Also included in the fire department’s annual report:
• The Fire Pup program, which is funded by donations from local businesses and citizens, brought in nearly $6,600. People donated various amounts of money that goes toward purchasing fire safety coloring books, crayons, sticker badges and various informational pamphlets.
• Cost recoveries from car fires and car wrecks brought in nearly $4,800, which goes into the general fund.
• Billing for inspections brought in nearly $4,000 to the general fund. Inspections are conducted in any establishment with a beer and liquor license, any restaurant and licensed day care facilities. Fire inspections are $35 per inspection, $50 per re-inspection and $100 per third re-inspection.
• The department hired three probationary firefighters last year: Justin Clark, Nathan Wilson and Ryan Van Arkel.
• The department assisted Ottumwa Water Works and Hydro in testing fire hydrants. Due to weather conditions, the department was limited to testing 102 hydrants. Each hydrant takes approximately 12-15 minutes to test.