KEYSER - The Keyser Volunteer Fire Department responded to 390 emergencies in 2019, according to fire chief Tim Evans.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser Volunteer Fire Department responded to 390 emergencies in 2019, according to fire chief Tim Evans.
Evans, who reported the statistics to the Keyser City Council during their recent meeting, said 28 of those 390 emergencies were structure fires and 65 were vehicle accidents.
“There were about 100 what we call ‘smells and bells,’” he continued, explaining the firefighters use the term to refer to reports of gas smells, smoke detectors going off, etc.
Evans said the number of calls last year was not the company’s busiest year.
“We’ve had around 400 calls a few times,” he said.
The Keyser VFD also gave mutual aid to other companies on 100 occasions, and was assisted by another company approximately 70 times.
“We logged 4,085 manhours and our average response time was 7.9 minutes. That’s pretty good for a volunteer outfit,” he said.
Evans told the mayor and council that, if the Keyser VFD were a paid fire company, “you’d be looking at just about $600,000 a year.”
After sharing those statistics, the chief noted that the city-owned first-due fire engine “is approaching its service life of 35 years,” and that the company had searched and found some demonstration models “in the $350,000-$400,000 range.”
He presented the information on the equipment to finance commissioner Mike Ryan.