The New York Mills Fire Department released its annual activity report for 2009 showing a total of 137 responses for the year.
The total includes 21 fire calls, 111 rescue and medical calls, 3 false alarms, and 2 hazardous condition calls.
Incidents by location broke down to 78 calls (57 percent) in the city of New York Mills; and 59 calls (43 percent rural.
The average turnout per incident was eight firefighters. Firefighter training hours totaled 2,305 for the department.
Fire prevention/education classes included CPR/AED classes at the high school, fire prevention activities with elementary students during October's Fire Prevention Week, and a Fire Prevention Poster Contest held at the elementary school.
Other activities include West Central EMS cost sharing grant of $2,250, Otter Tail County chiefs meetings, Quarterly Northwest Firefighters Association meetings, annual pumper testing, obtained $900 donation from the Roberts 4-wheeler ride, received training grant of $7,500, received Minnesota DNR grant of $1,500, received anonymous donation of $1,000, and contributed 185 hours to the Moorhead flood fight.
Yearly fundraisers include the firefighter pancake feed and raffle in May, firefighter car wash, and the weekly Mills Liquors Meat Raffle.
Firefighters new to the department in 2009 were Shanon Kline, Curt Seifert, Matt Olson, and Eric Koskiniemi.
Firefighters retiring in 2009 were Greg Imsande (23 years), Randy Keskitalo (21 years), and Dan Welter (20 years).