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L.A. Fire Department response times slow, data show
L.A. Fire Department response times slow, data show

Waits for 911 medical help in Los Angeles increased slightly this year, signaling no measurable progress on Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign pledge to speed up Fire Department responses to emergencies, according to city statistics released Thursday. Garcetti presented the new figures at a news conference in which he and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas praised LAFD efforts to overhaul how the agency gauges its performance. The new numbers come from a program dubbed FireStat-LA, which is being billed as the cornerstone of a 2-year-old reform drive. The effort began after LAFD officials admitted issuing faulty reports that made it appear the department was performing better than it was. ...

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