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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham’s Fire Department had the busiest year ever in 2022, said Fire Chief Michael Dutcher.

The department responded to 13,543 calls for emergency services, said Chief Dutcher.

The Framingham Fire Chief had called 2021 the department’s busiest year ever, with 12,507 calls.

The department saw an 8.2% increase in emergency calls from 2021 to 2022.

In 2022, the fire department responded to 642 fires, including 31 significant building fires, said Chief Dutcher.

The vast majority of the 642 fires were cooking fires – 428 of them or 67% of fires.

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The fire department responded to 9,100 medical calls or 67% of all calls.

The fire department responded to 591 motor vehicle crashes, which is more than 1.6 crashes a day.

The remainder of the department’s calls were for fire alarm system activation or false calls, good intent calls, general service calls and weather-related calls, said the Framingham Fire Chief.

Beyond the 13,543 calls in 2022, the City’s Fire Prevention Division conducted more than 3,700 fire prevention activities. 

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

The Framingham Fire department issued more than 4,200 fire permits and conducted 908 inspections for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in 2022. 

“As our call volume continues to increase in large numbers, year in and year out, I’d like to commend the men and women of the Framingham Fire Department for outstanding service on each and every one of those responses.  Assistant Chief Schultz and I are proud to be leading this outstanding group of professionals,” said Chief Dutcher to SOURCE.

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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.