2008 Fire Incidents

Actual Fire Responses

Past history is perhaps one of the best indicators of how efficient emergency services are provided. By looking at where the calls actually occur and how the responses are tailored to those locations can be one of the best ways to judge compliance with the standard. Response data from 2008 was categorized and geocoded in order to complete this portion of the analysis.

 

In addition, a fire service should be designed to adequately respond to a number of emergencies occurring at once in a fashion that aims to minimize the loss of life and the loss of property that the fire service is charged with protecting.  Any decisions regarding staffing and deployment should be made after considering response times to specific target hazards, compliance with departmental Standard Operating Procedures, existing national standards, including NFPA 1500 and NFPA Standard 1710, and the citizens’ expectation of receiving an adequate number of qualified personnel on appropriate apparatus within acceptable time frames.

 

While it is impossible to predict where most of a jurisdiction’s fire and medical emergencies will occur, the Mansfield Fire Department should examine where emergencies have typically occurred in the past and make efforts to ensure these areas continue to enjoy the same level of coverage.  Areas with accelerated development and growth will require additional coverage in the future.  Any projected increase in emergency response demands should also be considered before changes are implemented, focusing on associated hazard types and planned response assignments.

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Tables 1 and 2 depict the results from this analysis:


Table 1: City-Wide Fire Responses

Category

Total Responses

Responses within 4 Minute Coverage

Percent of Calls Covered

Brush / Grass Fire

25

21

84%

False Alarm

353

252

71%

Good Intent Call

162

121

75%

Hazardous Condition

302

214

71%

Motor Vehicle Accident

269

208

77%

Rescue

14

13

93%

Service Call

192

151

79%

Severe Weather / Natural Disaster

19

12

63%

Structure Fire

94

63

67%

Trash Fire / Other Outside Fire

176

130

74%

Vehicle Fire

31

23

74%

Totals

1637

1208

74%

 

Table 2: Fire Responses by District

Fire District

Total Responses

Responses within the NFPA Standard

Percent Covered by NFPA

ENGINE 1

591

567

96%

ENGINE 2

321

124

39%

ENGINE 3

212

154

73%

ENGINE 4

153

113

74%

ENGINE 6

310

250

81%

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Fire Incidents: 2008