Fire-related property loss falls more than $1 million

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

Durham had fewer fires and less fire-related property loss in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2012, according to Durham Fire Department figures released this week.

City firefighters answered 427 fire calls from Jan. 1 to June 30 this year, down 4.2 percent from the 446 calls in the first six months of last year.

Property loss dipped more dramatically, from $4,249,727 to $2,602,322 (38.7 percent), Durham Fire Chief Dan Curia said.

“Obviously, the city and Fire Department are having a much better year in terms of total loss from fire,” Curia said. “We have recently graduated new firefighters and have been able to increase staffing on many of our units, which greatly aids in the rapid, safe extinguishment of fire. We will be diligent in our fire suppression activities, as well as our efforts to prevent fire, to create a safer Durham.”

Curia said the department recently graduated 15 new firefighters, increasing the department’s Operations Division from 272 personnel last year to 287 this year.