RCFD releases 2021 call statistics

RAPID CITY, S.D. – For a place as big as Rapid City, Rapid City Fire Department Fire Chief Jason Culberson places an average amount of calls around 12,000. Over the 365 days of 2021, the RCFD responded to more than 21,0000 calls, a record high.

Rcfd RenovationAccording to the numbers from 2020, that’s a 10 percent increase in call volume compared to 2020. Only 1,500 of the calls were for fires or potential fires, and around 16,000 being medical-related.

For 2022, RCFD is forecasting and preparing for another increase in calls with multiple factors at play.

“Looking at it and knowing that we’re still having this increase in population, knowing that the B-21, we haven’t even started a lot of that construction. And knowing that these subdivisions are being built,” Culberson explained. “I would say probably a 10 percent increase this year again.”

And with potentially increasing call volumes, the fire department is always making sure to be prepared.

“Those are the things that we are planning for every year,” he said. “Trying to make sure we have enough staff, enough equipment, enough vehicles in order to provide the service to the community.”

2021 was also a record year for wildland fires, with crews responding to almost 100.

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