Tucson Fire Department releases annual report

Published: Jun. 8, 2023 at 4:47 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) - The Tucson Fire Department has released its annual report.

The 90-page report, which can be read at https://online.fliphtml5.com/cdqzs/xooy/?1685748575, breaks down the department’s year.

The department responded to 101,963 calls last year. That’s a record and no station saw more activity than Station 9 in Eastside Tucson.

“That’s a new station,” said Department Chief Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department. “We’ve got an engine, a ladder, two medic trucks, a rescue truck, an EC, and a battalion chief. That’s a lot of people and a lot of firefighters to serve that community.”

According to the annual report, station 9 was one of two stations in the city that saw more than 16,000 calls for service.

Construction on the station wrapped up in May 2022 using funds from Proposition 101.

“It’s been a huge benefit for the men and women of our department,” said Baker. “When they reward us with new buildings and new apparatus and those things, that’s our job. To show up to work every day, put this uniform on, and give our best.”

Station 8, near Prince and Oracle, was also built using those funds. It wasn’t as busy as Station 9, but it did have the busiest single fire engine in the city.

“The area itself over the course of 20+ years of my career is constantly producing a high volume of calls,” said Baker. “So now we have an engine company, we have a rescue truck, a medic, we have as many resources as we can in that particular station to serve that area.”

Other information of note:

Ward 3 was the busiest for TFD with 19,613 calls, but Ward 6 was close with 18,977 calls.

The TFD has five drone pilots certified in 2022.

The department deployed crews to 19 wildland fires in Arizona, New Mexico and California.

The TFD responded to several notable fires in 2022, including the Randolph Golf Course golf cart storage facility, two recycling center fires (5900 Belvedere Avenue and 1500 block of Miracle Mile) and an arson investigation at Salpointe Catholic.

The top medical calls were for trauma.

The top non-medical calls were for fire alarms (3,250) and smoke (2,383).

The department responded to 1,046 calls for cardiac arrest.

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