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Hardworking Žilina fire fighters

LAST year fire fighters in the Žilina Region responded to 1,377 fires, with most of them being attributed adult carelessness. But 122 fires were thought to be the work of arsonists. After investigating the fires, a specific cause was found in almost 92 percent of the fires but the cause of 115 fires remained undetermined.

(Source: Jan Krošlák)

LAST year fire fighters in the Žilina Region responded to 1,377 fires, with most of them being attributed adult carelessness. But 122 fires were thought to be the work of arsonists. After investigating the fires, a specific cause was found in almost 92 percent of the fires but the cause of 115 fires remained undetermined.

In addition to fighting fires, the Žilina Region fire fighters served as animal rescue workers, freeing ten dogs, four cats, two horses, one bull and one roe deer, most of which were trapped in shafts, ditches, streams or wires. Fire fighters were also called three times to look for snakes in citizens’ gardens or to take care of swarms of bees or wasps.

The SITA newswire wrote that the fire fighters handled almost 4,000 distinct operations in 2010 and most involved fires, road accidents and flood rescue work, noting that fires were most frequent in the districts of Žilina, Martin and Čadca.

Last year six people died in fires and 42 were injured, with direct damage calculated at €6.8 million. When compared with 2009, Žilina Region recorded 86 percent fewer fires but direct damages were almost twice as large, more people died and 21 percent more were injured. Last year there were 232 flood rescues in the region compared to only 40 in 2009.

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