Fake Patty’s fire runs up slightly from 2013

By Bethany Knipp

Fake Patty’s Day statistics from the Manhattan Fire Department were on par with last year’s event, according to numbers released Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Ryan Almes said firefighters made 14 emergency runs this year compared with 13 last year.

The number is significantly lower than the 26 runs made in 2012.

Almes said the department’s personnel worked 260 total hours to help conduct capacity checks at bars, along with the emergency responses. Last year, the crew worked about 295 hours, but Almes said the department became a little more efficient this year.

The biggest drop-off came from trash pickup postings.

This year there were notices posted on 17 properties to pick up trash within a 24-hour period. In 2013, the number was 70 and in 2012, it was 80.

MFD also conducted more than 350 bar checks, about the same as last year, gave one citation along with three warnings.

Almes attributed the drop in violations to fewer people at the event and the community’s awareness.

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