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Why Don't Chiefs Stay?

 

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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.

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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?

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