Cheyenne Fire Rescue saw an increase of about 500 calls last year compared to 2017, according to spokesman Scott Smith.

The Department responded to 8,642 calls last year, compared to 8,140 in 2017, according to Smith. He says the exact reason for the increase is not clear, but he notes the fact that the local population is thought to be growing may well be a factor, as well as a random statistical fluctuation from year to year.

He also notes that since Cheyenne is located on two major interstates, travelers may contribute to the overall numbers. It's also worth noting that about 70 percent of the calls the department responds to are emergency medical calls.

Firefighters did, however, get called to 128 fires in 2018, a ratio of roughly one every three days on average.

Some of the other highlights of the 2018 Fire Rescue report include:

Report highlights:

  • Responded to 6,190 emergency medical services calls
  • Station 1, 716 W. 19th Street, was the busiest station by responding to 3,136 calls
  • Responded to 128 fires
  • Conducted 1,405 inspections
  • Reviewed 392 building plans
  • Conducted more than 5,500 hours in fire emergency and medical services emergency training

Cheyenne Fire Rescue had many accomplishments in 2018, said Hoggatt, Chief of Cheyenne Fire Rescue. “These achievements would not have been possible without the support of the men and women of Cheyenne Fire Rescue. All this couldn’t have been done without the support of Mayor Marian Orr and the Cheyenne City Council.”
Accomplishment highlights:

  • A new Engine 2 was placed into service in the spring
  • Purchase of much-needed fire supply hose
  • Evaluation and purchase of new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

The full report can be found here.