Fire crews are typically on the scene in less than 10 minutes now.
Average response times for the fire department decreased from 11 minutes, 40 seconds in 2012 to 9:41 in 2013.
“We’ve added 16 men and women to our team of emergency responders this year,” Fire Chief Tom Lique said in a news release. “These additional first responders are the key to helping us reduce response times.”
The money for more first responders came from a levy in late 2012. The department hired three full-time firefighters this year and brought 13 volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians on board. Two more full-time crew members will join in 2014, as per the levy.
In 2012, there were 1,768 emergency calls, including confined space and water rescues.
The fire department’s service area covers 65 square miles and serves 17,000 people.