2008 National Run Survey

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 270 fire departments took part in this year's...


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 270 fire departments took part in this year's survey, representing 48 states, the District of...


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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 270 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 84,291,279 people, and they have budgets totaling $14 billion (budgets are listed in millions of dollars). They provide this service with 3,983 engine companies, 1,405 ladder companies, 2,056 ambulances and numerous other specialized units. They responded to 2,173,886 fire calls, 7,346,682 EMS calls and 10,876,152 total calls last year.

In Part 2, the total-run listing provided by Colorado Springs, CO, for Busiest Engine was incorrect. The runs for E8 totaled 4,497.

Part 3

DEPARTMENT STATION TOTAL RUNS UNITS
1. Baltimore City, MD Steadman 29,464 11
2. Clark County, NV 18 24,634 7
3. Los Angeles City, CA 9 20,881 5
4. Las Vegas, NV 1 20,669 7
5. Washington, DC E16/TW3 19,349 5
6. Columbus, OH 2 18,954 8
7. San Diego, CA 12 18,761 4
8. Los Angeles County, CA 33 18,631 7
9. Houston, TX 46 18,204 6
10. Chicago, IL E95 18,032 4
11. Prince George's County, MD 829 17,318 3
12. Montgomery County, MD 8 16,429 8
13. Providence, RI Downtown 15,626 5
14. Philadelphia, PA E50 15,429 4
15. New York, NY E54/L4/B9 14,165 3
16. Miami-Dade County, FL 16 14,002 3
17. Orlando, FL 2 13,821 4
18. Jacksonville, FL 28 13,081 5
19. San Francisco, CA 1 12,336 3
20. Anne Arundel County, MD 33 12,277 7
21. Phoenix, AZ 18 12,186 3
22. Seattle, WA 2 12,002 3
23. Cincinnati, OH E3 11,995 4
24. DeKalb County, GA 20 11,565 4
25. St. Louis, MO 2 11,331 4
26. Schenectady, NY 1 11,235 5
27. Norfolk, VA 14 11,226 5
28. Ocala, FL 1 11,217 5
29. Orange County, FL 51 11,098 4
30. Albuquerque, NM 5 11,059 4
31. Hollywood, FL 5 10,700 4
32. Long Beach, CA 1 10,494 4
33. Dayton, OH 11 10,282 6
34. South Bend, IN 1 10,150 6
35. Baltimore County, MD 1 9,637 7
36. Portsmouth, VA 1 9,610 8
37. Lansing, MI 41 9,520 8
38. Memphis, TN 16 9,519 5
39. New Haven, CT Hill Station 9,403 3
40. Worcester, MA South Division 9,095 4
41. Charleston, WV 1 9,021 4
42. Shreveport, LA 9 8,998 4
43. Little Rock, AR 1 8,992 7
44. Lexington, KY 2 8,939 4
45. Brockton, MA 1 8,791 4
46. Albany, NY Arbor Hill 8,773 4
46. Corpus Christi, TX 10 8,773 2
48. Compton, CA 2 8,703 2
49. Tacoma, WA 8 8,583 3
50. Hartford, CT E2/L3/D2 8,430 3
51. El Paso, TX 18 8,426 3
52. Reno, NV 1 8,355 3
53. Spokane, WA 1 8,344 7
54. Plano, TX 1 8,200 3
55. Clearwater, FL 45 8,066 4
56. Rio Rancho, NM 1 8,063 4
57. Deltona, FL 61 8,041 4
58. Miami, FL 4 8,020 4
59. El Cajon, CA 6 7,989 4
60. Manchester, NH Central 7,951 5
61. Salisbury, MD 16 7,822 9
62. Durham, NC 1 7,820 6
63. Scottsdale, AZ 601 7,805 4
64. Framingham, MA 5 7,802 3
65. Portland, ME Central 7,785 3
66. Utica, NY 6 7,779 4
67. Salem, NH Central 7,649 6
68. Lewisville, TX 1 7,636 4
69. Niles, IL 2 7,559 4
70. St. Lucie County, FL 1 7,532 4
71. Palm Beach County, FL 41 7,415 3
72. Newark, OH 1 7,392 4
73. Milwaukee, WI E36 7,386 2
