View Poll Results: How many calls has your dept been running lately?

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    Default How many calls has your dept been running lately?

    My department has seen a HUGE decrease in calls since the last part of 2004. I was wondering if our department was alone or not? I think people in my area are becoming smarter!

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    Not here. Each station has been running 5-7 a day. Thats about normal, although this is usually the "slow" season which would mean 3-4 a day. We are actually were running more.

    Must just be you.
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    We're seeing an increase too. We don't run that many calls per year but we're already at a 17% increase from last year. Lately there have been lots of stupid people thinking that they can conduct a controlled structure burn themselves and then they end up burning down two or three more with it.

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    Were Up about 12% on the EMS side and 5% on the fire side, thats a 3 year trend.
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    We are down in call volume. But that is mostly due to the low risk of burning because of all the rain we've had. Usually the farmers have us running much more than this with garbage, field and bale fires. We did have a 300 bale fire due to a lightening strike last Friday.
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    We've had an increase in "outside fires" which includes illegal burns, an increase in breathing problems (go figure the relation between those two in the same neighborhood) and an increase in MVAs. The majority of our outside fires are either A: Wildlife rekindles or Soldier fires, with a few illegal burns. The GP here seems to be catching on about not doing as many illegal burns, thank goodness.

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    I looked today out of curiosity and we had 269 this seems like a normal number for the summer time.
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    Our calls are up. We average running around 300 calls per year, give or take. We had one particular day in May, we ran 15 calls within 24 hours.

    We have noted, over the previous 5-10 years or so, we're slowly becoming a primarily "rescue" department. In 1994, I can remember 54 actual structure fires. In 2004, that number went down to 22 or so. I'd like to claim it's "fire prevention" doing the work, but I think it has more to do with older homes being removed (either from previous fires or demolition). "Rural Reconstruction" is the term we like to use.



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    We have beem seeing a 5-8% yearly increase in both fire and EMS calls simply due to an increase in population as folks flee the city for the burbs and country. We have seen an increase in brush fires this spring and early summer due to dry conditions as well.

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    Call volume way up (mostly EMS),population grew > 10% last year,50% last ten years. Still have almost exact amount of firefighters-stations-apparatus from 5 years ago. Mentality of Administration? Way down in the last year.. I beleive at an all time low!

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    Seem to be up...not exactly sure on the numbers, haven't tallied them for this month yet. We have seen a definite increase in nasty trauma calls so far this year, since warm weather hit (e.g. ATV/motorcycle accidents). I think back a couple weeks ago we set a department record for the most people taken out by HealthNet/LifeFlight in one week. I think we may have also had a record or near-record number of brush fire calls this spring.
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    Dont know if the call volume is up, but working fires are. Last year we had 0 in district, few responded to outside. this year we've had 9 working fires.
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    there have been lots of stupid people thinking that they can conduct a controlled structure burn themselves and then they end up burning down two or three more with it.
    Im not sure whether it would give me comfort if you told me that you are talking about another fire station. Either way, its not good
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    Were doing our normal 90 - 130 calls per month . Brush fire season shouldnt be a big one this year but you never know and hurricanes and such might have us out and about as well.
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    Little over 40100 to date this year. I think that's about 225 per day.

    Up a little, not much. This is our busy season.

    Fires vs. Medical about normal

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    Our EMS runs go up 5-10% every year, to around 3,000 last year. But, we have lost 10% of our staff and 10% of our budget due to the bad economy.

    More calls, less people.

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    Last year's total was 4,030 and yesterday's year-to-date total of 1,998 sounds like we're running real flat. Our big downturn was 3 years ago, when we went from one or two engines and a ladder truck on an "AFA" to a single engine. AFAs in neighboring districts were half of our Ladder Truck's call load. A trend over the years has been that Rescue calls are becoming an increasing percentage of our total runs. This trend is noticable to the extent that by August 1, we expect to have our Rescue Pumper fully equipped to Heavy Rescue standards, which in turn will allow us to run two Heavy Rescues on a regular basis.
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    Basically none. The last two calls we were paged for were automatic mutual aid calls, and the home dept. put a stop on our response before we were out the doors. It's about 3 weeks since we turned a wheel, and over a month since we wet a hose. Lack of sleep due to a high call volume isn't a worry here.
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    We run about 50 a year, this year we have already had 50.
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    Overall we have seen an increase over the last few years. We broke 300 last year for the first time with 315. This year we seem to be on a pace about equal to that. I forsee it continuing to rise in the next few years....
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    we are running low this year, we just broke 250
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    Last time I checked we are @ 800 so far this year.

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    Default was holding off posting.......but.....

    didn't realize it til i punched the numbers.....as of the end of June we are 22 over 2004 end of June. the main thing to remember is that we ended an auto-aid out earlier this year and have still gone up.

    we are also starting this month strong with 7 in the first 2 days.
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