How busy was the Rapid City Fire Department in 2022?

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RAPID CITY, S.D.– 2022 was a busy year for the Rapid City Fire Department, just slightly busier than the previous year. The RCFD says it responded to 21,494 service calls last year, nine more than in 2021. Most of the calls were for medical assistance and potential fires. The number of calls raises the question, can the department handle that volume of calls? RCFD Fire Chief Jason Culberson says, “No, we’ve hit that point. We’ve had some studies done in the past that kind of shows us based upon call volume and as our city grows on how we should be approaching that, and we’re at that point where we’re looking at needing to add more people.”

Rapid City Fire Department 2022 Statistics

The number of fire related injuries or deaths last year were low. One civilian death, four civilian injuries and only one injury to a firefighter. Jason Culberson says, “I think it’s a lot to do with our prevention division and how they’re pushing out the information for our community to stay safe and how they can work on those types of things to be safe in our community.”

RCFD 2022 Calls for Service:

Of the 119 building fires last year RCFD says 99% of property contents were saved an estimated $17.5 million worth with sprinklers playing a major role.

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