Fire losses during 1987 in the South Davis Fire District were $173,065, the lowest since 1984.
Fire Chief Brent Argyle, who is making his annual report to the cities and the county this month, said there were no fatalities in 1987 and only one injury due to fire.The South Davis Fire District serves North Salt Lake, Woods Cross, West Bountiful, Centerville and the unincorporated areas of Davis County south of Farmington. The South Davis Ambulance Service, which is operated by the district's
firefighters, serves this same area and Farmington also.
Argyle said the fire department answered 1,225 calls for service last year, including 47 structure fires, 94 grass and rubbish fires, 47 vehicle fires, 59 hazardous material calls, 767 medical calls, 69 miscellaneous calls and 151 other calls, including rescue, extrications and police assists.
The 59 hazardous materials responses made in 1987 were the highest number in the past three years.
Argyle said his department has continually recognized the need for hazardous emergency response capabilities. "This is prompted by the number of incidents both locally and nationally involving hazardous materials," he said.
"The use of hazardous materials has become a part of the American way of life and they are being used by a large majority of the population daily. Industries and businesses throughout south Davis County are growing rapidly and many of these are actively using, producing or transporting hazardous materials."
He said that with the expansion of industrial facilities in the county and all along the Wasatch Front, "we can only expect an increasing number of movements of hazardous materials into and through Davis County and surrounding cities.
"It is not a matter of if it happens but when it happens," he said.