Call-outs continue to rise for brigade

The number of incidents the Maryborough Fire Brigade responds to in a calendar year continues to rise.

New data released at the brigade’s annual general meeting last week revealed the MFB was called out to 153 incidents in the last year.

The 153 incidents is a rise from 137 in 2016-17 and 120 in 2015-16.

In his annual report, Mary- borough Fire Brigade Captain Darryl Wagstaff listed structure fires in Argyle Road and Napier Street with estimated damage bills of $200,000 and $30,000 as the most severe.

The Argyle Road fire occurred in December and saw a timber home and a car destroyed. No one was at home at the time of the incident.

A blaze that took hold in a dust collector at McPherson’s Printing was also rated among the most severe fire cases of the past year, with that incident coming at a cost of almost $60,000.

Of the 153 call-outs the brigade received this year, 64 were classed as false alarms good intent calls while another seven were made by Ambulance Victoria for assistance.

For more on this story see Page 8 of The Advertiser, Friday, July 20.

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