Fire Department Calls on the Rise

6-10-06 – According to the Sherman Fire Department Chief, an increasing number of fire calls in unincorporated part of Grayson County may be jeopardizing the response times to fires in Sherman’s city limits.

The Sherman Fire Department has seen the number of emergency, medical, and fire calls go up nearly 30 percent over the last two years. As county officials prepare next year’s budget, the fire chief is asking that the fire department get a bigger piece of the pie.

Saturday morning, the fire department rolled in its brand new fire engine. The fire chief says equipment like this will improve response time to structure fire calls, which are on the rise in Grayson County.

Sherman is paid $185,000 out of the county budget to answer calls in areas without fire departments. Sherman’s fire chief, Jeff Jones, says a 10% increase would help cover higher fuel costs associated with the county runs.

The Sherman Fire Department covers about a quarter of the unincorporated areas in Grayson County.