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    Question Number of calls for a vol dept?

    Hello,

    I am a volunteer fireman in a California department that is 100% volunteer. We have 14 members and about 6 of them carry most of the load. For the last three years we have been running about 285-300 calls a year.

    I am interested in hearing what the call load has been for other departments out there.

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    I am really enjoying reading everyones situation. In my area most every department is paid and I don't have benchmark to compare ours too. I am reading that so many departments are doing so much with volunteers. Keep telling your story.

    The only other 100% volunteer department in our county has about 5 members on a budget of $16,000yr. They are next to a Class one department. There is 1200 homes going to be built in their district. I am uncertain about their future.

    Our town has a population of 260. We have the only women that is a fire chief that I know about. We operate on a budget of $140,000 which is what some of the fire chiefs around here make in salery. We cover 110 sq milies. We run EMS,VA, Fire, Etc.

    We have open up our membership to outside the district. If you can get to the station in 15min you qualify. We have a hard time getting young people. Most people in our district are commuters to the Bay Area. We are 1.5 hr drive from down town San Francisco. Even though we are mostly rural, the starter ranchette will set you back about $500K. With our budget we have been putting new cab and chassies under our fleet. Our rebuilds are: engines 2001 and 1997 FL70, Rescue 1990 Ford 550, Tender 2003 FL112 3500gal, 2000 Chevy Pu, Reserve: Tender 1972 4000gal, 1967 engine. The training and the paper work in this part of Cali is the same if 100% paid or 100% volunteer. The min required is EAR. If the 6 or so people that keep this place going decide they want a diffent life. I am unsure about our future.

    We are in the 5th fastest growing county in the nation. I guess we can expect changes. If you made it this far. I wish I could hear about your department while sharing a smooth California Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheers!!!
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    Wow! Thats a ton of calls for your size department!
    We only get about 25 a year. I live in a small town of about 2000 ...maybe a little more.

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    My department is 35 to 40 members, fully volunteer. We cover a rural/suburban area that abuts a city of 1 million. We have 2 pumpers, 1 tanker/pumper, 1 rescue, 1 brush truck - done about 235 calls so far this year, which is right around average for the past 3 years. This includes medical first response (which is around 60% of our call volume, if I recall).

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    I agree. That's alot of calls for a half dozen FFs to run. Do you run just fire and wrecks? Do you run EMS? Haz-Mat? How many calls does your FD miss due to no manpower? My combo department has 28 pagers issued out but only about half that number are active and run. We do 350 to 400 calls a year. Most calls are EMS with Fire, Wrecks and Haz-Mat thrown in to keep it interesting. The problem with a volunteer FD is you can never count on anyone showing up. We've had fire alarms going off at the Truck Stop/Casino and no trucks rolled even after 911 paged out 4 times. We've had plenty of medical calls go unanswered. At 3:30 am yesterday I responded to a car fire. I pulled up in the pumper and had the pump going and a line streched before another volunteer showed up. The 2 of us handled the car fire and then he left and I put the truck away and went back home too. It reminded me of his first house fire. He pulled up in his pickup truck and there I am with the first out pumper in front of a fully involved house aiming a handline through the kitchen window. He comes up to me and grabs the hose and asks where everyone else is. I just shook my head and told him I don't know but I hope a tanker shows up before our water is gone. DEFENSE.
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    We run on average 130 to 160 fires and vehicle accidents a year with 25 firefighters, all volunteer, and 9 apparatus. Our district is approx 140 squre miles with a total population of around 6,500. Our ambulance service which is paid-per-call runs anywhere from 250 to 300+ runs a year.

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    We ran 4444 calls last year. All EMS. All volunteer suburban EMS. The call volume goes up every year. We have about 200 members and about 125 of them are active riding members.

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    Fire dept. consists of 4 career and 31 volley.
    2 engines, 2 tankers, 100' aerial, medium rescue, 2 brush units, 2 boats and a Chevy Lumina.

