Emergency incident response time is defined as the amount of time it takes for the Fire Department to respond after being notified of an emergency (such as a fire, medical emergency, or motor vehicle accident). The goal is to minimize system wide response times to increase the likelihood for positive fire suppression outcomes and minimize property damage, injuries and loss of lives. This measure helps the department determine operational efficiency. For this measure, response times are reported in minutes and are broken down by “In Loop,” referring to addresses within Loop 820, and “Outside Loop,” which refers to addresses outside of Loop 820 and thus farther from the central city.
Data Source: This data is gathered from the Firehouse records management system.
Response times are trending higher for all categories (citywide, inside loop and outside loop). The increased response times are a product of various factors, the need for more resources (for example, fire stations or personnel), increased construction and road closures, high population growth areas, expanded city boundaries, and limited unit availability due to other emergency incidents. Growth due to annexation and resulting new development outside Loop 820 has resulted in longer response times outside of the central city (inside Loop 820). The 2014 Bond Program includes funding for two new fire stations. Station 42 opened in 2018 and Station 43 has an anticipated completion of summer 2020. These are expected to help alleviate high responses times in the far south and far west areas of Fort Worth. The 2018 Bond Program includes funding for the construction of a new Fire Station (Station 45 in north Fort Worth) and the reconstruction of Station 26 in the southwest area of Fort Worth.