For the 37th year, the career fire service takes to the pages of Firehouse Magazine to share and compare statistics about company and department levels, funding, staffing and pay. A total of 259 fire departments took part in this year’s survey, representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and 2 Canadian provinces. The departments represented in this latest survey protect 90,245,453 people, and they have budgets totaling more than $18.3 billion. They provide the services with 3,982 engine companies, 1,435 ladder companies, 2,405 ambulances and numerous specialized units. They responded to 1.4 million fire calls, 8.1 million EMS calls and 11.8 million total calls in 2017.
Part 2 looks at Total Calls, Busiest Engines and Busiest Ladder companies.