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Call volume continues to rise for GVFR

Call volume for the first responders of Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue has risen 18 percent since 2016, and GVFR chief J.D. Clements expects that trend to continue.

Clements addressed the members of the Gloucester Ruritan Club at its May meeting at Olivia’s. Fire and rescue personnel responded to 4,701 calls in 2018, he said. The trend will continue, he said, due to the changing demographics of the county’s population.

Housing designed to attract older residents, assisted living facilities, and other group home facilities located in Gloucester have all contributed to the increasing call volume, he said. Clements also said that Station 1 located on Main Street has outgrown its current location and space requirements and is increasingly more difficult to operate out of due to various factors—age, lack of approved ventilation system to remove carcinogens created when equipment is started up in the bay areas before they are drawn into living areas, inadequately si...

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