More To The Story: Fire Department Anniversary

Dave Staley looks at how much work a 150th anniversary can create

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Firefighters do what they do. And a whole lot more than that. The Chattanooga Fire Department is right there with all of their peers. Maybe moreso.

CFD celebrated its 150th anniversary by going non-stop. In layman’s terms…..there was no shortage of work.

“2021 was a very busy year for the Chattanooga Fire Department. Answering well over 23-thousand calls. Fire Chief Phil Hyman says that’s no surprise, as that number will almost certainly rise in the years to come.”

“Typically, around the holiday season, things usually die down. But that was not the case this year. I feel over the next few years, our volume will increase with our city’s growth.”

CFD’s call volume was up considerably from 2020, making 2021 one of the busier years on record.
Not only fighting fires, but making non-emergency calls, EMS calls, extrication calls…plus all of the investigation work.
One stat that stands out for 2021: CFD calculates it saved over $522 million in property from fire damage.

“In the years past, we’ve done fire loss reports. We feel the fire saved number is a more important story to tell. We do document fire loss, but knowing what we saved really legitimizes our business.”

Hyman says a firefighter, like so many other professionals, is more educated, skilled and trained these days than ever before. He and she are now problem solvers as well.

They have to be….because their work… never done.
Dave Staley, News 12 Now >

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