Evanston’s Fire Department recorded its busiest year ever in 2012, responding to a total of 9,330 calls.

The number of calls topped the 9,000 mark for the first time in 2011.

The 5,824 ambulance calls was up substantially from the 5,467 recorded in 2011.

The 3,506 fire calls was the fourth highest yearly total on record but was down somewhat from the previous year. The largest number of fire calls — 3,727 — was recorded in 2008.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber, in the department’s annual report, says thre were 154 fires in the city last year that caused just under $832,000 in estimated property damage. That’s the lowest estimated fire loss total since 1992.

Fire and ambulance calls in 2012 by census tract.

Among the year’s highlights, Klaiber said, was an agreement with Skokie to share use of the village’s fire training facility and creation of a new physical fitness program that reduced on the job injuries and workers compensation claims.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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