KCFD emergency response times improved in April

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City firefighters are responding quicker to life-threatening emergencies now than in the last several months, according to a new report.

City Hall got the good news Wednesday, when Fire Chief Paul Berardi said emergency response times improved in April.

Firefighters not only respond to fires, but to life-threatening emergency calls, too.

Berardi told city council members that response times are faster because they have begun to add paramedics to their pumper trucks.

City ordinance requires a 9-minute response time 85 percent of the time in each of the city's four district.

In the central part of the city, emergency responders achieved a 9-minute response time 92 percent of the time.

In the south and east areas, that was achieved only 82 percent of the time.

In the Northland, crews only met the goal 71 percent of the time.

Councilman John Sharp said he would like to see even bigger improvements soon.

"We've got a long way to go," he said. "We're very good in the central part of the city, but of course its tougher to serve the outlying areas."

As the fire department adds more paramedics, Sharp said he expects the city's response time goals will be met in the next few months.

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