Chief: LAFD response will always lag in some areas

Department has faced recent complaints that it has failed to meet national standards of responding to calls within 5 minutes


The Daily News of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Fire Chief Brian Cummings, offering a new explanation of response times for firetrucks and ambulances, said Tuesday there are some areas of the city that the department will never be able to respond to in less than five minutes.

"If it takes you that long to get to a fire station from your house, that's how long it will take for us to respond," Cummings said during a lengthy City Council hearing.

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