CARTHAGE, MO.--- The 2013 Carthage Fire Response Report shows car fires, motor vehicle accidents, and medical calls were up slightly from last year. The department also reported a small drop in home fires, which the chief attributes to prevention efforts. Firefighters spent more than 4,000 man hours responding to fires and emergency accidents. That's about 400 more hours than the previous year, due to larger events like the fire at the Sassy Spoon on the square and an EF-1 tornado last May.
"You start having these larger events like that, they take up a lot more man hours, so that adds up quickly," said Christopher Thompson, Carthage Fire Chief.
The fire chief says the department continued to see a slight increase in call volume by about 1%.
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