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Firefighter response times increased 21 seconds from fiscal year 2011 to 2012, according to Councilman Mario Guerra's latest electronic newsletter, which landed in inboxes this morning.
Turn-out time (the time its takes firefighters to leave the station after receiving the call) and drive time both went up 7 seconds, according to the newsletter.
"We are happy to have 16 County Fire stations within 5 miles of Downey to be able to help us anytime we need it. Everytime we have a fire call in Downey 16 Firemen are asked to respond," Guerra wrote. "We had 233 working fires last year out of 8900 total calls of incidents in Downey. A very high volume. That is why our reaponse (sic) times are such a great feat. Two new Fire Engines were purchased 3 years ago and we will continue to provide the latest and best equipment. Thank you to our fine Downey Fire Department."
Guerra's newsletter also includes crime stats, updates on Tierra Luna and more. You can read the newsletter by clicking here.