CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Fire Department responded to 542 incidents in the month of November, an average of 18 calls per day. The majority of the calls, 411, were for ambulance service, including 14 outside of the city, according to Chief Donnie Dunn.
Fire and ambulance units responded to seven building fires, 12 minor fires and two vehicle fires. The department also responded to 11 vehicle accidents —three involving pedestrians, 11 hazardous material incidents, two hazardous conditions and five elevator extrication incidents. Units responded to a porch roof collapse and a business with its sprinkler system activated.
Fire units assisted Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Department with a building fire and rekindle on Blue Jay Drive and assisted Bedford Road firefighters setting up a landing zone for the medevac.
Fire and ambulance units assisted District 16 fire department with a building fire on Messick Road.
Cumberland’s ambulance was alerted to assist Cresaptown four times, Ridgeley and Wiley Ford three times each and Fort Ashby and Short Gap twice each.
The city received assistance from Cresaptown twice and Bowman’s Addition once when all of Cumberland’s ambulances were on other incidents, according to a summary of incidents.