Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Southern California

Fire Chief Addresses LAFD Response Time Data

Cummings admitted that the data, which resulted in budget cuts, was not completely accurate.

Fire Chief Brian Cummings addressed allegations Tuesday that the department used data that deliberately misled City Council members to approve a deployment plan that cut part of the department's budget.

Cummings admitted he did not clearly communicate data about LAFD's emergency response times but that he did not intentionally mislead city officials.

According to the data, first-responders made it to the scene within five minutes about 78 percent of the time.

The department recently acknowledged that this data was calculated using a six-minute window on computer software that gave projections, which are usually faster than firefighters were actually able to respond.

Cummings defended the data and noted that he did not intentionally fool the City Council into believing the department was performing better than it was. 

“We didn’t communicate clearly or as soon as was necessary what the issue was here,” said Cummings.

Cummings spoke during Tuesday's Fire Commission meeting not only to address the allegations but further disprove the intention behind the deployment plan, which went into effect last July.

As part of the deployment plan, the City Council cut the fire department budget by $54 million. As a result, 18 fire companies and four ambulance companies were shut down.

The plan was approved by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as part of the $54 million cut from the fire department's 2011-12 budget.


 

COMMENTS
Leave a comment
Name:
E-mail:*
URL:
Comments:*

USC vs. UCLA Twitter War Results: #FightOn Prevails


By Fernando Hurtado
11/21/14 | 1:34 p.m. PST

#FightOn might have prevailed over #GoBruins, but more people tweeted #FUSC than #FUCLA. 

President Obama Announces Executive Action for Immigration Reform


By JT Arowosaye, Taylor Villanueva and Stassy Olmos
11/20/14 | 1:18 p.m. PST

President Obama discussed his plans to fix the broken U.S. immigration system in his White - House speech, Thursday.

No. 19 USC Dismantled by No. 9 UCLA

Steve Sarkisian: "We're Not Dead"

Cody Kessler: "They Deserved to Win"

Hayes Pullard: "They Had a Great Plan, They Executed that Plan"

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.
MOST POPULAR

#USC Dominates on Twitter Ahead of USC-UCLA Game


By Duanli Zhu
11/17/14 | 3:09 p.m. PST

All this week, we will be tracking who's winning on Twitter, #USC or #UCLA.

Javier Bolden Sentenced to Life Without Parole in Double USC Murder


By Ani Ucar, Celeste Alvarez
11/17/14 | 9:20 a.m. PST

Javier Bolden was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the murder of two USC international students in...