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Fire Response Times

Fire Response Times

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Latest Results Show Strong Response

The Minister For Police and Emergency Services has released the latest response times of Victoria's fire services.

The data shows a strong emergency response from the state's fire services but there are key places for improvement.

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Overall, Country Fire Authority’s state-wide compliance with the Community Service Delivery Standard currently sits at 86.4% from a 90% target, having responded to 7015 emergency incidents between the January to March period.

This rate is a measure of the first truck arriving on scene, regardless of brigade area, and is relevant across all hazard classes.

The March quarter figures show response times continue to vary depending on the type of environment, with brigades responding to:
• 87 per cent of fires in medium-density urban areas within the standard response time of 8 minutes
• 83 per cent of fires in low-density urban areas with the standard response time of 10 minutes
• 98 per cent of fires in areas with predominantly natural surroundings within the standard response time of 20 minutes.

Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville says the government is working hard to make sure the fire services continue to protect and support Victorians.

“All our firefighters have done an excellent job keeping Victoria safe during an extremely busy peak season. As always, I thank them for their hard work.”

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