"These short topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in USFA's [United States Fire Administration] National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information." This report focuses on fire department overall run profiles. Findings from this report are: 1) Less than 10% of fire department runs are fires. 2) Over half of calls to fire departments require emergency medical service. 3) Approximately 11% of runs involve mutual or automatic aid. 4) Wireless telecommunication technologies create challenges for emergency dispatchers."
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (December 2007), v.7 no.4