Duluth Fire Department Shares 2019 Accomplishments from Annual Report

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 19, 2020 10:29 PM

The Duluth Fire Department does a lot to keep the community safe every day. They track their rescue efforts with an annual run report. They recently shared what 2019 looked like for them in emergency response efforts.


Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said 2019 was a good year for the fire department. He said their big accomplishment is having no fire deaths in 2019.

He credits that to the awareness and education efforts the fire prevention and life safety division does.

Krizaj said they had an increase in 911 calls in 2019. There were a total of 13,698 calls made. It went up approximately 500 calls from 2018.

Krizaj added that it's been a trend they've noticed increase due to a nubmer of reasons, including people feeling more comfortable asking for help during emergencies.

Structure fire numbers have been consistent over the years, with about 230 to 290 reported per year.

There was one firefighter injury, which was from the synagogue fire in 2019. Krizaj said the firefighter is still recovering from his injuries.

All in all though, Krizaj is proud of the fire department's accomplishments and wants to keep it up.

"We have not had a fire death since 2017, that's attributed to a lot of things on our operation side. We do have very quick and rapid response and aggressive interior fire response. We train a lot on how to get people out of buildings," said Krizaj.

Krizaj said keeping up to date with response efforts by doing training is important in keeping that fast response going during emergencies. He said this year they'll work on that by doing live fire training thanks to a grant they got from Advanced Minnesota. Krizaj said that training will happen in the spring.


Alejandra Palacios

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