02/11/13 1:00pm
02/11/2013 1:00 PM
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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Wading River Fire Department heavy rescue crew works at the scene of a car accident last year.

Like their neighbors in Riverhead, the Wading River Fire Department and EMS teams reported their busiest year yet in 2012, officials said.

But while last year’s wildfires in Manorville and Hurricane Sandy likely played a role in keeping firefighters busy, Fire Chief Jim Evans said the shift in numbers represents a new normal for Wading River.

“It’s just a sign of the times,” Mr. Evans said. “We’re always being pulled in another direction.”

The Wading River Fire Department responded to 271 calls in 2012, according to department records, up from 262 in 2011. The department had another 35 miscellaneous calls that weren’t reported on the year-end statistics since those were mutual aid calls, mostly related to the wildfires and other some emergencies, Mr. Evans said.

Automatic alarms, electrical and wire emergencies and smoke investigations all rose in 2012, though vehicle fires and outdoor fire calls dropped slightly, the report states.

Structure fire calls were nearly halved from 43 in 2011 to 27 in 2012, yet overall alarms were still up.

The Wading River EMS teams also reported a spike in calls last year, up by about 7 percent from 735 calls in 2011 to 784 calls in 2012, according to the report.

Mr. Evans said 2013 is currently on track to beat last year’s totals.

“We had our busiest January ever, so we’re still going,” he said last week, before the Friday into Saturday nor’easter hit.

Mr. Evans later said the fire department responded about 20 emergencies during the blizzard, and dug a half dozen stranded people from their cars on local roads the night of the storm.

Firefighters used brush trucks to get through the snow drifts as they checked on the abandoned cars to make sure no one was trapped inside, Mr. Evans said, but even those trucks were becoming stuck in the snow.

“This is pretty much unprecedented in terms of the roads,” he said. ”We all need a break now.”

Those looking to join the Wading River Fire Department can fill out an application at the department’s headquarters on North Country Road.

For a detailed breakdown of last year’s fire department and ambulance calls, see the infographic below:

10/10/12 10:00am
10/10/2012 10:00 AM

Wading River firefighters responded to 25 calls, including two water rescues and two structure fires, in August, according to figures released by Wading River Fire Department officials. Wading River ambulance crews responded to 69 calls that month, the report states.

Then in September, firefighters responded to 21 calls that included three water rescues and an elevator rescue.

Ambulance crews responded to 68 calls in September, including seven for traumatic injuries and four for allergic reactions.

As per the end of last month, firefighters responded to a total of 172 calls and ambulance crews responded to 568.

The following is a breakdown of the number and types of fire calls in August:

Automatic alarms – 15

Assist/Service Calls – 2

Electrical/Wires – 1

Fuel Spill – 1

Smoke Investigation – 1

Structure Fire – 2

Water Rescue – 2

Watercraft Incident – 1

August ambulance calls: Abdominal Pain – 2,  Allergic Reaction – 1, Assault – 1, Trouble Breathing – 9, Burns – 1, Chest Pain – 5, Convulsions – 2, Diabetic -1, Fall – 7, Overdose -4, Sick – 10, Stoke – 2, Motor Vehicle Accident – 10, Traumatic Injury – 6, Unconscious – 4, Unknown -3.

The following is a breakdown of the number and types of fire calls in September:

Automatic alarms – 17

Elevator Rescue -1

Structure Fire – 3

September ambulance calls:

Abdominal Pain – 2,  Allergic Reaction – 1, Assault – 1, Trouble Breathing – 9, Burns – 1, Chest Pain – 5, Convulsions – 2, Diabetic -1, Fall – 7, Overdose -4, Sick – 10, Stoke – 2, Motor Vehicle Accident – 10, Traumatic Injury – 6, Unconscious – 4, Unknown -3.

08/22/12 12:10am
08/22/2012 12:10 AM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Two people were treated for minor injuries when the SUV they were driving in slammed into a tractor trailer on Route 25.

Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries after a compact SUV crashed into the side of a tractor trailer on Middle Country Road late Wednesday night in Wading River.

The driver of a silver Suzuki Grand Vitara was heading east on Route 25 near Wading River Manor Road about 10:30 p.m. when it slammed into a support strut underneath the trailer of an 18-wheeler, which was backing up in the road at the time, Wading River fire officials said.

Both the male driver and a female passenger were pulled from the car and taken by Wading River ambulance crews to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment.

The two victims were lucky they were not more seriously injured in the crash, said Wading River 1st Assistant Chief Jim Evans, adding that had the SUV missed the support strut, it may have become pinned under the truck.

Riverhead police closed Route 25 between Wading River Manor Road and Tarkhill Trail Wednesday night while the crash was being cleared.

psquire@timesreview.com

08/08/12 10:30am
08/08/2012 10:30 AM

Wading River firefighters responded to 22 calls, including two water rescues and a lightning strike, last month, according to figures released by Wading River Fire Department officials. Wading River ambulance crews responded to 77 calls last month, the report states.

Wading River firefighters have responded to 126 calls through July of this year, fire officials said. Ambulance crews responded to 431 calls so far in 2011.

The following is a breakdown of the number and types of fire calls in July.

Automatic alarms: 15

Assist/service calls: 1

Lightning Strike: 1

Gas leaks: 1

Vehicle fire: 1

Structure fires: 1

Water rescue: 2

The following is a breakdown of the number and types of ambulance calls received last month.

Allergic reaction: 2

Assault: 1

Trouble breathing: 7

Cardiac arrest: 1

Chest pain: 4

Choking: 1

Convulsions: 4

Diabetic: 2

Fall: 16

Headache: 1

Heart problem: 4

Heat exposure: 1

Lacerations: 1

Maternity: 2

Psychiatric: 2

Sick: 8

Stroke: 1

Motor vehicle accident: 8

Traumatic injury: 3

Unconscious: 7

Unknown: 1

Firefighters responded to a total of 262 calls in 2011; emergency medical technicians responded to 735, according to figured from last year.

“On behalf of the Wading River Fire District, please be safe,” fire officials said.