    We average 125 fire calls per year, consisting of fires, accidents and dive rescue calls.

    The ambulance service averages anywhere from 450 to 600 runs per year.

    We cover a 50 sq. mile rural area. The city has a population of 3500 and the entire fire district runs closer to 5000.
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    My department ran, I think, 275 calls last year and we'll probably finish up close to that this year. We're an all-volunteer department with, currently, 29 active members, serving a rural population of just over 6,000. We run medical first responder calls and this makes up about 60 to 70% of our runs. For a more detailed breakdown of last year's runs, check out our Firehouse.com profile under "USA Departments".

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    Hey CAFFDER your dept sounds like mine. We have 14 members of which 8 are active (which means these 8 will respond unless at work, out of town etc.) The other 6, well I think they mean well but. We are 100% volunteer. We have run an average of 160 calls a year for the past 3 years. We recieved the fire grant round 3 2002. This made the guys more active for about 6 months. We recieved a new mini-pumper in July 2003, this helped with attendence for a few months as well.

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    My old volunteer department has 50+ members and covers a relatively large area that is urban/rural combination. There is one guy who is basically a driver who is responsible for keeping the place clean and driving and the apparatus maintaine that is paid by the Town the department is in. He works 830-430 M-F,, excluding holidays. They have 1 station with 2 Engines, Ladder, Tanker, Brush, Command Car, and a Reserve Engine. I think theyu are up to 1200+ calls a year now.

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    We run approximately 600 - 650 calls a year.
    We have 193 members on roster, with about 35 active firefighters.
    We run from a village station consisting of 3 engines, 1 103ft tower, 1 4000 gal. tanker, 1 utility truck, 1 EMS vehicle (we expect to put our new EMS vehicle in service in early 2004), and 1 boat.
    Our district population is roughly 8,000.
    We run Fires, Automatic Fire Alarms,Motor Vehicle Accidents,Hazmat,Canal Rescue,and 2nd run EMS.There is a volunteer ambulance service (with paid paramedics) that runs first run ALS EMS calls. Roughly 25% of our calls would be for EMS.
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    48 square miles, 3,470 pop., rural
    roster almost 100, only about 45-50 make any calls, and really only about 30 really active. Intermediate EMT, non transporting 1st response, run about 70% EMS calls, last year almost 400 calls, but average year usually more like 350 calls. Next door to my esteemed friend AFD 368, just above. Two pumper/tankers, 1 tanker, 1 Rescue, 1 equipment truck, and 1 boat. We also usually house the county haz mat trailer in our station #2, for the winter months.
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    Owego,NY- We have 100 active firefighters/EMT's we run 3 pumpers,1 aerial, 1 pumper/tanker, 1 rescue, 3 ambulances, 1 ALS Rapid Response Vehicle, 2 brush trucks, 1 boat and a Fire Police vehicle, we are at 1,710 so far this year with 70% of them EMS
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    We run on average about 2500 calls a year out of 16 stations
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    We have about 40 memebers all volunteer. This year so far we have made about 530 runs. And the majority are not EMS. Apparatus consist of 3 engines, heavy rescue, 85' Snorkel, EMS truck, tanker, brush truck, and station car.
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    My department has 25 members, and covers about 25 square miles. In our first response district are 3 major highways, a chemical plant, a power generating plant, the largest industrial park on the east coast, the Delaware river and associated tributaries, and approximately 2000 residential buildings with a daytime population of about 12,000. We don't run any EMS, that's covered by a paid crew 24/7. The fire department is all volunteer, and we're at 441 calls for the year to date. (12/7) The last few years have seen our call volume increase about 15 calls per year. We run 2 rescue/engines, 1 reserve engine, 1 85' tower, 1 brush unit, 1 utility pick-up, and 1 18' marine unit.
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    My department runs strictly fire calls, no EMS..(thank god) We average about 375 calls per year. We have 3 stations to cover about 40 sqaure miles of rural and suburban areas. We have 3 engines, 1 truck, a rescue, tanker, and brush unit. NOt sure on how many actually volunteers we have..

