There's some sobering information about a surge in Hartford Fire Department calls in the most recent "Significant Activity Report" to the selectboard. Here is what it says:
"The fire department responded to a significant number of incidents totaling 134 calls for service during this two-week period. Calls for service continue to increase at a rate 18 percent over last year. This has increased our usage of mutual aid from the City of Lebanon to meet our service demand. To date our requests for mutual aid have increased 30 percent over last year.
"Compounding this increase in calls is the frequency of simultaneous events. This year we are experiencing simultaneous events 59 percent of the time versus 42 percent from last year.
"This data suggests we have exceeded our staffing model of minimum manning of 3 on duty personnel."
The topic has also been the subject of a story on Channel 5.