Vancouver’s fire department had an extremely busy year in 2022, as their chief said the service responded to more than 65,000 calls throughout the year.
The thousands of calls was an 18 per cent jump from 2019 pre-pandemic call volumes.
Firefighters responded to nearly 7,000 overdose calls. By mid-2022, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services had to cut back on the types of medical calls it was responding to.
“Despite that, we still saw an increase in calls,” Vancouver fire chief Karen Fry said.
“So those higher acuity calls, such as cardiac arrests and overdoses, we still continue to see an increase in these types of incidents.”