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January 29, 2013

City Council hears 3 annual reports

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WASHINGTON —

“Hazardous materials and hazardous conditions responses remained nearly the same as past years and that trend is expected to continue due to new regulations and community awareness,” Rhoads wrote in his report summary.

He said EMS calls accounted for 60 percent of their runs, and their quick response time saved lives. There was one civilian death due to fire in 2012, Rhoads said, and four line-of-duty injuries. Two structure fires were intentionally set and were investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The fire chief said the department’s Fire Prevention Program has been a great program for local schoolchildren for 22 years, with 1,400 children seeing fire safety and prevention demonstrations in 2012. The department also offers fire safety and fire extinguisher training video programs to area schools, industries and healthcare facilities upon request.

A new fire truck was ordered and is expected to arrive in August, according to Rhoads.

The Washington Police Department saw an increased number of calls in 2012, according to Healy, who said there was a total of 15,431 complaints. Of those, 4,020 were 911 calls. There were 321 accidents investigated and 2,556 arrests made.

The detective division logged 362 pieces of evidence and investigated 335 cases, the chief said, with 322 cases effectively cleared for a 96 percent clearance rate. Detectives made a combined 17 trips to the Indiana State Police lab in Evansville with evidence to be analyzed, conducted five voice stress analysis exams and completed almost 258 hours of in-service training.

“Members of the Washington Police Department completed 2,720 hours of training, including 400 hours of firearms training,” Healy stated in his report, adding that the Emergency Response Team completed 210 training hours and other training was completed in terrorism, drug investigation, CVSA, breathalyzer, search and seizure, school tactics, defensive tactics, traffic stops, legal aspects, crime scene processing and investigation, emergency response, hazardous materials, first aid and blood-borne pathogens.

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