Welcome to Marion Township Fire Department Inc.
It's July so, Happy Independence Day. As you go out to celebrate the 4th of July remember to use extra caution when handling small or large explosives. Fireworks can be dangerous when not used properly. They land in fields and roofs and start fires. Little ones playing with fireworks can suffer injuries. So lets have a fire and trauma free 4th of July this year.
With summer time fun comes summer time problems. Storms moving through the area have dropped a lot of rain on us, swelling the river and streams out of their banks and causing some issues. We have water across the roads in parts of our response area. Remember, if you see a "High Water" sign or see water across a roadway, if you think to yourself "I can probably make it through that"... are you willing to bet your life on a "Probably"? Many of the places that flood often have more than one route to get around it. Lawrenceport for example, you can take Stonington Road to Earl Road and get right around the flooded area. Sure it takes longer, but its a heck of a lot safer for you and your passengers.
With July here I feel I should mention that most near drowning and drowning deaths occur in July than other summertime months. While it can happen anytime you are in water, it spikes in July for reported cases. This doesn't take into account of drowning deaths during a flood or boating related drownings. Those are classified in a different area from pool and open water swimming drownings. Please keep an extra eye on people when they are swimming you could be the difference.
Since we are halfway through the year I'll throw out some stats on what we have responded to this year as of June 30, 2021 We have responded to 294 incidents. The breakdown is as follows;
Fires; 22.45 Percent Auto Accidents; 9.52 Percent EMS; 63.95 Percent Rescues/Service; 4.08 Percent
Out of 181 days this year We have have responded to emergencies 143 of them. 63 days this year we have responded to 1 call a day. 80 days this year we have responded to 2 or more calls a day. 79.01 Percent of the time this year we are responding to an emergency. May 14th and June 10th have been the busiest days, both tied for 6 calls on those days. 71.43 Percent of the Auto Accidents have been with injury and 15 Percent of the motor vehicle accidents we have responded to required extrication from the vehicle.
We continue to train more and more to remain on top of our skills to provide the best service we can for our citizens and mutual aid partners. All while being prepared, and training, for the unknown emergencies that may arise
Lets all be careful out there.
Paul D. Gillespie
Marion Twp. Fire Dept.