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Report: LAFD Slower To Respond To Medical Emergencies Since 2009

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The LAFD’s Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to discuss a newly released report about the department’s response times.

The report, which was conducted by City Controller Wendy Greuel, found the department’s average response time has increased 20 seconds to 7:08 for medical emergencies since several cuts were made in 2009.

However, response times for fires and non-medical incidents have not been affected. Paramedics are also improving their emergency response times.

The report also found that call data was often missing critical information, such as whether calls were actually emergencies.

Greuel says the lack of information makes it tough to compare the department’s performance to nationally accepted standards.

In March, the department came under fire for giving city officials information that made it seem as if their response times were faster.

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