By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information and Education Officer.
Demand is highest at Station 76 in Mill Creek.
Snohomish County Fire District 7 reports calls volumes year-to-date are 15.38% higher than the same time last year.
Fire District 7 is predicting a record high of 6,804 calls by the end of the year, which would reflect a 14.5% increase overall.
The busiest station is located in the City of Mill Creek, which contracts with Fire District 7 for fire and emergency medical service.
Station 76 has responded 2,335 times, or to 45.7% of all emergencies year-to-date. In 2015, those numbers for the year were 2,698 and 45.4% respectively.
The second busiest station is located at 180th Street SE in Fernwood and primarily responds to Mays Pond and Mill Creek. Station 72 has responded 1,286 times, or 25.2% of all emergencies year-to-date. In 2015, the Fernwood Station responded 1,952 times in a year or 32.9% of all calls.
The total number of calls is less than the station responses because multiple units are responding. In addition, emergency response units often respond to calls in other areas of the fire district as back-to-back calls occur.
For example, stations in the unincorporated areas of Fire District 7 responded to 1,866 calls within the city limits of Mill Creek in 2015, or 31.4% of all calls. However, the total number of station responses inside the city limits was 2,924. This means that other emergency personnel from fire stations in the district were needed to respond into the city during emergencies 56.7% of the time*.
On the other hand, Station 76 in the city limits of Mill Creek responded to 506 calls within Fire District 7, or just 12.4% of the time. Assistant Chief Eric Andrews says that’s why it is important to have adequate resources serving all parts of the district.
“If you cut personnel in one area, that drains the resources of stations in other areas of the fire district,” he said.
“We work hard to make sure that there is a balance system-wide to provide the best emergency response possible.”
Snohomish County Fire District 7 provides fire and life safety services to 110,000 people over 98.5 square miles in central and east Snohomish County, including the communities of Monroe, Maltby, Clearview and Mill Creek.
Fire District 7 taxpayers have built the most advanced emergency response system in Snohomish County with highly trained personnel, facilities, apparatus, and rescue programs.