Photo credit: Photo by Ron Jeffers
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 218 fire departments took part in this year’s survey, representing 44 states and five Canadian provinces. The departments represented in this latest survey protect 84,581,118 people and they have budgets totaling nearly $16 billion (budgets are listed in millions of dollars). They provide this service with 3,916 engine companies, 1,413 ladder companies, 2,109 ambulances and numerous specialized units. They responded to 1,813,046 fire calls, 8,631,179 EMS calls and 12,151,442 total calls last year.