Percent of Time PFA Fire Personnel are on Scene Within 5 Minutes 45 Seconds
- Analysis of Performance
- Metric Definition
- Why Is This Important?
- City Organization Impact on Performance
- Benchmark Information
Analysis of Performance
The Q3 data shows a continued response time which is longer than PFA's target response time. PFA's average response time for emergency service calls is 4 minutes, 39 seconds which is well within the goal of a 5:45 response time. However, more detailed analysis show the goal of responding within 5:45 at least 90% of the time is not being achieved. A new data management tool is being implemented through 2014, allowing more detailed analysis of this performance. This analysis can determine how overall response times can be improved and if there should be a differentiation in response times in urban/suburban areas versus those in rural areas of the fire district.
Fire response time measures the time elapsed from when PFA receives a 9-1-1 call from Fire Dispatch to when the first PFA personnel arrives on-scene. This data includes calls for emergencies, rather than routine service calls. PFA's target is to respond within 5 minutes, 45 seconds at least 90% of the time.
Why Is This Important?
Quick response times mean that fire-rescue staff reduce the potential for fire loss and respond to medical/rescue calls within critical time frames for delivering patients to definitive care. Rapid response has the potential to limit costs to residents, the community, the health care system and other responding agencies.
City Organization Impact on Performance
High - Response times for emergency calls are influenced by fire companies through efficient turn-out times, firefighter training, effective station location, and the use of technology for efficient dispatch and call mapping.
Benchmarking in progress