Achieving the shortest response time possible is key for saving lives or property at risk. But, what is response time?
The Three Phases of Response Time
Although the specifics of response time standards vary widely, the total response time can generally be split into three phases:
- Dispatch – The time elapsed from when an emergency call is received, entered and the rescue unit is notified.
- Turnout – The time when the rescue unit is notified by an alarm and begins travel time.
- Travel time – The time from when the responding unit is en route until their arrival on scene.
How can Response Time be reduced?
Response times can be impacted in many ways such as whether there is access to modern EMS/Fire systems or not, regulations and laws, rural/urban areas, economics, topography and weather conditions. So, there is no one simple answer to reducing response time due to the sheer number of variables. However, addressing identified issues is critical to ensuring the safety of the community when dangerous situations arise such as winter weather conditions.
Response Times in Winter Weather Conditions
Despite all the advances in technology, sometimes common sense and the correct tools for the situation are all a rescue driver needs to do their job safely and in a timely manner.
On slippery roads, simple tire chains are an effective tool for safe travel. Alternatively, with automatic snow chains, drivers avoid manual mounting time and the system can be engaged from the safety of the cab while already in motion saving critical response time.
Icy, snowy roads may keep most people safely in their homes, but first responders are duty bound to respond no matter the weather conditions.
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