Fewer fires, more medical calls for BFD
The Burnaby Fire Department responded to fewer fires and more medical emergencies in the first three months of this year, according to its quarterly report presented to city council on Monday.
Firefighters battled 104 building fires from January to March compared to 163 at the same time last year. They also attended 2.075 medical emergencies, up from 1,933 in the first quarter of 2013.
Motor vehicle incidents were about the same with 378 this year, seven more than a year ago.
The firefighters themselves were also a bit safer this year, as they suffered 23 incidents of occupational injuries or exposures, including two that resulted in time lost, while last year there was 125 such occurrences. But almost half of those were suffered while crews battled a fire that destroyed an apartment building at 3526 Smith Ave., and another 12 were exposures to asbestos during an incident at 7800 14th Ave.