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L.A. Now Live: Discuss LAFD's response times, mistakes in data

November 16, 2012 |  8:13 am

Times reporters Robert Lopez and Ben Welsh will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss their investigation into the Los Angeles Fire Department's response times.

A long-awaited review of Los Angeles Fire Department response times has found that the agency used inaccurate data "that should not be relied upon until they are properly recalculated and validated," Lopez, Welsh and staff writer Kate Linthicum reported.

911 Breakdowns at LAFD: Full coverage

Although the Fire Department has previously acknowledged some mistakes in its data, the 32-page report by a task force formed by Fire Chief Brian Cummings found more widespread problems and delved more deeply into factors that contributed to the faulty figures.

The inquiry was launched after department officials acknowledged earlier this year that LAFD performance reports released to City Hall leaders and the public made it appear rescuers were getting to emergencies faster than they actually were.

Interactive: Check LAFD response times in your neighborhood

On Thursday, The Times reported that waits for medical aid vary dramatically across Los Angeles' diverse neighborhoods. Residents in many of the city's most exclusive hillside communities can wait twice as long for rescuers to arrive than people who live in more densely packed areas in and around downtown, according to the analysis that mapped out more than 1 million dispatches since 2007.