HOQUIAM FIRE AND POLICE CALLS ON THE RISE

Calls for the City of Hoquiam’s Fire Department continued to climb in 2010. In the annual report released this week, Chief Ray Pumphrey reports 3060 calls for service, representing a 13% increase since 2006. On the positive side, the $191,650 in fire losses was the lowest total since 2007 and the 152 fire responses are the lowest total in the last five years, representing a 43% decrease since 2006. The Hoquiam Police Department saw a 23% jump in calls for service since 2009. Chief Jeff Myers reports the number of robbery and burglary cases dropped in 2010, with the $258,000 in stolen property representing the lowest such total in several years. On the down side, Myers reports domestic violence cases did see a slight jump last year with 301 reported cases and 287 traffic collisions, which Myers says might be associated with the closure of the Simpson Avenue Bridge.

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