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Announcing: 2018 ESO Fire Trends Report Now Available

ESO Staff

Earlier this year, we explored four predictions we believed would have the biggest impact on fire departments in 2018. Among those predictions, visibility and accessibility to data was highlighted as essential – and we’re seeing that play out. Data and proper data analysis enable quicker responses and smarter decisions about lead indicators for certain types of fires, injuries and illnesses. So ESO is launching the inaugural 2018 ESO Fire Trends Report.

The Report looks at key trends across fire departments nationwide, including the number of EMS calls versus fire-related calls, first apparatus turnout time and travel time, the most common property types visited and estimated property loss. Data used for the Report are from January 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018 and come from ESO’s systems. The key trends identified are:

  • Fire departments, by and large, respond to more EMS calls than Fire calls.

Based on the dataset, EMS calls accounted for more than 60 percent of all calls, while fire calls accounted for less than 30 percent of all calls.

  • First apparatus turnout time and travel time look positive.

On average, first apparatus turnout time was clocking in at 1 minute and 11 seconds, while typical travel time is 4 minutes and 41 seconds.

  • Family dwellings are the most common property type.

One or two-family dwelling structures accounted for 37 percent of all calls, while multifamily dwelling properties accounted for 14 percent of all calls. For fire-specific calls, building fires were the most common type of call.

  • And advanced or basic life support was the most common response.

Twenty-two (22) percent of all calls were for Basic Life Support; 18 percent were for Advanced Life Support. The next closest response is simply an investigation at 9 percent.  

  • While, in aggregate, one or two-family dwellings represented the largest financial loss, construction sites and other industrial facilities account for the largest loss per individual property.

One or two-family dwellings represented more than $66M in property loss. Construction sites accounted for more than $12M in loss, averaging $50,000 in loss per property.

The purpose of this Report is to help fire departments identify which areas are in alignment and which areas represent opportunity for further evaluation or improvement. Bottom line, the use of data to make more informed decisions is transforming, and will continue to transform, fire departments as they look to serve their communities. Download the 2018 ESO Fire Trends Report today to start evaluating your fire department today.

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