DeKalb Fire Department Reports Fewer Incident Response Calls In 2012

January 14, 2013

The DeKalb County Fire Department has compiled its 2012 Incident Response Summary.

Overall, 2012 fire incident responses in the county were down by 116 calls from 2011. In 2011, the department responded to a total of 446 fire incidents. The department responded to 330 fire incident responses in 2012. This count does not include the 362 rural medical first responder calls that county fire department personnel responded to. One fire death occurred in DeKalb County in 2012.

With DeKalb County's rural population growing at rates higher than the cities' population growth within DeKalb County, the department continues to strive to prevent fires and fire related incidents by using prevention and educational measures. DeKalb County Fire Department's Fire Prevention and Safety Officer, Lt. James Pennington, says that preventing incidents is much more economical than responding to them.

Below provides a breakdown of each type of fire incident response that the department responded to in 2012:

Incident Type:
Structure: 55 (year 2011), 52 (year 2012)

Wildland/Grass/Debris: 49 (2011), 42 (2012)

Auto Wrecks: 128: (2011), 100 (2012)

Vehicle Fires: 25 (2011), 11 (2012)

Landing Zones: 36 (2011), 53 (2012)

Extrication/Entrapment: 22 (2011), 18 (2012)

Hazmat: 0 (2011), 0 (2012)

Alarms: 85 (2011), 37 (2012)

Miscellaneous: 46 (2011), 17 (2012)

TOTAL: 446 (2011), 330 (2012)

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