Sunday, May 12, 2019


2018 busiest year in Putnam fire department history

CARMEL – The numbers are in and 2018 was the busiest year in the history of the volunteer fire service in Putnam County.

Commissioner of Emergency Services Ken Clair received the tabulation from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control with the Bureau of Emergency Services Battalion Coordinators receiving the data.

Putnam County’s 12 volunteer fire departments answered 8,004 calls last year, averaging out to more than 21 responses each day.

The Brewster Fire Department was the county’s busiest agency responding to 2,543 calls followed by the Mahopac Fire Department which was summoned 1,158 times.

The Mahopac Falls FD came in third with 927 responses.

Members of the Putnam Lake Fire Department were called upon 571 times last year followed by the Putnam Valley FD with 473 calls.

The Patterson, Lake Carmel and Carmel fire Department were virtually in a three way tie. Patterson answered 405 alarms, Lake Carmel 403 and Carmel 402.

The Kent Fire Department responded to 323 alarms in the year gone by.

On the western side of the county, emergency responses were much less: Garrison –207; North Highlands – 191 and the Cold Spring responded to 180 alarms.

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