Beaver Dam Fire Department Has Near-Record Setting Year

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department had its second-highest-ever call volume in 2018. There were 2874 total calls last year, 162 more than the previous year. In 2016, Beaver Dam reported its highest year with 2909 service calls.

There were 341 fire calls last year up from 328 in 2017. Again, 2016 had the highest number of fire calls with 357.

Emergency Medical Service calls totaled 1975, which is 15 more than the previous year. In both 2015 and 2016, there were over 2000 EMS calls.

There was also a small decrease in paramedic intercepts, which is when Beaver Dam meets ambulances from outlying communities to provide a higher level of care in emergency situations. Still, the 145 intercepts were the third highest  since Beaver Dam became a paramedic-level department nearly a decade ago.

Finally, inter-facility transports were up sharply from recent years. The program generates revenue for the city by transporting patients between hospitals during non-emergency situations when personnel are available. There were 413 inter-facility transports last year, up from 272 the previous year. The highest numbers of transports occurred in the programs initial three years when over 500 were reported.