LAFD working on system to improve time - Los Angeles
Systems may reduce response time by up to a minute or more.
The LA Fire Department (LAFD) is working on plans to improve response times to 911 calls. The department has faced criticism over long response times and is evaluating measures to reduce them.
Improving response time is critical to saving property and lives.
Nearly a minute of response time is spent up front with the gathering of equipment and getting into emergency vehicles.
Programs that are being tested now involve altering the LAFD as soon as a call is placed and setting firefighters in motion before they know where they need to go.
The programs aim to reduce by at least a minute the response time for the LAFD.
First responders would then be routed as they rolled out of their stations and onto the street.
In an unusual twist, made so because of the exclusive nature of some neighborhoods, the poor, densely populated areas of town can get first responders on scene in half the time as some of the closed, restricted upscale communities in the area.
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