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Millwood Fire Dept. Set Call Record in 2011

MILLWOOD, N.Y. - During Monday night's Millwood Fire District Board of Commissioners meeting, Chief Michael Horan said in 2011 the department received the highest number of emergency calls in its 87-year history.

The department, which responds to fire alarms, motor vehicle accidents, water pump outs, house fires and other emergencies, received 340 calls. It was the first time in history the department recorded over 300 emergency calls in a year.

Records showed the high number of calls were in response Tropical Storm Irene in August and the nor'easter in October. By comparison, the department received 287 calls in 2010 and 203 calls in 2009.

Horan also reported no serious injuries from department members while responding to incidents. He said one minor injury took place during a run and another minor injury happened during training.

He thanked the public for its support. "We'd also like to thank the members and their families for all the hard work they do during the year," he said.

Board of Commissioners President Hala Makowska offered an update after meeting with the planning board regarding plans for the district's new firehouse.

"They gave us a list of comments and we thought it was a very productive session," said Makowska. "We are working very hard now to address some of the remaining issues and requests from the planning board."

Updated plans will be brought before the planning board in another informal session on March 6, followed by its first official hearing on March 20.

Makowska said the district is at the end of the design and development phase and is still targeting the summer to begin construction.

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