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With the exceptional amount of snow this winter the Crown Point Fire-Rescue Department is asking people to clear snow from around fire hydrants near their homes after each snowfall. This will allow firefighters enough room to attach hoses to the hydrant should the need arise.

Updated: February 4, 2014 1:03PM



CROWN POINT — The total number of calls received by the Crown Point Fire-Rescue Department declined by 13 from 2012 to 2013.

The city also saw a reduction in property loss due to fire, from $632,000 in 2012 to $391,000 in 2013.

Fire Chief Greg DeLor said he is pleased that they have had no civilian or fire fighter injuries or deaths.

What did go up was the number of mutual aid calls. With CPFD now part of the greater MABAS, or Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, covering northern Indiana and portions of Illinois and Wisconsin, the department is more equipped to not only help others but have the needed resources available to the city when and if necessary.

Most mutual aid calls are relatively small. In 2012 CPFD answered 80 mutual aid calls. That number jumped to 107 in 2013. Most of that is when a nearby fire department might need the CPFD to send one ambulance or one engine to help with a fire, or to have others come and help here.

There is also a MABAS call for a task force. “That is like moving an entire Fire Department to another site,” DeLor said. One of the MABAS calls in 2013, from Crete, Ill., requested a task force.

A task force is made up of three fire engines, one fire truck, one heavy rescue vehicle, three Advanced Life Support ambulances, a fire chief and a tender truck for hauling water that is capable of filling up its internal tank from a hydrant or by drawing the source of water out of a pond or lake.

The Crete event was a multi-alarm fire and the Indiana task force staffed the Crete fire station as back up for the community.



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