The 2022 Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services Annual Report is available online. Below are some highlights from the report:
- Total calls for service (Fire and EMS) for the seventh straight year have exceeded 4,000 calls (3,001 EMS and 1,126 Fire)
- 31% (1,271) of the calls were overlapping calls for service where both stations were responding to emergencies at the same time
- Overlapping calls for service have remained consistently in the 31-35% range for five years. As the city continues to grow so too will the opportunities for overlapping calls for service.
- 217 prevention inspections were completed in 2022
- 25 fire investigations were completed in 2022
- Three individuals participated in the Juvenile Fire Setter program
- Public education outreach hit its highest level in five years; a total of 4,253 individuals took part in 36 public education events
- On average each firefighter received 112 hours of training during the previous year
- Total fire loss for 2022 was $443,900, which is down 46% from 2021
- Two structure fires included fatalities
- There was a significant decrease in mutual aid calls in 2022; there were 162 requests for mutual aid in 2021 versus 34 in 2022.
In late 2022, an agreement was reached to purchase property on Campbell Road adjacent to the current city campus on Vandemark Road. The replacement for Station 2, which was found to be undersized as a part of a feasibility study, will be constructed on this parcel. In addition, the department returned to full staffing of 11 personnel per shift, a level that was last maintained in the late 2000s.