Redding Professional Firefighter Facts and Stats

Each suppression division employee scheduled to work 2,912 hours per year (24hr shifts). This is 40% more hours than the typical work week. This is also no factoring in the additional hours worked due to large incidents. The hourly rate is 40% less than the 40-hour equivalent. No guaranteed holidays or weekends off work.

 Annual Incident Call Volume           Annual Fire Call Volume            Incident Break Down 
2013 – 12,007 2013 – 527 5% Fire response
2014 – 12,456 2014 – 468 62% Medical response
2015 – 12,863 2015 – 476 29% Public service
2016 – 13,396 2016 – 418 5% Hazard Condition
2017 – 14,282 2017 – 454

*Call volume in 2007 11,511 2007 – 2017 24% increase in call volume

Fires Per 1,000 residents – US average:2.99 Redding:5.10

Approximately 39% of the total average protected by the RFD (15,876 acres or 24.8 sq. mi.) is identified as Very High Fire Severity Zone.

Currently 5 of the 8 engines staffed with only 2 personnel even though 94.3% of California communities with a population of 50,000-99,999 reported staffing their engines with three (3) or more career firefighters assigned to each engine.

Staffing challenges of the past…..and present

1984: 3,426 call;  47,000 population with 1.14 firefighters per 1,000 residents

2017: 14,277 calls;  90,000 population with 0.77 firefighters per 1,000 residents