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Response Time Improvement from a New Rescue

By Jacob Kohlhepp | Last Updated: 4/9/2019 | Culver City Fire Department

This report estimates one additional rescue would have reduced the response time of 584 calls by more than 3 minutes between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. To get this estimate, we use 4,013 vehicle-response times for Rescue 41 and 43 and assume the new rescue would be placed at Station 2. We model travel response time using driving distance, location within Culver City, response district, building type, day of the week, and weather conditions as explanatory variables. We estimate this model with median regression. Using this model, we predict changes in response time among the 1,282 calls that would have been assigned to this additional rescue. According to these predictions, 584 calls (45%) would see response time savings of more than 3 minutes. In general, 90% (1,153 calls) would see response time improvements of 51 seconds or more.

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