Fire Department study makes recommendations to improve response times
The Fire Department recently concluded a Standards of Cover and Staffing Utilization study. The study evaluated how the Fire Department can use their current resources to protect the residents and what they can do to better serve the City of Pearland now and in the future.
Since there are no mandatory federal or state regulations directing the level of fire service response times or outcomes, cities have to implement their own regulations and rules. The study took best practice advice from multiple sources to determine the best practical goal for response times in an urban population density, like Pearland. It then tested all the current Fire Stations response time possibilities and how far trucks from each station could get within the goal time frame.
The study found that due to street design and topography, travel time cannot be improved without adding more stations. Current call to arrival time is less than 13 minutes 90% of the time. To reach the urban outcome-based response time goal of 7 minutes and 30 seconds, at least three new fire stations with three staffed fire engine pumpers and three dedicated ladder fire trucks. Among its 25 recommendations, the study recommended filling the vacant, unfunded Operations Assistant Chief position, adding a business manager position to administration, developing a Career Development Guide for firefighters and broadening policies and procedures.
The recommendations from this study went to City Council in late February for discussion and City Council and the Fire Department will work together to plan for Pearland’s future.