As part of an ongoing effort to improve its public safety services, the city of Hermosa Beach Friday released some 80 pages of information to the public that details fire and police response times, workload and other vital data collected as part of an in-depth assessment of its police and fire departments.
The International City/County Managers Association is conducting an assessment of the police and fire departments and is scheduled to provide its final report and recommendations later this year.
In releasing the data on its website Friday, the city is providing detailed information about numerous topics, including the Hermosa Beach Police Department’s deployment and the Hermosa Beach Fire Department’s dispatches and its busiest times during the year.
The data is also presented in charts and graphs to illustrate specifics under these categories for each department.This analysis covers all calls for service between May 1st, 2012, and April 30th, 2013, as recorded in the National Fire Incident Reporting System by the Hermosa Beach Fire Department.
During the period covered by this study, the department operated out of one fire station with three frontline response apparatus, including one engine, one advanced life support ambulance.
and one basic life support ambulance.
There were 76 false fire alarms pulled this year, the data indicates.There were 1,152 emergency medical service calls; of those calls, 176 were overdose and psychiatric aid calls, according to the data.
“While ICMA is finishing up its report and recommendations, we wanted to provide the public with this important data so it could review it now,” said Hermosa Beach Fire Chief David Lantzer.
The report indicates that as far as fire services are concerned, between May 2012 and April 30, 2013: A total of 23 structure fire calls accounted for 7 percent of the fire category total. A total of 22 outside fire calls accounted for 7 percent of the fire category total. Public service calls were the largest fire call category and accounted for 29 percent of the fire category total.
False alarm calls were 24 percent of the fire category total.
Illness and other calls were the largest EMS call category and 34 percent of the EMS category total.
Cardiac or stroke calls were 5 percent of the EMS category total.
Motor vehicle accidents were 5 percent of the EMS category total.
Also included in the report were statistics on the time the fire calls took.
Hermosa Beach, California, Final Fire/EMS Data Analysis Report:
A total of 307 fire category calls (95 percent) lasted less than one hour; 12 fire category calls (4 percent) lasted between one and two hours;
and three fire category calls (1 percent) lasted more than two hours.
A total of 21 structure fire calls (91 percent) lasted less than one hour and two structure fire calls (9 percent) lasted between one and two hours.
A total of 21 outside fire calls (95 percent) lasted less than one hour and one outside fire call (5 percent) lasted between one and two hours.
A total of 76 false alarms (100 percent) lasted less than one hour.
In June, the Hermosa Beach held a Community Public Safety Open House to provide residents and community members the opportunity to voice their opinions and expectations regarding police and fire services in the city.
Along with this information, ICMA’s report will include a review of all policies and procedures, evaluations of response times and interviews with police and fire personnel.
It will make recommendations for improving police and fire services based on community expectations and fiscal responsibility.
The study is designed to help the city link staffing levels with the opinions and desires of the members of the community.
One can review the public safety data on the city’s website here.