For the 26th year, the career fire service takes to the pages of the FirehouseÂ® Magazine to share and compare statistics about company and department activity levels, funding, staffing and pay. A total of 244 fire departments took part in this year's survey, representing 45 states, the District of Columbia and 8 Canadian provinces. The departments represented in this latest survey protect 79,994,388 people, and they have budgets totaling more than $12 billion (budgets are listed in millions of dollars). They provide this service with 4,095 engine companies, 1,489 ladder companies, 1,826 ambulances and numerous other specialized units. They responded to 1,623,691 fire calls, 7,284,434 EMS calls and 10,757,152 total calls last year.
Part 2 of this survey features total calls, busiest engine and busiest ladders for 2006. Other categories will be featured in coming issues. Our sincere thanks go to each participating department.
Check out Firehouse.com for a profile of 2006's busiest engines. You can also download 2007 survey forms at www.firehouse.com/magazine/surveys/forms.
2006 National Run Survey: Total Calls (PDF) 2006 National Run Survey: Busiest Engine Company (PDF) 2006 National Run Survey: Busiest Ladder Companes (PDF)