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Emergency calls increase for LISH fire dept

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It's been a busy year so far for first responders.

Emergency sirens are becoming more common in the Lady's Island-St Helena community.

There have been several fires and wrecks in the area in just the last few weeks, and the Lady's Island-St Helena Fire District has already exceeded its total call volume from last year.

"We've identified that we are on track to being far busier this year than we have in the last year, two or even three years," said Lee Levesque, Lady's Island–St Helena Fire District PIO.

Within the last 10 months, the department has responded to 48 structure fires and roughly 30 water rescue calls.

In 2012, it was the opposite, with 37 fires and 60 water calls. The fire district averages 15-20 car accidents per month.

"In the last two months and even this year, those numbers are all up in an excess of 20 percent to 30 percent. not only the number of calls for car accidents but also the severity of the injuries has increased greatly."

Last year, the fire district responded to 2,300 calls total and they've already passed that mark this year.  Levesque suspects it could increase as much as 25 percent by the end of the year.

It doesn't just end there. Fire departments like Lady's Island-St Helena will use those statistics to develop public safety campaigns that could reduce those types of calls in the future.

"For example, going to a home fire, was there a smoke detector? Was there a fire extinguisher? In a car accident, where were they sitting? Did they have their seat belts?

Levesque believes part of the reason they've had fewer water rescue calls this year was because of their public water safety education.  

The fire department is hoping that by this time next year, they will see fewer emergency calls across the board.

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