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84% within 08:30 minutes

Q2-19

Please note that Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 refer to the first, second, third, and fourth quarters of the Fiscal Year. The City’s Fiscal Year runs from October 1st – September 30th and is denoted by FY.

In the 2nd quarter of FY19, there were 31 fire incidents within city limits. 26 calls had response times for the first-arriving unit under 0:08:30. The average response time of these 26 calls was 0:06:45. This quarter, the target was met by 84% compared to last quarter at 75%.

Of the calls over 0:08:30, two were passenger vehicle fires, one was an outdoor fire, one was a building fire, and one was a cooking fire. 

  • The outside fire call on January 18th, 2019 was related to sparklers on fire in a backyard of a residence. The response time was 0:13:03, with a delay due to distance. This call only had a one-unit response due to the nature of the call. 
  • One passenger vehicle fire occurred on January 3rd, 2019 and had a response time of 0:10:23. The delay on this call was due to distance and access difficulties due to it being on the mainlines of US59. 
  • Another passenger vehicle fire was delayed on January 29th, 2019, with a response time of 0:10:05, due to the construction on Dairy Ashford.  
  • A structure fire occurred on March 5th, 2019 at a home in the far West portion of New Territory. It had a response time of 0:08:40, putting us ten seconds over our goal.


Below is the categorical breakdown of this quarters emergency responses:

Type

Count

% of total

Building Fire

7

22.6%

Fire in structure other than a building

1

3.2%

Passenger Vehicle Fire

6

19.4%

Dumpster/Rubbish Fire

0

-

Cooking Fire

7

22.6%

Equipment Fire

0

-

Aircraft Fire

0

-

RV Fire

0

-

Fire, other

2

6.4%

Grass Fire

8

25.8%

Mailbox Fire

0

-

In October of 2018, City of Sugar Land Fire-EMS, alongside Sugar Land dispatch, began a new system of call prioritization based upon call acuity. This new call prioritization system was based on a recommendation from the Fire-EMS assessment provided from an independent consulting firm in 2017. This new system means that emergency Fire and EMS units are traveling to low acuity calls without lights and sirens. This system is meant to apply the appropriate level of risk required to respond efficiently and effectively to the incident at hand. Therefore, if a unit is on response to a non-emergency call with lights off, and the call gets upgraded to emergency status, lights will be turned on at that given point in the response. Since more calls are being responded to non-emergency, we expect to see a slight increase in response times city-wide. 

The effects of this new call prioritization system will continue to be monitored by the department. 

Time elapsed between receipt of an Emergency Building Fire Call within corporate city limits by the telecommunications operator to the arrival of the first Sugar Land Fire – EMS (SLF -EMS) unit on scene.

SLF-EMS Unit: A fire apparatus designed to be used under emergency conditions to transport personnel and equipment and support the suppression of fires or mitigation of other hazardous situations.

Emergency Fire Calls: Calls within city limits coded NFIRS Incident Types 100-170, which includes, but is not limited to: structure fire, vehicle fire, natural vegetation fire, and cooking fire.

Results are reported as the percentage of Emergency Fire Calls responded to within the target time of 08:30 (mm:ss).

80% of all responses to Emergency Fire Calls within 08:30 (mm:ss). This target includes a 01:00 dispatch call processing time and 07:30 response time.

A rapid response to emergency calls helps to save lives, prevent unnecessary property loss, and ensure public safety.

ZOLL Record Management System - ZOLL is the record management system utilized by the Sugar Land Fire Department to capture all Fire and EMS call data.

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Sugar Land, TX 77479

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City of Sugar Land
2700 Town Center Blvd. North
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Office of Strategic Initiatives
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www.sugarlandtx.gov
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