Fire - EMS Review

In response to a Resolution (No. 558-03) that was authored by Supervisor Gonzalez, joined by then-Supervisor Newsom, and passed by the Board of Supervisors, the Controller conducted an evaluation of the City's fire and medical rescue needs. The resolution requested a report and recommendations in time for use in the FY 2004-2005 budget process, comparing services of other large urban areas in numbers of employees, costs and facilities. The resolution further specified a review of these areas: staffing, deployment, station number and location, response time, dispatch practices, and time allocated to fire prevention and suppression. This review is based on analysis of dispatch data, travel time analysis and identification of station coverage areas, comparisons to other jurisdictions, review of expert materials, and interviews. As a result of this effort, we have four broad findings and recommended areas for change in the San Francisco Fire Department.

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April 28, 2004

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