At a Glance
In 2019, fire departments responded to
that were reported to NFIRS. This is a 6% increase over calls reported in 2017.
Almost two-thirds (65%) of the reported calls to fire departments required emergency medical services (EMS) and rescue services.
Only 4% of all reported fire department runs were fire related.
About half (52%) of the reported calls were to residential properties. 70% required EMS or rescue services while only 3% were fire related.
In 2019, fire runs were more prevalent on Saturdays, whereas severe weather calls peaked on Sundays followed by a secondary peak on Thursdays.
Approximately 8% of reported runs involved mutual or automatic aid.
Fire department calls by major incident type category (2019)
In 2019, fire departments responded to 28,534,400 incident calls that were reported to NFIRS.
Of these reported calls, 18,477,603 (65%) required EMS and rescue services. EMS calls were by far the leading type of EMS and rescue service calls, followed by medical assists.
|Good intent call||11.3|
|False alarm/false call||8.2|
|Hazardous condition (no fire)||3.4|
|Special incident type||0.8|
|Severe weather/natural disaster||0.2|
|Overpressure rupture/explosion (no fire)||0.1|
EMS and rescue service calls (2019)
EMS calls were by far the leading type of EMS and rescue service calls, followed by medical assists.
|Motor vehicle accident with injuries||5.4|
|Motor vehicle accident with no injuries||3.5|
|All other EMS and rescue calls||10.7|