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Mar 02

Fire Department - 2017 Emergency Response Overview

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 1:32 PM by Margaret Livingston

The information provided in this overview is intended to give the reader an understanding of the Fire Department’s Request for Services over the past five years. The El Cerrito Fire Department responds to a wide variety of calls for service. Calls for service are as follows:
  • Fire – Structure Fires, Vehicle Fires, Wildland Fires, Explosions
  • Medical – Rescues, Vehicle Accidents
  • Hazardous Condition – Spills, Electrical Problems, Toxic Conditions
  • Service Calls – Person in Distress, Lock Outs, Water Problems
  • Good Intent – Cancelled Calls, Wrong Locations, No Hazard Found
  • False Calls – False Alarms, System Malfunctions, Malicious False Alarms
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The Fire Department responds to approximately 3,250 calls for service per year; the following is a list of total responses for the past five years:

 Year Number of Responses
 2017  3585
 2016  3378
 2015  3326
 2014  3018
 2013  2951

As you can see, the Department’s responses have increased 18% over the last 5 years with an average of 3,252 responses annually.

The following lists the fire loss for the City of El Cerrito from 2013 thru 2017:
 Year Dollar Loss
 2017 $204,650
 2016 $323,835
 2015 $112,715
 2014 $196,725
 2013 $131,755

Fire loss over this five year period averages $193,936 per year, down from the spike we experienced last year. Fire loss averages remain low compared to cities with similar demographics. In closing, we suspect that requests for service will continue to increase slightly over the next calendar year.