Fire department gets emergency funding for EMT
January 7, 2021
COLFAX — The City Council committed Monday night to extend up to $10,000 to the Fire Department for an emergency staffing fund to cover another daytime shift to help with an increase in calls due to COVID-19.
“We’re being stretched pretty thin,” said Fire Department Officer-in-Charge Jake Smith. “We’ve made do, but we’re getting our butt kicked.”
Smith reported the department received 115 calls in December.
“That’s a very busy month,” he said. “More than doubled our call volume from November.”
An estimated 80% of department calls are medical.
The increase in Decem...