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Springfield FD responds to 520 fires in 2016

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By Local Labs News Service | Sep 21, 2017

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Springfield Fire Department responded to 572 calls in 2016, according to data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System obtained by the Sangamon Sun.

The calls in Springfield included 520 fires - 232 structure fires, 70 vehicle fires and 201 other fires. The fire department also responded to 17 calls for ruptures, explosions or overheating.

In all, the department saw $4,471,140 in fire loss - or about $8,598 per fire.

The department also received two false calls, including 50 malicious calls and 2 other false calls.

The calls resulted in 25 civilian fire-related injuries and two civilian fire-related deaths. Additionally, 11 fire service members were injured in fire-related incidents and 12 were injured in non fire-related incidents.

The Springfield Firefighter's Pension Fund, which has 217 active employees and 242 retired or inactive employees, was $19,371,793 in debt as of February 2016, according to the fund's mandated filings with the Illinois Department of Insurance. That amounts to $37,253 for every fire in 2016.

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