Just last week, there was a house fire in the 5th District and upon meeting with the Fire Chief I learned that because our Station #18 no longer has a fire engine (and only a medical rescue unit), it took over 7 minutes to get a fire engine from Station 22 (down by CSULB). In my meeting with the City Manager and the Fire Chief, I stated "I want the Fire Engine back in 18."
We have much work to do to make certain that Fire Station 18 is fully restored and that is why I want you to learn how emergency calls are handled and how response times are calculated.
Join me at the Emergency Communications and Operating Center for a meeting of Open Up Long Beach. In light of the recent discussions on Fire Department response times, we will review how dispatch data is captured and reported and how Fire Department response times are calculated. Space is limited to 30 so you must RSVP.