Prince Albert Fire Department on pace for fewest service calls since 2013

Members of the Prince Albert Fire Department take part in a training demonstration in this Daily Herald file photo.

Service calls to the Prince Albert Fire Department will likely be lower than they were one year ago, and department officials credit education and control burn programs for the drop.

The department received its 1000th call for service this year on Boxing Day, which is well past last years mark. In 2015, the 1000th call came on Nov. 17.

Fire department Chief Jason Everitt said a quiet spring combined with a prescribed burn program helped lower the numbers.

Barring a surge in call numbers over the next week, the department will have to answer far less than the 1,120 calls for service recorded in 2015.

Everitt said the total call numbers tend to float around the 1,000 call mark from year-to-year, but teaching and inspection programs are having an effect.

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