Study: Houston (TX) Fire Apparatus Sent on Thousands of Calls Suited for Ambulances

Students from Rice University were given data on emergency calls by the Houston Fire Department to help them better allocate calls, reports KHOU 11.


The students did an extensive analysis of 911 calls over the past several years and presented their findings to the Houston City Council.

The research found only 12 percent of HFD’s calls actually involve fires of the 30,000 emergency calls logged per year. The vast majority of the department’s calls are EMS events.

The research was able to find trends in the time of day when most 911 calls occurred. The study showed calls for help peaked in the middle of the day, then slowly decreased after rush hour traffic had ended.

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