Firehouse® Magazine presents the second part of its compilation of the latest statistics on U.S. career fire departments.For the 17th year, the fire service takes to the pages of the National Run Survey to share and compare statistics about company and department activity levels, funding, staffing and pay. More than 200 career fire departments took part in this year's survey.
The results for the busiest company in each classification reflect the single busiest unit of that type in each jurisdiction. Other units may have been nearly as busy but only one unit per jurisdiction is listed. Our sincere thanks to each department that participated. If your department was not included, please write in and request a survey for next year.
In Part 1 (June 1998), we presented the following information on each department: population protected, budget, number of engines and ladder companies, and total strength. Total calls were listed as well as the number of fires, EMS calls and false alarms. Finally, the busiest engine companies and hazmat units were listed.
In this issue, we list the following busiest-unit categories: ladder, battalion chief, heavy rescue, ambulance and fire station. Also listed are firefighter and paramedic starting pay and top pay, as well as staffing of engine and ladder companies. ("NA" indicates information was not available.)
Busiest Ladder Company
Busiest Heavy Rescue
Busiest Fire Station
Fire Department Pay Scales
- Fire Department Pay Scales Part I
- Fire Department Pay Scales Part II
- Fire Department Pay Scales Part III
- Fire Department Pay Scales Part IV