The Eastpointe Fire Department said 2017 was its busiest year, with 5,054 calls for service.

The Eastpointe Fire Department said 2017 was its busiest year, with 5,054 calls for service.

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Fire departments see call volumes increase in 2017

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 23, 2018

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe and Roseville fire departments have both had increases in their yearly numbers and spoke with the Eastsider to explain their 2017 calls-for-service numbers. 

 

Eastpointe

On, Jan. 1, the Eastpointe Firefighters Association wrote a Facebook status stating that 2017 was the department’s busiest year. The association said that Eastpointe firefighters responded to 5,054 calls, which made it the busiest year in the department’s 96-year history.

According to the department, 143 incidents were classified as fires. The department dealt with 49 building and structure fires, and others were classified as cooking fires that didn’t spread or stayed confined to the container. 

There were 19 vehicle fires and 24 dumpster and outside trash fires. 

Within the 143 fires, there were some outside fires involving small vegetation. 

As far as medical calls, there were a total of 3,538 calls for such things as chest pains, heart attacks and strokes, according to the department. 

Included in the 3,538 calls were car accidents involving injuries. There were 82 of those. 

“We had another 48 car accidents where we responded to and checked people out, and there was no proof of injuries,” said Eastpointe Fire Battalion Chief Lawrence Pokropowicz.

The department had 20 vehicle-pedestrian crashes, which involved people being hit by a car or bike. 

Eastpointe firefighters had 236 incidents classified as hazardous conditions, such as gas leaks and downed power lines. 

If someone fell within the community and they needed assistance getting up, it would be classified as a service call. The department went on 460 of these calls. 

In 2017, the department responded to 211 false alarms. 

“A lot of the fires, we have a mutual agreement with the surrounding communities, like Roseville and St. Clair Shores. They respond on our fires and we respond on their fires to help each other out. We’re doing the best that we can, and we enjoy serving the residents of the city,” said Pokropowicz. 

 

Roseville

Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland said the department has seen continued increases over the past five years in calls for service.

“For us right now, we have the same amount of staffing that we had at the same time period from 2013. That means the department has had to take more volume of calls. Right now, we’ve tried to become as efficient as we can with calls,” said Holland.

Holland also believes the increase in Roseville’s call volume has to do with lots of people traveling through the city. 

“We think in Roseville the increase has something to do with the economy, and with the increase of people traveling through Roseville,” he said. “We’re trying to do things to decrease the call volumes, like having conversations with residents on noncritical emergencies. We’ve been trying to educate the public on when and when not to call 911.”  

Holland said the department is “making efforts to add a full-time ambulance in the near future.” 

In 2017, the Roseville Fire Department had a total of 7,924 calls. 

Like Eastpointe, the majority of Roseville’s calls went toward medical emergencies, auto accidents and rescues — 6,841 calls. 

There were 174 calls classified as fires and explosions within the city’s 9.8 square miles. 

As for power lines or wires down, hazardous conditions and hazardous materials incidents, Roseville had 176 calls. 

In terms of other service calls, false alarms or calls with good intent that weren’t emergencies, there were 733 such calls. 

The department provided the Eastsider with call volume numbers within the last five years.

The department was averaging about 17.49 emergency calls per day in 2013, with a total of 6,383 calls.

In 2014, firefighters saw an average of 18.53 emergency calls per day, with a total of 6,764 calls for the year. That total increased its calls by 381 compared to 2013. 

In 2015, the department’s calls for the year rose by 327, for a total of 7,091. The department averaged 19.43 emergency calls per day.

The call numbers continued to rise in 2016, with an increase of 362. There were an average of 20.42 emergency calls per day and a total of 7,453 calls for the year.