LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department told an oversight panel Tuesday that technical problems with the department’s dispatch system have mostly been resolved.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports Chief Brian Cummings gave an update on the upgrades to the city Fire Commission.

Crews went through millions of feet of wire and fiber optic cables to resolve issues involving alarm failures, loss of radio or digital voice dispatch alerts along with printouts of alarms that began occurring Mar. 7 at stations department-wide.

“We were able to identify some small issues in quite a few different areas in the technology and with that we’ve been able to bring the system back up to the level of reliability we had,” said Cummings.

He also reported on updated data showing the LAFD meets the national standard on response times 86 percent of structure fires.

Units responding to an advanced life-saving call met U.S. requirements 64 percent of the time — a number that Cummings said the department is working hard to improve.

“We do have redundant systems in place with our dispatch to make sure that if any one system fails, there are multiple backups because we do have to have 100 percent reliability there, because this is public safety we’re talking about it,” he said.

Comments (2)
  1. pedro says:

    I have instructed our department to advance the 911 time stamp by 15 minutes. So if your house is on fire, and you call in at 10pm, our call log will have it as 10:15pm, and if we’re lucky, we may show up on scene at 10:17pm, 2 minutes after the call. Problem solved,


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