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PLATTSMOUTH – The Plattsmouth Fire Department was quite busy last year.

According to Fire Chief Mike Wilson, his staff responded to 225 calls for service in 2018.

“It was the highest we had in four years,” Wilson told the city council on Monday evening during his yearly report.

Of those calls, 148 came within the city with the remaining 77 in the rural area his department covers.

The average response time to an incident was 13 minutes and 51 seconds, a four-year low and 1 minute and 10 seconds lower than the previous year, Wilson said.

The average number of his staff going to an incident was 11, slightly below a four-year average mark. And, the average time they needed to stay on the scene, 37 minutes and 49 seconds, was a four-year low.

“We did see an increase in residential and business structural fires in 2018,” he told the council.

There were 17 structural fires the department responded to at an average time of 10 minutes and 31 seconds getting there, according to his figures. There was an average of 18 firefighters that battled these fires with an average time of 2 hours and 43 minutes on the scene.

The EMS staff assisted on 41 fire calls, Wilson said.

The EMS department went to 13 mutual aid calls at the request from other departments and 14 calls went out for mutual aid from others.

“We work closely with other mutual aid departments,” Wilson said.

Given the 11-member per call average, along with the average duration of 38 minutes per call, his staff spent roughly 1,567 total man hours on calls alone last year, he said in his report.

There were also two fires that forced his crew to spend many hours at the scene. One was a large fire at the Schilling Wildlife Refuge, 8 hours, and the other was an apartment fire in town, 6 hours.

“Overall, the year went well,” Wilson said.

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