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Secrets of Fire Truck Society - Slides for Ignite Strata 2013
• Medic and Aid
• Ladder trucks
• Battalion Chiefs
Secret: Fire trucks hang out with the downtrodden
4,580 King Co Jail
3,780 Union Gospel Mission
3,499 DESC Shelter
2,723 DESC Morrison
2,697 Frye Apartments
2,597 Noel House
2,367 SHA Jefferson Terrace
2,313 Four Freedoms House
2,172 Mt St Vincent Retirement
2,099 Harbor House
Secret: More than 75% of
incidents are medical not fires
Type # of Incidents
Aid Response 341k
Medic Response 159k
Auto Fire Alarm 47k
Motor Vehicle Accident 23k
Aid Response Yellow 15k
Auto Fire Alarm Resd 13k
Medic Response 7 Per Rule 10k
Secret: Fire Trucks Like the Nightlife
12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
AM PM PM
Avg # Of Trucks at my Check-ins 12
0.08 0.09 0.1 0.11 0.12 0.13
• Changes over time?
• Why are there no “cat stuck in tree” incidents in
• Investigate other secrets:
– Police cars
– Garbage trucks
– Stuffed hippos*
* My daughter suggested this one
• More info in blog post on joelgrus.com
• Code is on github.com/joelgrus
• Data is not posted but am glad to share if you ask nicely
• Will be around for rest of Strata, so come say “hi”
• Check out VoloMetrix, we do sort of similar stuff (for companies, not fire trucks)
• Follow me on Twitter: @joelgrus
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