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Due to increased demand for services, Fire District 1 has recently implemented a fee structure for services provided to industrial facilities, for inspections and other non-emergency services. The number of emergency calls has also been increasing at a steady pace over recent years. In 2014, FD1 ran 2,200 total calls. In 2015, they had 2,322 runs and in 2016 that increased to 2,534. Response times for calls to Gardner, Edgerton and New Century, where stations are located, are all under 4 minutes. Response to rural county areas was 6+ minutes. Response time is measured from the time a call is received to the arrival of the first responder on the scene. Rob Kirk, FD1 fire chief, is proud of those response times and says they are better than nationwide averages.