Westlake Firefighters Answered 6,413 Calls in 2022

The Westlake Firefighters Local 1814 reports that Westlake Firefighters received 6,413 calls for service in 2022 – the busiest year ever!

“Here are the results of an analysis of 2022 incident data by Local 1814,” reports the Union.”

“Last year, our members received 6,413 calls for service, a 6% increase over 2021.

“As expected, the vast majority were EMS runs, at almost 4,800. 25% of the incidents were not primarily EMS-related. The run numbers only tell part of the story however, as multiple vehicles and crews can respond to one incident. Per our analysis, there were 7,661 apparatus/vehicle responses.

Some further highlights:

– 66 incidents identified as structure fires

– 324+ service calls

– 221 requests for mutual aid outside of Westlake

The Union also had some notable non-incident related highlights:

– Hired six new Firefighter-Paramedics

– Saw a Chief retire, and another be promoted and begin his tenure

– Completed a multi-day large scale multi-agency mass casualty exercise

– Inspected and flushed over 2,500 public fire hydrants, and tested miles of fire hose and the pumps on all vehicles.

The Westlake Fire Department is a full-time career Fire Department protecting nearly 34,000 residents in a 16 square mile area. The department cross-staffs two fire engines, two ladder trucks, and ambulances out of two stations with a minimum daily staffing of nine Firefighter-Paramedics.

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