For the 36th 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 248 fire departments took part in this year’s survey, representing 45 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces. The departments represented in this latest survey protect 82,354,804 people, and they have budgets totaling more than $13.7 billion. They provide the services with 3,752 engine companies, 1,408 ladder companies, 2,200 ambulances and numerous specialized units. They responded to 1.3 million fire calls, 8.9 million EMS calls and 13.2 million total calls in 2016.