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|Fire Department Responses|
Type of Incident
|Overpressure Rupture, Explosion, Overheating||5||8||3||6||1||0||3||5||5||3||2|
|Hazardous Conditions (no fire)||144||199||105||136||95||104||151||154||134||117||87|
|False Alarms & False Calls||278||275||236||285||285||286||239||274||255||245||228|
|Severe Weather/Natural Disasters||2||1||2||2||4||1||4||4||2||1|
|Special Incident Type (2005 misc storm calls)||8||
|Total for Year||2401||2719||2567||2803||2947||2865||2888||3037||3027||3003||2586|
Fridley's firefighters responded to 3027 calls for service in 2012. This number compares with 3037 calls for service in 2011, and 2888 calls in 2010. The chart below portrays these as well as forecast calls for 2009 through 2015. The projections assume a 5% per year increase in medical assist calls and fire calls at a constant 2007 rate.
More than two-thirds of the calls for service are rescue or medical assist calls. Of the 1,963 rescue or medical assist calls many are for illnesses, difficulty breathing, injury, diabetic reaction, psychiatric reasons, cardiac arrest, seizure, injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, and a host of other causes. The number of these calls has also steadily increased by more than 25% since 2003.
While the number of medical assist calls by our Fridley firefighters is growing steadily, the number of fire calls has been inconsistent from year to year. In 2007, there were 123 fire calls. This compares to 145 fire calls in 2006, 199 fire calls in 2005, and 171 fire calls in 2004. The number for 2007 includes 35 structural fires. This compares with 32 structural fires in 2006, 39 structural fires in 2005, and 51 structural fires in 2004.
Other Fire Department responses in 2007 included 135 hazardous conditions calls involving things such as downed power lines, gasoline spills, gas leaks, shorting electrical equipment, and hazardous materials releases. Their calls also included service calls, such as those for ring removal, smoke investigation, flooding, and recreational fires.
Yet another category of Fire Department calls is the false alarm. Each year firefighters roll out of the City's fire stations to address calls that are triggered by broken sprinkler systems and malfunctioning fire alarm systems. In 2007, this happened 286 times. Additionally, fire fighters responded to another 285 good intent calls in which a problem perceived by a citizen caller turned out to be something other than a fire.
Response times to all of these fire calls have been ranging between six and seven minutes in each of the last four years. Response times for medic assist calls have averaged about five minutes over the same time span. As we get more concurrent medical assist calls, however, this impacts the firefighters' fire call response times. Firefighter response times are also impacted considerably by the times it takes paid-on-call firefighters to respond from home as well as by weather, traffic, poor directional information for vehicle accidents, and the growing number of routine service calls and false alarm calls.
In order to help improve response times, the Fire Department hired five additional paid-on-call fire fighters in 2007. Fire Chief John Berg has also created additional paid-on-call firefighter shifts on weekdays and Friday nights. In theory this enables the Fire Department to respond with a fire engine staffed by at least three firefighters or a rescue unit with two firefighters and a third person standing by. While this represents minimum staffing for both types of calls, it does allow a truck or rescue unit to leave the station without waiting for paid-on-call firefighters to respond from their homes. Ideally, a structural fire response requires an estimated twenty-two firefighters. With current staffing, Fridley typically has only eleven to twelve firefighters available on weekdays and must rely on mutual aid with other cities to fill the void. The only logical way to continue this reduction of response times would be to continue to add more staff and more shifts in future years. Finding funding for these improvements will no doubt be a major budget issue as the City budgets for 2009 and beyond.
Our firefighters education hundreds of people each year giving tours, fire safety and education talks, visiting local schools and day care facilities, and attending local events to promote fire safety.
Your fire department has 3 fire stations located throughout the city to serve the community. Groups of citizens, students, day care groups, Cub Scouts, Brownies, and other similar organizations can be given tours of the city's fire stations. Each group will be briefed on the responsibilities of the station, its personnel, and the assigned equipment. Firefighters also give safety talks to children. Tours and truck visits can be tailored to meet the group's needs or age. The majority of tours are conducted at the main fire station located at 6431 University Ave. NE.
To arrange for a tour or truck visit please contact the Fridley Fire Department.
Burn room with temperature sensors and ordinary combustible props for live fire attacks. Temperature alarm soon to be added.
Two story residential building with attic, constructed of steel and supplied with smoke generator; ideal for interior search and rescue, interior hose stream advances, and applying fire ground organization procedures.
Four story training tower with roof top railing and rescue rope rings; great for aerial and ground ladder practices, rope rappelling, high rise fire attack, master streams, high rise rescue techniques. (Note: There is no standpipe connection.)
Roof ventilation cutouts atop the two and one half story training building that provide realism for firefighters' use of power saws and axes to open up roof.
Confined space entry training includes two interconnected eight foot deep manholes, with a twenty four foot underground concrete pipe to the storm sewer outfall.
Propane gas fires including a 500 gallon propane tank and propane "tree" to give real hands on training
The Police Department is located in the lower level of the Fridley Municipal Center at 6431 University Avenue NE in Fridley, Minnesota. Redesigned in 1989, the facility has offices, holding cells, a firing range, heated garages for squads and equipment, locker rooms and an emergency operations center.
The department provides around the clock police service with 40 sworn peace officers and 15 full- or part-time civilian staff. A Public Safety Director and two Captains, each in charge of a Division, administer the department. The Field Operations division consists of the uniformed patrol officers and non-sworn community service officers. The Technical Services division includes Information Services, Special Projects and Investigation.