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In 2012, the Hinsdale Fire Department responded to 2,472 calls for assistance that are divided into three (3) basic categories as follows:

Fire Calls (includes all types of fires, activated fire alarms, and smoke reports) 997 calls 40%
Ambulance Calls (includes all types of ambulance calls, vehicle accidents, and patient assist calls) 1053 calls 43%
Emergency Responses (includes all responses to hazardous conditions, rescue calls, extrications, and service calls) 422 calls 17%

Responding to these many calls equals almost one call every 3 1/2 hours (almost seven calls in a 24-hour period). Because of this volume of calls, an important note is that while the firefighters averaged a call every three or so hours, emergencies are not scheduled and often calls are received when others are already in progress. In 2012, there were 476 simultaneous calls. This means that of all the calls, almost 20% of the calls were received while we were already out on an emergency call. Emergency crews were delayed by a train while responding to an emergency call 67 times last year.