for police matters.
Sixty-six of the fire department's runs in 2007 were in Knightstown, 36 were for incidents on Interstate 70, and 59 were calls to other areas of Wayne Township. The department also received 15 calls in 2007 for mutual aid from other area fire fighting agencies.
The department's monthly activity report listed eight runs between Dec. 5 and Dec. 17. Schaeffer told the council that, as of that night, there had only been one run in January.
Schaeffer also gave the council a handout showing a breakdown of over $350,000 in grant funding the department has obtained since 2005. According to the handout, this grant money covered 93 percent of the purchases made with the money, with the town picking up the other seven percent.
A $3,510 grant in 2005, combined with an equal amount from the town, bought new radios and pagers, while a $121,888 grant in 2006 was added to $12,500 in town funds to purchase new turnout gear and breathing equipment. Last year, the department received a $226,575 grant that is being added to $11,925 from the town to purchase a new tanker truck.
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