first_imgVancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina released the department’s 2010 performance statistics Monday. Here are a few key figures:Number of calls in 2010: 23,113.Number of medical calls: 18,811, or 78 percent of total call volume.Structure fire calls: 224.Percentage of urban/city calls answered within 5 minutes: 49 percent (down from 71 percent in 2009).Vancouver Fire-Arson Team arrest and conviction rate: 51 percent (up from 21.4 percent in 2009).Overtime costs: $1.33 million (down from $2.38 million in 2009).Last year was a “dynamic” one for the Vancouver Fire Department, its new chief said Monday as he released a snapshot of the department’s 2010 performance.Response times went up, while overtime costs went down. Two fast-response rescue units were pulled from duty, while a new station opened its doors.Arson convictions were nearly four times higher than the national average in 2010. Overtime costs dropped by 44 percent, but 24 firefighters and 11.5 full-time administrative staff are no longer working there.Facing budget cuts, Vancouver eliminated its two medical response-only units, which, along with a change in calculating response time, dropped the percentage of urban calls answered within 5 minutes from 71 percent in 2009 to 49 percent in 2010.“It was a very dynamic year,” Fire Chief Joe Molina told the Vancouver City Council on Monday night. “Rescue 3 (one of the medical response-only units) had a huge impact because Station 3 (in Vancouver Heights) is our busiest in the system.”last_img