Staffing to serve: DeKalb Fire Department’s 2022 data shows response calls steady under new chief

DeKalb Fire Department’s annual report highlights where the department has been and where it’s headed.

DeKalb firefighters chat in the apparatus bay Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Fire Station 3 in DeKalb.

“Hiring is a daunting task because of the retirements and fewer people to pull from to get in this career. But our hires have been fantastic. Their training is going well.”

—  Mike Thomas, DeKalb fire chief
DeKalb Fire Chief Mike Thomas gives an update to the DeKalb City Council at its May 8, 2023 meeting.