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Audit: LAFD taking longer to respond to medical emergencies



In some parts of the city, it takes firefighters 20 seconds longer to get to medical emergencies than it did three years ago, according to an audit released today.

Budget cuts have increased the response times of firefighters and paramedics in parts of Los Angeles by as much as 20 seconds, according to an audit released today by the city controller.

The report from Controller Wendy Greuel is based on data collected by the Los Angeles Fire Department from Jan. 1, 2007 to March 26 of this year. However, earlier this week the man charged with investigating the LAFD’s response times reported he had no confidence in the data.

The audit found that the average response time to emergency medical calls increased from 4 minutes and 45 seconds in 2009 to 4 minutes and 57 seconds in 2012. In the San Fernando Valley, the average response time increased by 20 seconds. In the East Los Angeles, San Pedro and metro areas, it is taking an average of 18 seconds longer to get to life-threatening calls.