Since the Fire Chief’s Mike Figliola’s report to city council on October 26th, 2015, the numbers and stats that have been thrown around have been skewed and misinterpreted.
His report to council was “by contrast, Fire Services calls involving actual property fires are down 80% over the period of 1984-2014 and currently represent just 3-4% of the roughly 2,500 emergency calls dispatched annually, or approximately 1-2 per week in 2014.”
This is actually quite false.
There were 1,049 fire calls in 1984 resulting in almost $2.5-Million in damages or $23.42 per capita.
In 2014 those fire calls were up, to 2,616. Now Chief Figliola’s report doesn’t show the cost to the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie but the 2013 report does.
$4,304,525 in losses to the city due to fires or $57.26 per capita.
That’s a 150 per cent increase in fire calls and a fire loss or damage increase of $1,827,034.
That’s a cost to the taxpayers of more than double.
Here are some images from various fire reports to city council as posted on their website:
And as far as fire rescues we are only down 3 from 130 rescues in 2014. And property fires are actually higher in 2015. Here are a couple more images to show it:
2014 response types:
Note: The October 2015 closed-door meeting with city council and the Fire Chief that SaultOnline.com posted in its entirety, was objected to by persons or entities unknown, directly to YouTube to be removed. It was kept on the site after information concerning its freedom of information, and how that act was used to obtain the video.
You can watch it again here.