At a time of year that is typically busier in other communities, the Hays Fire Department reports they weren’t busier than any other day of the year. Chief Gary Brown told Hays Post the department averages 5 calls a day, and that average was consistent throughout the holiday season.
The department had only 5 calls on Christmas Eve: one report of smoke that came from a resident driving through a neighborhood (no fire was found), one smoke alarm caused by cooking on the FHSU campus, and three medical emergencies. On Christmas Day, the department received 5 medical emergency calls.
Brown said he doesn’t anticipate an uptick in fire calls on New Year’s Eve either. He added that the approaching New Year is a great time to make regular checks of safety equipment in the household, as well as take advantage of the programs the Hays Fire Department has to offer.
“We have a program to give smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to people on a fixed income, who can’t afford them, and also to install them or change batteries for those people that have limited mobility,” Brown said. “Check your smoke alarm and your carbon monoxide alarm, and if you need help call the Hays Fire Department.”
The Hays Fire Department can be contacted at 628-7330.