August 6, 2018
Engine 19 in Arlington was busiest in 2017.
Engine 19

FDNY, Chicago, Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, and Houston are the five busiest departments in the country, according to Firehouse Magazine’s annual run survey. New York responded to 1,525,260 calls in 2017, Chicago reported 894,237, Los Angeles’ county and city departments combined for 887,302, and Houston had 341,722 calls.

JFRD’s 155,349 calls for service last year moved our national ranking to 16th busiest in 2017, compared to 18th in 2016 with 142,889 calls. Other Florida departments in the top 25 busiest include Miami-Dade County with 261,054 runs, Palm Beach County with 139,947 runs and Orange County with 122,412 runs.

The survey also records busiest response units, and JFRD’s Engine 19, based in Arlington, ranked 29th nationwide with 4,947 calls for service. San Francisco, California’s Engine 3 was busiest nationally with 10,892 runs. Florida’s busiest engine is Engine 51 in Orange County. It had 6,264 runs in 2017, according to Firehouse Magazine.