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Phoenix Fire Makes History In 2022 With The Highest Call Volume Ever Recorded In One Year

By on January 5, 2023 0 238Views

As the city of Phoenix continues to grow, so does the demand for services from Phoenix firefighters. According to the Phoenix Fire Data Team, the Phoenix Fire Department saw its busiest year ever in 2022. Overall, Phoenix Fire unit call volume was the highest ever at 405,290 total responses. In comparison, Phoenix firefighters saw a total of 385,573 responses in 2021. That’s nearly an additional 20,000 calls for service.

Located near 7th street and Hatcher, Phoenix Fire Engine 7 finished with the highest annual unit call volume ever recorded in the region. That total volume included 6,057 calls for service. One of those calls saved the lives of a man and his dog after they were trapped in a structure fire.​

Other major takeaways from the 2022 annual totals include six Phoenix Fire engines finishing their unit call volume over 5,000. Ranked in order, Engine 7 topped the list with 6,057. Second busiest was Engine 15. Located near 43rd avenue and Camelback, Engine 15 had a total of 5,183 total responses. Engine 18 was third busiest. Located near 23rd avenue and Camelback, Engine 18 responded to 5,102 calls. Fifth busiest was Engine 42. Located near 35th avenue and Greenway, Engine 42 responded to 5,036 calls for service. Rounding out as the sixth busiest in Phoenix was Engine 33. Located near 23rd avenue and Cactus, Engine 33 had a total of 5,022 responses.

To further showcase hard work of Phoenix firefighters, 18 Engines within the city of Phoenix finished with their unit call volume over 4,000. Other key points from the yearly annual totals show Ladder 33 having the highest total ever for a Ladder unit with 4,816 dispatches. Rescue 33 finished with the highest total ever for a Rescue for dispatches including 5,158. That included 3,707 transports.

“The Phoenix Fire Department is aware of the rapid growth our city is experiencing. Along with that comes a higher demand for our emergency services. We are working diligently with city leadership, and our partners in U.P.F.F.A. Local 493 to project the needs of the community and build a response system that matches the need and improves response times,” Phoenix Fire Chief Mike Duran added. “In addition, we are ever mindful of the wellness of our responders, providing the best support services possible to support their needs.”

As 911 calls continue to rise, the city of Phoenix is working to support Phoenix firefighters. In early December, the City Council unanimously voted to allocate $7.8 million in annual funding for the creation of 58 new sworn positions. Some of the new positions are dedicated to Phoenix Fire’s aviation and rescue unit. The others will be assigned to Phoenix Fire Station 62, that is still in the works. Learn more about new firefighter positions and Station 62.