The COVID-19 pandemic affected the CVFD call volume for 2020. Calls for assistance, mostly medical calls, were off in comparison to previous years. One factor seemed to be that folks were a little apprehensive to go to the ER due to the corona virus. There was also a decision that fire department first responders were not dispatched to calls that were deemed high probability for COVID-19, with Dare County EMS taking the lead in response. Firefighters were called in on acute medical incidents, but in a reduced capacity. Protecting firefighters was a department priority so we could continue our core mission of fire protection. 2021 call volume seems to be back on track.
Firefighters responded to 601 calls for service. There were 220 fire calls and 381 medical first responder calls. The previous record for incidents was in 2018, when the department responded to 783 calls.