According to the Star Tribune, from 1999 to 2009, the department had an 8.7 percent drop in service calls. Meanwhile, from 2003 to 2009, calls went up 17 percent throughout the county.
Fire Chief Nyle Zikmund credits this to the department's many years and wide range of fire prevention work.
"Volumes of evidence says [fire] suppression is a failed response," said Zikmund in an interview with the Star Tribune. "It's the extreme case that suppression actually makes a difference. You don't abandon suppression, but we recognize if we really want to make a difference, we've got to make an investment ... into prevention."