Betzner said they make on average 1,250 runs a year, and around 80 percent of those runs are medical in nature. That’s why out of 30 firemen who work in the department, 22 are EMTs.
“Fires are down because of code enforcement and fire prevention awareness,” he said “Talk to any fire department, and they’ll tell you most of what they do is medical in nature.”
Newer fire engines, ambulances and stations all help to make firefighters’ responses quicker and more efficient, but in the end it’s the teamwork that really matters in emergency situations. And Betzner said the Peru Fire Department has plenty of that.
“Truly, when the bells go off, these guys come together and get the job done,” he said. “They all have each other’s back.”
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