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Fire Department data to be reviewed by task force

A new task force will use LAFD's data to influence policy decisions.
A new task force will use LAFD's data to influence policy decisions. Los Angeles Fire Department

Following months of questions about dispatch and response times, the Los Angeles Fire Department has established a task force to look at its data input.

The LAFD Task force on Information and Data Analysis includes representatives from RAND Corporation, USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and the Los Angeles Police Department, which is known for its COMPSTAT data system. LAFD Assistant Chief Patrick Butler will head up the task force up. 

“This real time accurate information will enhance the leadership and policy decisions and allow our internal and external stakeholders to see and measure our performance, initiate discussion and dialogue, as well as develop and disseminate best practices throughout the department,” fire Chief Brian Cummings told the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Earlier this year, an initial assessment of LAFD's software systems found two tracking systems were generating different response times based on the same data inputs. At the time, the interim director of Statistical Analysis and Review said he did not have confidence in the department's numbers.

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