The Los Angeles County Fire Department saw an 8.8 percent increase in the total number of incidents handled from 2013 to 2014, according to data from the Department’s 2014 Statistical Summary.
Emergency medical services-related incidents rose 12.8 percent in the same time period, with personnel responding to 277,122 EMS-related incidents in 2014 versus 245,552 incidents in 2013 and 229,633 incidents in 2012.
Over the same period, the Department saw a 2 percent increase in the total number of fire incidents it responded to, from 7,908 in 2013 to 8,080 in 2014, and a nearly 24 percent decrease in the number of false alarms, from 32,372 in 2013 to 24,688 in 2014.
Seventy-three percent of incidents were EMS-related, compared to fire-related incidents, which comprised only 2 percent of the total. False alarms accounted for 11 percent of incidents, and miscellaneous incidents—including mutual aid and Haz-Mat assignments—accounted for 14 percent.
Covering 2,305 square miles, the Department serves 4 million residents in 1.2 million housing units. It covers all unincorporated areas and 57 cities in Los Angeles County cities, as well as one city in Orange County.
Top photo: Paramedics-in-training from the Los Angeles County Fire Department participate in a mass-casualty incident simulation on March 5, 2015. EMS incidents account for about 73 percent of all incidents the Department handles. Photo by Nicole Mooradian.