Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Rochester Firefighters responded to the most calls in the 157-year history of the department last year.

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The fire department included a breakdown of its calls in its monthly media blast released on Monday. The data indicates the fire department responded to nearly 1,100 more calls in 2022 than the previous year. 

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The fire department tallied 12,147 calls for service last year. Officials say it’s the first time ever that figure has topped 12,000. 

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The call category that saw the largest increase was rescue/EMS calls, which jumped by 700 in 2022 compared to 2021. 8,102 rescues/EMS calls came in last year, the highest of all call categories. 

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Firefighters responded to 227 fires last year, down from 234 in 2021. Hazmat and hazardous response calls dropped from 143 in 2021 to 107 in 2022 and mutual aid/assist/other calls went up from 3280 in 2021 to 3,711 last year.

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