It was a busy year for the members of the Anna Fire Department. The needs of a rapidly growing city can stretch even the most well prepared resources, but by all accounts AFD rose to the challenge in strong fashion and even continuing its fire and emergency management education programs with the public and City staff members.

Let’s take a look at the Anna Fire Department’s 2015:

• AFD responded to 1245 incidents—-a 7.5 percent increase from 2014 which had 1,158 incidents reported

• AFD conducted fire inspections at 110 local businesses

• The department continued its Fire Prevention Education and community awareness through visits at local schools, Operation Santa and National Night Out

• AFD members donated 21,343 hours to the department and the citizens of Anna.

• Members recorded more than 3,000 hours of training.

• Average response times to calls was six minutes

• Emergency Management training was held with all members and City employees in April with a table top disaster exercise. All city employees are trained on National Incident Management courses throughout the year.

The department held its annual banquet in December and honored three of its members for their dedication and commitment to the city and its citizens. Mike Hundley was honored as Rookie of the Year; Erik Polcer was named Firefighter of the Year; Chuy Eaton was awarded as Officer of the Year. Congratulations to these firefighters on their year-end honors.