The Smiths Falls Fire Department answered 208 calls for help in 2016, Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp stated in his annual report to town council on June 5.
The calls included three fires, one of which, in April 2016, inflicted $1.5 million worth of damaged to 10 row houses located at 14-30 Robinson Ave. The department was also called to fires at 7 Main St. East and 56 Russell St. East.
Beauchamp reported that the department’s 25 employees are responsible for projecting 14,000 people, including the 8,978 inhabitants of Smiths Falls. The department is also contracted to provide fire protection to 3,900 residents of the Township of Rideau Lakes, and an additional 500 residents of Drummond/North Elmsley Township.
Beauchamp said he was proud to report that all members of his department are fully certified.
The department also generates revenue for the town by providing fire dispatching services and fire protection to other municipalities.
Smiths Falls received $211,580 in 2016 for providing fire dispatch services to Lanark County, $66,019 for providing fire protection to Rideau Lakes, and $11,478 for responding to calls in Drummond/North Elmsley.