Rapid City firefighters staying busy in 2022

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A frigid start to the new year has been keeping Rapid City firefighters busy.

“Last year was record call-volume year for us, and this year’s starting out kind of along that same path,” Division Chief of Fire Operations Brian Povandra said.

Crews responded to over 21,000 calls in 2021, an increase from more than 19,000 made in 2020.

So far in 2022, they have responded to roughly one fire every day.

Crews examine a vehicle after extinguishing a fireFirefighters have not reported any similarities in the fires, which have been either a car or a home.

As residents rely more on their heaters this time of year to stay warm, they are reminding people to make sure their HVAC systems are checked at least once a year.

“Same thing with your vehicle. Making sure your vehicle is maintained and in a state of readiness is important,” Povandra explained. “Especially when we get to these cold temperatures and the strain that that puts on the mechanical equipment.”

And while, according the department, things are looking similar to the beginning of last year, fire officials are not looking into this situation as a sign of what may be to come.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a prediction on what’s going to happen for the year,” he began. “But it is kind of strange for us to be that busy with structure fires and vehicle fires in that short a time frame.”

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