Norwalk (CT) Fire Department Calls Jump by Nearly 600, Compared to 2020

Norwalk CT Fire Department

Abigail Brone

The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.

(MCT)

Oct. 21—NORWALK — Firefighters responded to nearly 600 more calls so far this year than in 2020, according to data from the Norwalk Fire Department.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, Norwalk firefighters responded to a total of 5,563 incidents, up by 586 compared to last year, Assistant Operations Chief Edward McCabe said at the Fire Commission’s meeting on Tuesday.

For the month of September, firefighters responded to 753 calls, 42 rescues and nine fires, he added.

“Overall, it’s been a busy month and our totals are up quite a bit,” McCabe said.

Norwalk firefighters also responded to 391 medical emergencies this month, six of which firefighters drove the ambulances.

The aftermath of Hurricane Ida alone amounted to more than 100 calls, including people trapped in their homes and collapsed buildings, McCabe said.

The fire department responded to 77 public service calls, including 41 water problems, 11 natural disasters and four people in distress, all of which are connected to the Ida response, he explained.

“We did respond to approximately 126 calls in 24 hours,” McCabe said. “Those range from everything from people trapped in their basements or garages to motorists trapped in high water, electrical injuries, a couple roof collapses and a lot of emergency medical calls during the height of that storm. Crews did a great job keeping everyone safe during those emergencies.”

Ida’s aftermath also resulted in at least two fires.

“We had an underground vault fire on West Avenue from flooding in an underground vault because the storm caused a short in one of those vaults and cause a fire and smoke condition,” McCabe said. “Engine 2 responded with Eversource crews.”

A gas boiler also exploded on Glenwood Avenue due to storm flooding, McCabe said.

Hurricane Ida brought historic amounts of rain to Norwalk and created damage from which the city is still recovering.

The storm produced 7.5 inches of rain in Norwalk. As a result, the Keelers Brook bridge and roadway suffered severe structural damage. The Common Council’s Finance and Claims Committee recently approved the four-month, $650,000 repair needed for the waterway and bridge.

abigail.brone@hearstmediact.com

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