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Fire and Medical Facts

An entire room can be consumed by fire in 3 minutes

Every minute you are in cardiac arrest, your chance of survival decreases by 10%

On average, 7 people die in U.S home fires everyday

After 3 minutes without oxygen, the brain can suffer irreplaceable damage and after 5 minutes, death is almost certain


Studies show that Arizona children drown at nearly 2 times the national rate

Standards and Averages

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Standard recommends a 

4 minute emergency response travel time, 90% of the time

The NFPA Standard recommends that the first unit should arrive within

7 minutes of dispatch being alerted of an incident, 90% of the time

In the United States, cities with a population of over 10,000 average 167 full-time firefighters per 100,000 people

City of Surprise Facts

The City of Surprise has an estimated population of 139,000


The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) currently has 120 full-time employees and 7 Fire Stations

We are on pace to respond to

nearly 18,000 calls in 2019


SFMD experienced a 12% increase in fire calls between 2015 and 2018

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