The Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department responded to 421 incidents in June, a slight uptick from May.
Three-quarters of the responses were emergency medical responses, with 318, according to the department’s monthly report. There were 10 structure fires, three vehicle fires, nine vehicle accidents with injuries and two brush/grass/rubbish fires. There were 17 alarm systems sounded and 12 false alarm responses. Fifty incidents were listed under “other.”
Six of the structure fires were investigated for arson, while another incident was also investigated for arson. Four of the structure fires took place in Ward 1, four took place in Ward 4 and two took place in Ward 2. There were no structure fires in Ward 3. There were zero haz-mat emergencies reported in the city during the month. The 421 total incident responses were slightly more than the 413 reported in May. The increase is almost entirely attributable to an increase of 69 emergency medical responses compared to May.
Otherwise, there were decreases in other categories. The report lists nine fewer vehicle fires, 13 fewer vehicle accidents with injuries, 16 fewer alarm systems sounded, five fewer brush/grass/rubbish fires and 20 fewer incident responses listed under “other.”
There were two more structure fires in June, and five more false alarm responses. The department conducted 20 public education and life safety sessions with groups ranging from the Pine Bluff Police Department to churches to Wal-Mart. The total reported attendance for the sessions was 1,785.