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LA Fire Department forms task force to analyze response times

A Los Angeles Fire Department engine is shown in this undated file photo.

July 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Fire Department has formed a task force to determine exactly how long it takes to respond to emergencies.

The task force is a response to admissions by department officials that they submitted inaccurate information to the Los Angeles City Council last year.

At that time, council members were deciding where to cut the department's budget and re-deploy fire trucks and ambulances.

The task force will include sworn and civilian members of the department along with outside data experts. It will analyze and validate data like response times and develop policies and systems to measure and report the department's activities.

"This Task Force provides an excellent opportunity for the LAFD to refine its process for presenting clear, consistent and easily understood information regarding our response times, as well as establishing measurements and benchmarks for all that we do," said LAFD Chief Brian Cummings in a statement.