LAFD Didn’t Help With Response Time Data Fix, Expert Says

A data-analysis expert tasked with reviewing and fixing the Los Angeles (CA) Fire Department’s (LAFD) problems with response-time reporting says he didn’t have adequate resources to do the job, according to the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/MqPISX).

The newspaper reports that Jeffrey Godown, who was brought in by the city’s mayor amid a growing controversy over the accuracy of LAFD performance reports, told the Fire Commission that the agency has not focused enough effort on correcting a problem critical to managing emergency responses.

Godown’s assessment underscores the challenges facing fire commissioners as they try to restore public confidence in the LAFD’s ability to provide timely service.

Godown started his review more than two months ago, but said he never was assigned a full-time associate. And it was not until Monday, he said, that fire officials designated civilian experts to begin analyzing problems with dispatch time calculations generated by department computers.

Read the full report at http://lat.ms/MqPISX.

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