Worcester Fire Department’s Alarming Problem

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Worcester firefighters are slower in responding to emergencies than 10 years ago, but officials insist public safety has not been compromised.

According to a new report from The Research Bureau entitled “Benchmarking Public Safety in Worcester: 2012,” the Worcester Fire Department’s response time has slowed by 44 seconds since 2002 from 4:07 to 4:51. The times still fall within the four-minute recommendation by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with a 2011 average response time of 4:51 Subtracting one minute for “turnout” time – the amount of time between the initial call and when the first truck leaves the station – the fire department has an overall response time of 3:51.

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