74. Boston, MA E37/L26 7,384 2
75. Akron, OH 4 7,355 5
76. Seminole County, FL 12 7,347 3
77. St. Paul, MN 18 7,247 3
78. Fitchburg, MA HQ 7,127 4
79. Alexandria, VA 208 7,071 3
80. Stockton, CA 2 7,028 4
81. Grand Prairie, TX 1 6,967 4
82. Tampa, FL 11 6,951 2
83. Sarasota County, FL 1 6,891 5
84. Mesa, AZ 201 6,806 3
85. Charlotte, NC 23 6,706 2
86. Overland Park, KS 44 6,670 4
87. Colorado Springs, CO 8 6,668 3
88. Tuscaloosa, AL 1 6,612 6
89. Rockford, IL 3 6,580 2
90. Hemet, CA 1 6,572 2
91. Santa Rosa, CA 1 6,536 3
92. Montgomery, AL 6 6,533 3
93. North Las Vegas, NV 51 6,471 2
94. Gainesville, FL 1 6,341 4
95. New Britain, CT 1 6,289 4
96. Tulsa, OK 22 6,277 4
97. Salt Lake City, UT 2 6,271 3
98. Fairfax County, VA 8 6,257 4
99. Kansas City, MO 17 6,244 3
100. San Antonio, TX 32 6,214 3
101. Kenosha, WI 3 6,121 3
102. Oakland, CA 1 6,103 4
103. Kansas City, KS 9 6,019 4
104. Oklahoma City, OK 25 5,885 4
105. Newport News, VA 2 5,847 4
106. Buffalo, NY E37/L4/4BC 5,811 3
107. Arlington, TX 6 5,765 3
108. Clayton County, GA 4 5,753 2
109. Plainfield, IN 121 5,697 6
110. Rochester, NY Broad & Allen 5,541 4
111. Marysville, WA 61 5,500 3
112. Jersey City, NJ B2/E19/L8 5,496 3
113. Chula Vista, CA 1 5,414 3
114. Modesto, CA 1 5,371 5
115. Marion County, FL 21 5,356 6
116. Pontiac, MI 1 5,348 4
117. Fort Worth, TX 2 5,303 4
118. Lowell, MA Civic Center 5,289 3
119. Mansfield, OH 1 5,285 4
120. Sterling Heights, MI 1 5,178 3
121. Oshkosh, WI 15 5,066 9
122. Myrtle Beach, SC 1 5,061 4
123. Richmond, VA Q10/R2 5,023 2
124. New Orleans, LA E27 4,984 4
125. Olympia, WA 3 4,894 2
126. Pittsburgh, PA 4 4,747 2
127. Springfield, OH 8 4,604 4
128. Aurora, IL 1 4,589 3
129. Tempe, AZ 276 4,578 3
129. Virginia Beach, VA 9 4,578 2
131. Mount Prospect, IL 13 4,573 4
132. Chandler, AZ 286 4,541 3
133. Fort Wayne, IN 1 4,505 6
134. Taunton, MA Central 4,475 3
135. Kokomo, IN 1 4,338 4
136. Gwinnett County, GA 15 4,325 3
137. Renton, WA 12 4,217 3
138. Boise, ID 6 4,123 3
139. Chesterfield County, VA 3 4,118 4
140. Fresno, CA 3 4,084 3
141. Hampton, VA 1 4,065 4
142. Greenville, SC 2 4,025 3
143. Everett, MA Central 3,999 3
144. Huntsville, AL 1 3,979 2
145. Greeley, CO 2 3,906 2
146. Decatur, IL 1 3,897 4
147. Polk County, FL 7 3,859 4
148. Bedford, TX 1 3,827 4
149. Palm Springs, CA 441 3,797 2
150. Sandy Springs, GA 2 3,785 4
151. Farmers Branch, TX 1 3,730 3
152. Vista, CA VT1 3,697 6
153. Passaic, NJ Westside 3,680 3
154. Cherry Hill, NJ 1322/1392 3,635 2
155. Bristol, TN 1 3,620 4
156. Longmont, CO 3 3,607 2
157. Honolulu, HI 2 3,538 3
158. Hanford, CA 1 3,512 4
159. Casper, WY 1 3,447 3
160. Norwich Township, OH 81 3,429 3
161. Medford, OR 3 3,411 4
162. Sioux City, IA 1 3,348 3
163. Irving, TX 2 3,335 5
164. Waukesha, WI 1 3,333 3.5
165. Fort Walton Beach, FL 6 3,238 4
166. Muskegon, MI 3 3,229 3
167. Salinas, CA 1 3,227 4
168. Elgin, IL 4 3,214 2
169. Niagara Falls, NY 4 3,183 2
169. Syracuse, NY 1 3,183 3
171. Lodi, CA 1 3,182 4
172. Reading, PA 8th & Court 3,149 3
173. Loma Linda, CA 1 3,138 6
174. Boulder, CO 1 3,078 3
175. Tarpon Springs, FL 69 3,024 4
176. Port Arthur, TX 1 3,020 4
177. Waterbury, CT HQ 2,982 3
178. Pittsfield, MA HQ 2,958 4
