The Cosumnes Community Services District is meeting a recommended response time only 60 percent of the time from emergency calls to stations in Elk Grove and Galt.
That was the information presented in a report by Deputy Chief John Michelini to the Galt City Council on Tuesday.
"We're happy where we're at, but we can always improve," he said.
Four years ago, the city of Galt and the Cosumnes Community Services District reached a historical agreement that is paid for through a unique property tax sharing agreement.
Last year, the fire department responded to an average of 38 calls per day within the cities of Galt and Elk Grove and communities including Herald and Walnut Grove. That was a 3.37 percent increase over 2010.
There were about 4,100 calls the entire year for firefighters at Galt's two stations. That included mutual aid requests from rural areas such as Herald, according to Michelini.
In 2011, firefighters' "out the door" time after receiving an emergency call at Station No. 45 was one minute, seven seconds. The goal is under a minute.
Michelini chalks the downtown station's sluggish "out the door" time to how slow the fire engine bay door raises, so the district is possibly looking at faster motors, he said.
When it came to responding to calls, in general, the station was the fastest of all the district's stations by getting to the scene in just under four minutes on average, including the "out the door" time.
The goal for all stations is under six minutes.
"We still maintain the fastest response time in the county," Michelini said of all of the fire stations within the Cosumnes Community Services District.
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