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Q&A With Our Fire Department

Recently, I had the privilege of chatting with Fire Captain Brian Tanner. Our conversation shed light on the countless hours, immense dedication, and unwavering commitment our fire department pours into keeping our city safe.



1. Our Emergency Response in Numbers

  • I was curious about the volume of calls our department responded to in 2022. Captain Tanner informed me that they answered just shy of 7,300 calls, including both fire and medical emergencies.

2. Nature of the Calls

  • When asked about the most common type of call, Captain Tanner revealed that a significant 85% of calls are medical in nature. It’s heartening to know we have both a paramedic agency and fire department serving us.

3. Our Prompt Response Times

  • Understanding the importance of timely responses, I learned that our dispatch usually initiates a response within 90 seconds. Thanks to our strategically placed fire stations, our firefighters typically reach the scene within three to five minutes.

4. Manpower and Strategic Stationing

  • Captain Tanner shared the logistics: Provo boasts five fire stations placed thoughtfully across the city. This means about 19 dedicated personnel are always ready to spring into action. Their 48/96 hour work schedule ensures they're both productive at their jobs and present with their families.

5. What Sets Provo Apart

  • I wanted to understand how our fire department differentiates itself from others in Utah. Captain Tanner beamed with pride as he spoke about Provo being named the most productive city in America for three years running. The top-notch equipment, unwavering support from our city administration, and the trust instilled in our team make us stand out.

6. The Multifaceted Value Our Fire Department Offers

  • Captain Tanner painted a vivid picture of Provo's beautiful but challenging terrains - from majestic mountains to the heartwarming river that courses through our city. Our fire department boasts specialized teams trained for every conceivable scenario: swift water teams for river rescues, mountain rescue teams, hazardous materials teams, and a specialized response team, ensuring our safety in every situation.

7. Provo's Unmatched Safety Record

  • It’s a matter of immense pride for us to be recognized as the safest city in the nation. This accolade speaks volumes about the expertise, dedication, and hard work our fire department pours into their roles every day.

8. An Invitation to Our Future Firefighters

  • If you've ever considered joining the Provo Fire Department, Captain Tanner paints a picture of a family-oriented department where everyone is valued, opportunities for growth abound, and the city’s expansion promises even more prospects.

In wrapping up, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our fire department for their tireless efforts. Your dedication ensures that Provo continues to shine as a beacon of safety and productivity. Thank you for making our city a place we're proud to call home.

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