Springfield Fire Department responded to 16,000+ calls in 2016

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The number of calls for service to the Springfield Fire Department went over 16,000 in 2016. That's another record.

The Springfield Fire Department responded to 16,301 calls in 2016, up from 15,961 in 2015. Fire calls were also up slightly in 2016. The department released its annual report on Thursday.

"The annual report includes many highlights from 2016, including efforts the Department is making to continue to provide excellent service, despite a growing number of emergency calls," said Interim Chief David Pennington.

Also highlighted in the publication are the most common causes of residential fires, efforts to reduce fire deaths in the community, the Department's contributions to the Zone Blitz, and more.

"While there was plenty to be proud of in 2016, it was also a year of transition," said Pennington. "The Department faces numerous challenges in the coming years and we look forward to working with our city leaders and the entire community to find solutions."

You can read the entire annual reporthere on the city's website.