Calls were up to Ocean City emergency services this summer and they did not go unanswered, even though the number of full-time had dropped.
“We had exceptional availability this summer, arguably, the best one we’ve ever had,” said Fire Chief Chris Larmore said during the mayor council’s Tuesday work session. “When we had a call come in, a staff unit was able to respond all but one time. That one time, they split a crew and was able to answer both calls.”
Each year, Larmore gives the mayor and council his summary of the fire department performed from June 1 to Aug. 31. This year saw the call volume spike from 2,810 in 2015 to 3,218 this last summer.
The fact that the resort’s firefighters missed none of these calls is notable, he said, since full-time staff members dwindled from 43 in 2015 to 41 to this year. The number of part-time firefighters has slightly risen in the past year to 71.