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FRAMINGHAM – 2021 was the Framingham Fire Department’s busiest year, said Chief Michael Dutcher.

The Framingham Fire Department responded to 12,507 calls for emergency services.

That averages to about 34 calls per day, over the year.

That is up from 11,234 responses in 2020.

Firefighters extinguished 529 fires, said Chief Dutcher, including “26 significant building fires.”

Of the 529 fires, the “vast majority” were cooking fires – 393 of them.

The Fire department responded to 8,912 medical calls, said Chief Dutcher, including more than “500 motor vehicle crashes.”

“The remainder of the calls were for fire alarm system activation or false calls, good intent calls, general service calls and weather related calls,” said Chief Dutcher.

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During 2021, the City of Framingham’s Fire Prevention Division conducted more than 2,100 fire prevention activities. 

“This includes smoke detection inspections upon sale/transfer of an occupancy, plans review, occupancy inspections of restaurants and fire alarm & sprinkler system installations,” explained Chief Dutcher.

“All this was done during the COVID pandemic,” said Chief Dutcher.

“Protecting our community is an honor and a privilege. The members of the Framingham Fire Department did it with professionalism and with world class effort,” said Chief Dutcher. “I am lucky to be the head of this great department but it is the boots on the street, the women and men of this department that deliver the great service, day in and day out.”

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.