Dispatch calls down 1 percent, fire calls up 29
Fewer people in La Crosse County called 9-1-1 dispatch last year, compared to the year before, but the fire dept. is busy.
The volume for 9-1-1 calls is down about one percent, according to the head of emergency services, Jay Loeffler, but he told the city-county joint committee that local firefighting calls went up 29 percent in the last year. That works out to about seven calls to the fire dept. a day.
Loeffler can’t prove it, but he thinks the smartphone has helped reduce the use of the 9-1-1 service in recent years. He added the dispatch crew is working on ways to accept more texts in case of emergency.
The center gets about 28,000 calls a year – 700 a day – but only 10 percent of those are actual emergencies.