For the 25th 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 306* fire departments took part in this yearâ€™s survey, representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and five Canadian provinces.
The departments represented in this latest survey protect 86,188,404 people and they have budgets totaling more than $11 billion (budgets are listed in millions of dollars). They provide this service with 4,343 engine companies, 1,474 ladder companies, 1,958 ambulances and numerous other specialized units. They responded to 1,914,563 fire calls, 7,485,443 EMS calls and 11,281,760 total calls last year.
Our sincere thanks go to each participating department. If your department does not appear, we invite you to request a survey form next year or download it here.
*Some data was not available when Part 1 of the survey was published and is as follows:
Baltimore County, MD: Population â€“ 780,800; budget for 2005 â€“ $75,589,000; engines â€“ 55; ladders â€“ 13; ambulances â€“ 48; chiefs â€“ 6; total strength of department â€“ 1,034; total calls â€“ 107,085; fire calls â€“ 3,556; EMS calls â€“ 80,819; and false alarms â€“ 5,902.