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ECCFPD: Response Time Increases to 7:35 Minutes

 

With tonight’s ECCFPD Board meeting focusing heavily on the budget, here is the operational report from the staff report to the Board. Response times increased for the second straight month up another 25-seconds.

In reviewing the calls for service for the month of August there were a total of 509 calls with an average response time of 7.35 minutes Comparing this, in the month of June, the District ran 546 calls with an average response time of 7.10 minutes. The response times for the first six months of the year averaged for the District was 6:24 minutes for 3162 calls.

Looking at the response times for closed stations;

  • Station 54-downtown Brentwood, had 100 calls in the month of August with an average response time of 8.40 minutes. In July there were a total of 112 calls with an average response time of 6.56 minutes. For the six the first six months of the year there were 675 calls with an average response time of 5.23 minutes.
  •  Station 94- Knightsen, had 9 calls in the month of July with an average response time of 12.35 minutes. In July there were a total of 18 calls with an average response time of 11.15 minutes. For the first six months of the year there were 71 calls with an average response time of 8.05 minutes.
  • Station 95-Bethel Island had 30 calls in the month of August with an average response time of 13.40 minutes. In the month of July there were 26 calls with an average response time of 10.32 minutes. For the first six months of the year there were 574 calls with an average response time of 7.01 minutes.

In the month of August there were four significant incidents;

  1. On August 11, 2012 about 2:46 PM there was a structure fire in the 4200 block of Stone Road in Bethel Island. This incident was handled with a total of 5 engines and 2 Chief Officers. Two of the 5 engines were from Contra Costa County Fire. The total duration of the incident was 2 hours and 56 minutes.
  2. On August 12 2012 about 6:09 PM there was a boating accident on the far north end Holland Tract. The incident was handled with 2 engines and a Chief Officer. There were a total five injured in the accident with two being transported by medical helicopter. The total duration for the incident was 2 hours and 41 minutes.
  3. On August 24, 2012 about 5:12 AM there was a structure fire in the 500 block of Second Street in Brentwood. This incident was handled with 5 engines and 3 Chief Officers on scene. There were 2 engines from Contra Costa County Fire. The total duration of the incident was 3 hours and 5 minutes.
  4. On August 29, 2012 about 5:09 PM there was construction accident in the 3600 block of N. Willow Rd. in Bethel Island. The incident was handled with 3 engines and 2 Chief Officers. Two of the 3 engines were from Contra Costa fire along with a Chief Officer. The total duration of the incident was 1 hours and 43 minutes.

 

Auto aid:

In the month of July the district received auto aid from Contra Costa County Fire 41 times with them sending 56 units. The District sent auto aid to Contra Costa County Fire 3 times providing them with 3 units. During the month of July, Contra Costa County Fire came into the District 49 times with 64 units and we responded in to Contra Costa County Fire 16 times with 18 units. The first six months of the year, the District has received auto aid from Contra Costa County Fire 155 times with 201 units. The District has responded to Contra Costa County Fire 100 times with a total of 117 units.

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10 Responses »

  1. It is passed time to separate the medical calls out of the fire stations. It is the most expensive why to handle 80% of the calls. Maybe to send an engine to auto accidents makes sense, but a ambulance is the better call for medical. We must address the expense of a fire station that handles, fire, medical and auto. The cliff is coming ( it is here) on Pensions, it can not be ignored for very long. To bad there is no will to address this very big problem. A friend of fire department, but a realist. Olga Jones

    • Olga, please try to better educate yourself on the subject. It sounds like you are basing your opinion on misinformation from cocotax.

    • Olga, the potential cost savings is the fuel and added wear and tear on the equipment. Your idea doesn’t save one nickel on payroll because they are not paid on a per call basis. As it turns out, the department receives money from EMS that would about cover the savings. That EMS contribution would then go away and you will have gained nothing. I would be interested to hear any of the mechanics or logic behind this strange idea that staying at home on medicals would be some major cost saver. Can I assume you have thought that through and would have an answer?

  2. more fuzzy math interjected to skew reality. based on what you stated it seems that you have inflated the increase by 66%. you presented a .25 min increase which does not equal 25 seconds….its 15 sec

    is this error worth mentioning…only that it goes to pattern of behavior.

    A set of solutions exists and you all know what they are. At some point the public’s safety and well being is going to override special interest influence and when it does we will all look back on the time wasted with less than good feelings.

  3. The arbitrary use of decimal points (” . “) and colons (” : ” ) in describing time periods is confusing at best.

    Jeff B is correct in noting that the characters being used imply completely different measurements of time.

    1.25 minutes = 1:15 minutes = One and one quarter minutes = One minute and 15 seconds.
    1:25 minutes = 1.41 minutes = One and forty-one hundredth of a minute = One minute and 25 seconds.
    The difference between 1.25 minutes and 1:25 minutes is 10 seconds.
    No calculator required!

    Hopefully the indiscriminate use of these two characters is a product of the blog poster and not representative of the fire district’s reporting. If the district reported these numbers in this haphazard manner it would be a much larger concern because this is a business where seconds count.

  4. @ Planner,

    You spent way too much time on your hypothesis and even more time defending the troll.

    The fire district report uses a standard practice when listing response times and statistics. The use of these reporting standards has nothing to do with their actual ability to respond to emergencies.

    On the other hand your juvenile and shallow attempt at interjecting fear and “concern” paints you as a merchant of propaganda.

  5. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the numbers listed after the minutes are seconds and not fractions of minutes. Doesn’t matter if the are separated by a colon, semi colon, decimal or an elephant!

    If the 7.01 wasn’t a obvious clue, the fact that no secondary numbers exceed 59. If the department, Burk or the fire chief were using fractions of minutes the odds are there would be figures over .59 listed.

    It appears Jeff Barber and his faithful minion “Planner” are not very sharp individuals.

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