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    Default How Big is your First Due Area?

    Hi all, I'm doing a sort of small study. In my area, fire and EMS service is covered by each individual city. The cities, however, range from relatively large to really small. As a result, there are a lot of firehouses that seem to be a very short distance from one another. I'm trying to get an idea of how this compares to both A) large or intermediate sized city fire stations, and B) other fire departments that are fairly near another department. So, how big is your station/department's first due area?


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    35.1 square miles

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    As a Deputy... my first due is the entire City... 22 square miles. Our HQ station has the smallest first due area, Stations 2 and 3 have roughly the same sized 1st due districts.
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    Station 1 goes on everything unless a volunteer station is manned and it is a medical call other than we got the whole 110 square miles.

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    9 square miles here...1st due

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    Thanks for the answers so far...considering the size of your first due, what characterizes your first due: is it residential, commercial, industrial, a mixture?

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    Our 1st due area for just our department is 31 sq miles. We cover that with a 50' telesquirt, 2,000 gallon tanker and a 750 gallon brush truck and six firefighters. But we have automatic aid agreements with three other fire districts which adds another 150 addition sq. miles.

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    1st Due 67 sq. miles......auto aid 2x's that amout

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    I'm not a firefighter yet, but my would-be first due is 6.1 square miles which is mostly residential, some commercial, and a large county farm/park.

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    Combo department I work for full-time is 164 square miles plus another 24 at the State National Gurad facility we cover under contract. We cover it with 6 stations (1 staffed) plus a station on the Guard facility.

    The all-volunteer department I vollie at is about 94 square miles. We cover it with 5 stations.

    We honestly do not have first-due areas for each station. Too many variables to say a truck should arrive first in "this" area with primarily or all-volunteer departments.
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    About 6 or 7 blocks in any direction...
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    I would guess 9 square miles, 48,000 people?

    On edit: Our term "first due" must be different from the rest. We consider our first due the area in which you are on the listed on the run card for a telephone alarm or still alarm.
    Our city is 56+ square miles, just shy of 300,000 people.
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    ...about 47 sq miles 1st due (depends on which of 6.5 stations), 2nd due 650 sq miles. Second due for 5 other departments. Many times, our crews arrive first on Auto-Aid Calls.

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    Just shy of 37 square miles. (Resident population ~45,000)
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    350 square miles :-)

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    About 37 square miles, maybe 2000 people (used to be more cows than people...). Automatics for structures add in another 30 square miles or so.
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    Our district is 15 sq miles - broken up between 3 stations. we are a suburban fire district.

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    350 sq miles Fire and Rescue. 2000 Square mile Auto Aid on Structure fires.
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    ~156 square miles. 99% rural area with no established water supply. Serve 3500 people out of one station in the "city" (of 2000 people)

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    Our Fire District is 165 square miles with 135 square miles EMS response area and 3 on duty per shift. This is compared with the department I retired from which was 55 square miles and 146 firefighters on duty per shift.
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