Natrona County Fire District sees fewer overall calls in 2021

Trucks sit at Natrona County Fire District Station 7.
Trucks sit at Natrona County Fire District Station 7.(Katie Reed)
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 6:19 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Natrona County Fire District released their total calls for 2021 and compared the numbers to previous years. Overall in 2021, the fire district received the lowest number of calls in five years.

“Firefighters like to go on calls, they like to go out and everything else, but that means that somebody’s in danger, or somebody’s hurt, or somebody’s affected in a negative way, but we see those lower, declining calls as a blessing,” said NCFD Firefighter Leighton Burgen.

NCFD has two stations and 18 full-time firefighters that respond to calls. The district has a fire response area of just over 5300 square miles.

In 2020, a change was made to the dispatch areas that account for a slight decline in run calls and will continue to affect the call numbers in the future.

The fire district was also dispatched to 20 “Off District” state and federal assignments that included COVID support and wildland fires.

“Whenever we go out on responses like that it really gives us good experience... As far as going out fighting federal fires gives us that experience to bring back here to be able to help the citizens here,” said Burgen.

The Natrona County Fire District says there is no way to predict what calls will look like for 2022.

2021 Run Totals from the NCFD and run totals back to 2016
2021 Run Totals from the NCFD and run totals back to 2016(Natrona County Fire District)

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