    My Department is totally profiled in last months firehouse magazine, it gives all the specifics of our response area and some other facts.

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    Our Dept is part-paid with about 40 members and responds to both fire and EMS. The fire chief is full time. We run a 2 person part-time crew M-F from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. They run out of our mini-pumper and respond to Fire and EMS calls and carry all of the ALS equiptment. The part-paid personnel respond as well and handle the transports.

    Our city is 7 square miles and has a population around 5500. We average about 800 calls a year.

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    Our Dept is totaly volunteer. We cover 65 square miles, consisting of 5 municipalities (Boro and 4 Twps.), with a population of 3400, out of one station. We run 1 Engine, 1 Engine/Tanker, 1 Rescue and 1 Brush. Our coverage area consists mostly of rural, farmland and some small industry. Interstate 99 is in the process of being built directly through the middle of our coverage area, with planned completion of 2007. We run 275 - 300 incidents a year. About 80% of our calls are MVA's. We don't run EMS, unless requested by the local EMS company. We have aprox 30 active members.

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    Before I left my volunteer department 12 months ago, we were averaging around 1100 calls per year with a force of about 80 personnel, of which 20-30 were active.

    Not bad when you consider that there was a fully staffed station 5 minutes up the road doing around 1300 calls- where's the logic?
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    NFD159 covered ours, except we are probably going to be at 900+ for the year.

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    We just finished a record year of 311 runs, 86% of which were EMS. Our year runs Dec-Nov.

    Run stats at http://www.wtfd.net/2003runs.html

    Our township is a whopping 2 square miles with a population of around 4500. Mostly residential, some commercial and a grade school plus a river, part of Lake Erie and 1 mile of I-75. We run Automatic Aid with a department just across the border in Michigan for fires and MVAs.

    42 members including 4 Chiefs, 6 Captains, 2 Dispatchers and 30 Firefighters, most of whom are EMT-Basics. We also have 4 Paramedics.

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    we neighbor 159 &'77, and run simillar to them. We have a full-time Chief, and have 2 personnel on duty from 8-4, 7 days a week. Everyone else is POC, and comes from home.We have a population around 7,000, running out of soon will be 2 stations. 2 engines, 1 85 ft "Tower Ladder", 2 ALS transport vehicles, a safety officer vehicle, and a special ops unit and a boat. We run about 600 fire and EMS related calls annually.you can check us out @ www.rossfordfire.com
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    Originally posted by Weruj1
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    Quit calling that thing a quint! Tower Ladder sounds so much better LOL

    "Quint" has all those negative conotations, right PA Volunteer?
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    Cool Re: Number of calls for a vol dept?

    Originally posted by caffder


    I am interested in hearing what the call load has been for other departments out there.

    Thanks,
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    Glenn Dale, Maryland. 9,137 Responses in 2002. In our system's way of keeping score, that comes down to about 5,500 different incidents. These calls were handled by a combination force of 45 active Volunteers, 5 Career FFs. who each work a 10 hour day, 4 days a week, and 8 Career Paramedics who work 24 on 72 off. These folks jointly operate 1 Tower Ladder, 1 ALS ambulance, 1 BLS ambulance, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Rescue Engine, 1 Fire Engine, 1 Brush Unit, 3 Command Vehicles, (Chiefs Cars) and a Lawnmower/Snow Blower.

    Our call load is covered by saying that if you call, we haul. We run EVERYTHING that happens in our area. Fire, Flood, Bomb, HazMat, Storm, Animal, When something goes wrong, we put it out, cut it up, pump it out, cover it up, tie it down, raise it, lower it, render aid to it, transport it, or whatever we need to do to mitigate the problem.

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