Brilliant Fire Department marks an anniversary

After decades of suffering through floods at the fire station at the north end of Brilliant, the Brilliant Fire Department is celebrating its first anniversary at its new Third Street location out of the flood area.

The residents in the area near Buckeye Local grade school have been very supportive of the operation of the department, a department spokesman said. There have been no problems with the fire department’s emergency vehicles entering and leaving, and the safety of the school operation has been of highest priority by the department, the spokesperson said.

This past year has been busy with the department sponsoring open houses for many groups. Many students visited the department during fire prevention week in October for orientation on fire safety. Also this year, the department training room served as the location of two blood drives for the American Red Cross with 22 total units of blood collected.

This year also saw a record number of fire and emergency medical responses with 583 calls answered. There were 488 EMS calls and 95 fire responses. Forty percent of all calls come during the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. when paid staff are on duty at the fire station. The busiest day of the week was Friday with 105 calls answered. The most calls came during the hours of 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Calls answered from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. were 249 calls at 42 percent; from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. were 231 calls at 39 percent; and calls answered from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. were 92 calls at 15 percent.

Members of the department are required to do many hours of training to maintain certification as emergency medical technicians and firefighters. This past year 18 members completed 200 hours of firefighter training and 288 hours of emergency medical training. Two additional members became certified as paramedics, giving the department a total of five.

As with many volunteer fire departments, the number of members has declined while the number of calls has increased, the spokesperson said. For example, in 1985, 45 members responded to 350 calls compared to 18 members answering 583 calls this past year.

Citizens with a desire to serve as a firefighter or emergency medical technician should contact the fire department.