Community Briefs

Evergreen Park

Fire calls up, cost of damage down

Evergreen Park firefighters responded to more calls last year than they did in 2011, but the monetary loss for residents who endured fires was nearly cut in half in 2012.

The total amount of property damage residents endured in 2012 was $55,600, compared to $174,900 in damages in 2011.

Evergreen Park Fire Chief Ronald Kleinhaus said there were 2,696 calls for the department last year, 768 for fires and 1,928 for emergency medical services. In 2011 there were 2,504 calls, 673 for fires and 1,831 for emergency medical services.

Mayor James Sexton noted the fire department has a large number of full-time firefighters, given the village's population.

"There aren't too many towns of 20,000 where you have 62 full-time, professional firefighters on staff," Sexton said.

The department responded to four structure fires, one gas pump fire and five garage fires in Evergreen Park in 2012, while assisting with 19 structure fires outside the village, Kleinhaus said.

-Laura Bollin