Why Don't Chiefs Stay?
Standard 1710's staff and time requirements, on the other hand, don't impress him at all. Asked if not meeting the four-minute standard should worry Ann Arborites, Warsinski laughs. "Absolutely not!" He believes a better way to evaluate the AAFD's response time is to compare it to the national average of eight to nine minutes. By that standard, Ann Arbor is doing well.
Councilmember Warpehoski doesn't see much value in hiring more firefighters just to meet an arbitrary standard--especially at a time when "nationally, fire safety is increasing significantly. The risk of dying in a fire dropped 75 percent since 1977 according to the San Jose [fire department's 2011] study, and it's about the same here in Ann Arbor.
"The San Jose study shows that getting to a fire in closer to four minutes would have some marginal impact on property damage, like about $500 for every minute. So for two million dollars in staffing expenses, we'd save that $500 per minute. Is that the best improvement in public safety we can hope for?