Successes snags in VFDs race against clock

first_imgclick to enlarge An annual report on response times from the Vancouver Fire Department found that the agency struggled to hit its targets in 2018, despite major investments in two new stations.However, the data show that last year’s relocation of Fire Station 1 to the Uptown neighborhood on Main Street and Fire Station 2 to Norris Road did slightly speed up responses compared with the year prior.In a report to the Vancouver City Council, Fire Chief Joe Molina said the slow response times came down to travel — as the city’s population continues to boom, its arterial roads become increasingly clogged with traffic, making it difficult to reach a scene within eight minutes.“It’s nothing to panic about, but we are experiencing a new normal in terms of our response times,” Molina said. “Our turnout time — time from alarm to when we’re en route — is very stable.”The fire department measures success by being able to make it to at least 90 percent of emergency calls in less than eight minutes. The clock starts when the call reaches the station, and it ends when the last responding fire truck pulls up to the scene.last_img

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