10/03/10 45 W - + 5 - 4 Who Fights The Most Fire?

Quick poll, who fights the most fire? Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, or Winston-Salem? The context of the question is job seekers in the Central Piedmont, and who are seeking a busy or the busiest department to apply for. Thanks for input.

The answer won’t tell you much, though. A department with the most fires could still be slow overall, because everyone else is running medical calls. And even at the busiest department, if they’re well-staffed, your share of that action isn’t going to be as much. Maybe the question should be: what is the call volume divided by the full time staffing equivalent? But that question doesn’t sound like it would be fun to discuss…. :)
rfburns - 10/03/10 - 20:02

That data point will or should tell me everything, at least for this question. In this case I am equating busy with working fires. So my language should perhaps be a bit more clear.

Which of the four departments have the most working fires?
Legeros - 10/03/10 - 20:23

I’d say Durham when you compare size to working fires…..
Silver - 10/03/10 - 22:24

Ah, I love this question…however, it is a bit difficult to answer. The problem is working fires aren’t easily tracked…at least not through NFIRS. Some working fires are categorized under "building fire", and others under "cooking fire", "chimney fire", etc. Not too mention, all those categorized under "building fire" may not have been actual working fires.

So, in my opinion, you end up with a educated guess on the actual number of working fires. That is, unless you have a non-NFIRS Legeroseque method of tracking such an animal. As comparsion and to be taken only with a grain of salt…the City of Raleigh FD ran the following in 2009: structure fires – 420, vehicle fires – 224, vegetation fires – 213, of the total 35404 runs…which is approximately 2.4% of the total runs.
AP - 10/05/10 - 20:23

Right-o. I am thinking this is more of a “feel” opinion, although maybe folks from DFD, GFD, WSFD have some numbers they can throw.

Raleigh is a room-and-contents land, mostly. And bigger residential single- and multi-unit fires, from time to time. Not much in the way of big honkin’ commercial or industrial blazes. That sound about right?
Legeros - 10/05/10 - 20:26

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