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In 2017, the Melbourne Fire Department responded to 17,901 incidents, an average of 49 request for service each day.  Rescues/emergency medical response were the most common incidents. A breakdown by incident type follows:

  • Rescue: 78%
  • Hazardous Conditions: 1%
  • Fire: 2%
  • Public Assist: 13%
  • False Alarms: 4%
  • Mutual Aid: 2% (mutual aid may be given on any type of call outside the City)


Fire Loss Per Capita

Melbourne Fire Department staffs eight fire stations. These stations are strategically located through the City allowing for a quicker response by crews to mitigate property loss by fire. In 2017, property loss per capita was $20.67. For the reporting year 2016, the City of Melbourne had a property loss per capita of $15.98, the nationwide property loss per capita was $32.84 (provided by the National Fire Protection Association), and the statewide property loss per capita was $20.03 (provided by the State Fire Marshal’s office). Property loss per capita can dramatically change each year because of a large loss fire.