Mary Alice Reporting – A local fire department experienced higher call volumes in 2022; as well as, the purchase of new equipment.

Among the highlights from last year, at the Uhrichsville Fire Department, included three firefighter paramedics, Captain Nathan Crouse, Cory Paisley, and Curtis McGarry, getting recognized for life-saving work during a 2019 emergency call, with the first responders receiving the Ohio EMS Star Award.

Chief Justin Edwards points out that they handled more calls last year, compared to 2021.

 “We did 1,748 calls in 2022. That’s an 11-percent increase from the year before. As far as EMS goes, we transported just over 1,000 patients to area hospitals.”

Through tax dollars and grants, the department was able to secure funding to purchase two new heart monitors and updated extrication tools.

Going into 2023, Edwards notes the department is in good standing in terms of up-to-date equipment.

“We have some project that we want to complete. Some of the funding of federal dollars that we received, there could be some excess funds but whether we can complete those steps of those grants this year or not, that remains to be seen.”

Just like with all other departments, Uhrichsville also sees delays when receiving purchased items.

Edwards thanks the community for continued support as they continue providing professional service.

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