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LAFD to Begin Posting Response Times Online

The Los Angeles Fire Department recently started using a program to improve response times.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has begun testing its FireStatLA program over the past few months as part of an effort to use technology to improve response times, a deputy fire chief said Wednesday.

Fire captains at a handful of stations have been given access to data on response times for the first time through FIRESTAT, which is modeled on the Los Angeles Police Department's COMPSTAT. The software allows the fire department to integrate existing response-time data into a more understandable format.

"The initial reception has been well received. It's the first time many of our field commands have seen the data and it allows the department to focus on what the fire chief is focused on, which is improving response times," LAFD's Deputy Chief Mario Rueda told Video News West after giving a report to the Los Angeles Fire Commission on the program.

Garcetti announced his support for the FireStatLA program during his state of the city speech in April. FireStatLA will be formally introduced by the mayor next week.

There are plans to post response time data on the LAFD website, according to Peter Sanders, a spokesman for the department.

"(FireStatLA) is in a continual state of refinement and evaluation," Sanders said.

The department is also planning to follow-up on the testing sites over the next four months.

—City News Service

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