2 Percent of Fire Calls are for Fires, Grand Jury Finds
Public CEO, June 12, 2012The role and services of firefighters has changed greatly over the last few decades. Now, they work as emergency medical personnel on 98% of their calls, rarely responding to actual fires.
According to a Grand Jury report that was recently released, firefighters for the Orange County Fire Authority responded to 88,227 calls in 2010. Only two percent were for fires or explosions. They turned out units for medical emergencies, and ‘other’ scenarios such as hazmat calls or car accidents.
The Grand Jury called for the OCFA to hire an outside fire consultant to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in the department, including response times, types of calls, and make recommendations to improve the system.