179. Adams County, CO 11 2,950 4
180. Casa Grande, AZ 501 2,948 2
181. Gastonia, NC 3 2,940 2
182. Fredericksburg, VA 1 2,847 3
183. Harrisburg, PA 2 2,788 2
184. Oceanside, CA 4 2,746 2
185. Concord, NC 3 2,709 3
186. Great Falls, MT 1 2,675 5
187. Morrow, GA 1 2,644 3
188. St. Joseph, MO HQ 2,630 8
189. Rocky Mount, NC 2 2,564 1
190. Fargo, ND HQ 2,498 3
191. College Station, TX 1 2,434 3
192. Winter Park, FL 61 2,421 5
193. Dothan, AL 1 2,382 3
194. Billings, MT 1 2,366 5
195. Seaside, CA 1 2,364 4
196. Burlington FPD, KY HQ 2,362 12
197. Temple, TX 1 2,350 5
198. Apple Valley, CA 334 2,306 2
199. Titusville, FL 13 2,274 2
200. Poughkeepsie, NY 1 2,229 2
201. Waco, TX 1 2,220 3
202. Royal Oak, MI 1 2,204 3
203. Mansfield, TX 2 2,186 2
204. Colleton County, SC 27 2,166 5
205. Carpentersville, IL 2 2,165 3
206. Zephyrhills, FL 1 2,157 3
207. Arvada, CO 1 2,146 1
208. Ormond Beach, FL 92 2,145 2
209. Watsonville, CA 1 2,133 3
210. Lemont, IL 1 2,127 4
211. Texarkana, TX 5 2,095 2
212. Grand Forks, ND Central 2,036 3
213. Canby, OR 62 2,035 10
214. St. George FPD, LA 62 2,027 2
215. Enka-Candler, NC 1 1,937 8
216. Lawton, OK 4 1,919 2
217. Pawley's Island, Midway Fire Rescue, SC 81 1,875 3
218. Cheyenne, WY 3 1,870 1
219. Auburn, CA 2 1,824 1
220. Cedar Rapids, IA 8 1,810 1
221. St. Cloud, MN 1 1,800 5
222. Lafayette, LA 2 1,785 2
223. Sumter, SC HQ 1,700 4
224. Hays, KS 1 1,696 5
225. Lackawanna, NY 3 1,670 1
226. Mount Pleasant, WI 1 1,667 3
227. Carmel, IN 41 1,665 4
228. Elizabeth City, NC 1 1,661 3
229. Erie, PA E13 1,622 1
230. Franklin, TN 1 1,561 3
230. Oneida, NY Central 1,561 5
232. Saginaw, MI 1 1,555 5
233. Gaffney, SC 10 1,492 4
234. Burlington, NC 1 1,437 4
235. Glens Falls, NY Ridge Street 1,414 4
236. Estero, FL 43 1,400 3
237. Pooler, GA 61 1,374 5
238. Spartanburg, SC 1 1,370 4
239. Florence, AL 1 1,368 3
240. Lake County, FL 52 1,352 2
241. Altoona, PA 310 1,349 3
242. Elyria, OH 1 1,296 3
243. Bath Township, OH 1 1,223 8
244. Meridian, MS 1 1,220 3
245. Lake Charles, LA 1 1,140 2
246. Eaton, OH 2 1,021 1
247. Greenfield, LA 1 945 3
248. Panama City, FL 1 848 3
249. Hagerstown, MD 4 841 2
250. Nicholasville, KY 1 764 1
251. Albany, GA 1 704 5
252. Somerset, CA 38 667 2
253. Anderson City, SC 1 630 10
254. Harlingen, TX 1 609 5
255. Camp Roberts, CA 1 596 9
256. Thomas County, GA 8 459 3
CANADA
1. Winnipeg, MB 1 21,205 9
2. Toronto, ON 332 14,590 6
3. Calgary, AB 2 10,138 5
4. Laval, QC 2 7,238 3
5. Edmonton, AB 1 6,647 2
6. Brandon, MB 1 3,446 6
7. Markham, ON 95 3,316 3
8. St. John's, NL Central 2,857 7
9. Kaloops, BC 2 2,312 2
Some data was not available at deadline on previous parts. The information is listed below.
Jacksonville, FL
Population 897,597
Budget (in millions) 151.1
Engines 51
Ladders 12
Medics 34
Chiefs 36
Total Strength 1,419
Fire Calls 21,900
EMS Calls 92,615
False Alarms 3,200
Total Calls 117,503
Busiest Engine E-28/4,622 runs
Busiest Ladder L-10/1,981 runs
Stockton, CA
Population 356,000
Budget (in millions) 56.5
Engines 13
Ladders 4
Medics 0
Chiefs 2
Total Strength 248
Fire Calls NA
EMS Calls NA
False Alarms NA
Total Calls 37,834
Busiest Engine E9/5,003 runs
Busiest Ladder T2/1,078 runs