HALES CORNERS - The Hales Corners Fire Department (HCFD) received roughly 13 percent more calls in 2016 than it did in 2015, responding to a total of 158 more calls.
According to HCFD Chief Mike Jankowski, most of those calls were related to emergency medical services (EMS). August was the busiest, with the largest number of EMS requests called in during that month.
The increase was not connected to any one incident, he noted.
In total, the department responded to 1,217 calls in 2016, which includes every kind of call the department receives. For example, the HCFD responds to every motor vehicle accident in the area.
"We're responding to those just for a safer environment," Jankowski said. The department even responds to accidents in Greendale, as having two ambulances for transport can be helpful.
Some of the increased calls could be related to the fact that Greendale and Hales Corners both respond to calls in the other village.
"Some of the increase does relate to the shared responses that we're doing with Greendale. When they have units out, or when we have units out, we're (both) responding," Jankowski said. "I don't think it's a significant difference, but some of that (increase) does relate to the shared responses."
The two villages are continually becoming closer partners in emergency responses. In 2016, the two departments started working together to share a paramedic license, and, more recently, they merged their dispatch services.
This increase in calls does not affect the budget, according to Jankowski.
The HCFD has had a small increase in the number of calls each year since 2013. Since 2010, the deviation in calls from year to year has been less than 100, with only a 14-call difference from 2014 to 2015.