2004 National Run Survey – Part 1

For the 24th year, the career fire service takes to the pages of the Firehouse® Magazine to share and compare statistics about company and department activity levels, funding, staffing and pay. A total of 257 fire departments took part in this year’s survey, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and six Canadian provinces.

The departments represented in this latest survey protect 79,572,622 people, and they have budgets totaling more than $11 billion (budgets are listed in millions of dollars). They provide this service with 3,960 engine companies, 1,410 ladder companies, 1,737 ambulances and numerous other specialized units. They responded to 1,589,671 fire calls, 6,841,910 EMS calls and 9,864,166 total calls last year.

Part 1 of this survey features fire department profiles and total calls for 2004. Other categories will be featured in coming issues.

Our sincere thanks go to each department that participated. If your department does not appear, we invite you to request a survey form next year or download it from here.