By Stan Welch – The number of medical calls responded to by the Piedmont Fire Department soared in August, increasing by fifty per cent over the previous month. Thirty eight calls were answered requiring medical assistance, up from twenty five the month before.
The previous high for a given month this year was thirty one calls in January. March was the quietest month, with just eighteen medical calls.
The increase has been steady all year, with the department answering two hundred thirteen medical calls so far this year. To this point last year, they had responded to just one hundred eighty medical calls.
In a meeting attended by a bare quorum of its members, the Piedmont Public Service Commission moved quickly through a minimal agenda. Recreation committee chairperson Lib Pack reported that rentals of the ball fields generated one hundred eighty dollars in rental fees, while the community building produced three hundred fifty dollars.
Chief Tracy Wallace reported that the field work for the department’s annual audit has been completed and that the report should be issued sometime in October.
Vice Chairman Al McAbee presided in the absence of Chairman Ed Poore.