DeKalb Fire Department Releases 2007 Incident Response Summary

January 9, 2008

The DeKalb County Fire Department has compiled its 2007 Incident Response Summary.

Overall, 2007 fire incident responses in the county were up by 102 calls from 2006. In 2006, the department responded to a total of 288 fire incidents. The department responded to 390 fire incident responses in 2007. This count does not include the 394 rural medical first responder calls that county fire department personnel responded to.

With DeKalb County's rural population growing at rates higher than the cities' population growth in DeKalb County, the department continues to experience annual increases in the number of structure fires within the county jurisdiction. Also, for 2007, the extremely dry and hot weather pattern, resulted in the dramatic increase in wildland, grass, and debris fires.

The below chart provides a breakdown of each type of fire incident response that the department responded to in 2007:

Incident Type:

Structure- 66 (Year 2006) 69 (Year 2007)

Wildland/Grass/Debris- 50 (2006) 100 (2007)

Auto Wrecks- 129 (2006) 129 (2007)

Auto Fires 13- (2006) 23 (2007)

Landing Zones- 10 (2006) 11 (2007)

Extrication/Entrapment-19 (2007)

Hazmat 0 0

Alarms 17 (2006) 33 (2007)

Misc. 3 (2006) 6 (2007)

TOTAL 288 (2006) 390 (2007)

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