For the 33rd 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 216 fire departments took part in this year’s survey, representing 44 states and four Canadian provinces. The departments represented in this latest survey protect 83,129,549 people and they have budgets totaling nearly $16 billion (budgets are listed in millions of dollars). They provide this service with 3,851 engine companies, 1,396 ladder companies, 2,099 ambulances and numerous specialized units. They responded to 1,802,243 fire calls, 8,566,617 EMS calls and 12,050,141 total calls last year.