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Clallam Fire District Two call volumes spike

August 21st, 2014 - 6:45am

(Port Angeles) -- Emergency calls for service are up 13% in Fire District 2 according to a recent review of 911 data.

The district discovered a pattern showing a steady climb in the number of emergency responses and a spike in the average age rate in the area.

In 2010, Fire District Two responded to 906 emergencies. By last year the number had jumped to 1180. As of June 1 this year, the district had responded to 614 emergency calls, up 13% from the same time last year.

Fire District 2 Chief, Sam Phillips says the district is having a hard time keeping up with the growth using it's current resources.

In a 2012 survey by the Fire District found Clallam County had the third highest number of residents age 65 and older of all counties in Washington. The figure was 24.07 percent as compared to the average percentage of 12.31 percent. In seven years, that number is expected to rise to 28.95 percent. This trend is expected to continue until over one third of the population of Clallam County is 65 or older.

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