Wylie Fire-Rescue saw an increase in the number of calls in 2021 — a total of 7,336 calls, a 23.30% increase from the 5,953 calls the department received in 2020.
Fire Chief Brandon Blythe said much of the increase can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When it first started, people were told, ‘Don’t go to the hospital, stay home,’” Blythe said. “So, our call volume was somewhat down [in 2020].
According to data provided by WF-R, 5,820 of the calls were reported to the National Fire Incented Reporting System, a voluntary system fire departments use to record the full range of their activities. These calls include emergency medical services, severe weather and fires.
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