Toney Fire & Rescue responds to record 109 calls in June

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- The firetrucks for Toney Fire & Rescue haven't stayed in the garage much lately. The department responded to a record breaking 109 calls in June. The mark surpassed the previous high of 104, which was set in April 2011.

"Not really a positive milestone," said Heath Jones.

Jones has been with the department for more than a decade. He said the summer months, particularly July and August, are typically the busiest for the department. But in June's 30-day span, firefighters responded to an average of nearly four alarms per day.

"It's very rare for 24 hours to go by and not receive at least one alarm," said Jones.

This high volume of calls would be remarkable for most of the paid departments throughout the Tennessee Valley, but the 35 firefighters that work at the department's three different stations are all volunteers.

"We could be sitting down to dinner with our families," said Jones. "We could be out mowing the lawn or at the ballpark with our children and if the alarm comes in, we have to leave and go."

The calls for Toney Fire & Rescue come in from anywhere within a 32 square mile district, which is the second largest district in Madison County.

As for June's alarms, Jones said the high number was due to an increase in medical calls. Thankfully, the department has not seen a spike in motor vehicle accidents or fires.

"Hopefully going forward, they'll slow down a little bit," he said.

To learn more about Toney Fire & Rescue, click here.

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