For the 28th year, the career fire service takes to the pages of Firehouse® Magazine to share and compare statistics about company and department activity levels, funding, staffing and pay. A total of 271 fire departments took part in this year’s survey, representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and six Canadian provinces. The departments represented in this latest survey protect 84,262,122 people, and they have budgets totaling nearly $14 billion (budgets are listed in millions of dollars). They provide this service with 3,989 engine companies, 1,425 ladder companies, 2,059 ambulances and numerous specialized units. They responded to 2,164,957 fire calls, 7,378,192 EMS calls and 10,888,126 total calls last year.