Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bloomington Fire Dept Updates Plan

The Bloomington Fire Department is continuing to work to reduce emergency response times. Fire Chief Brian Mohr told the cit council in a work session Monday night, that the department has made improvements over the last year. EMS response times have gone down. Mohr says that's because the department hired new personnel, made equipment improvements and redistributed its resources to districts in need. Mohr says there's more work that needs to be done. Bloomington hit the national bench mark of a six minute response time only 66 percent of the time. National standards dictate departments should be hitting that mark 90 percent of the time. In the past, Mohr has spoken about needing to put more resources in Bloomington's outlying areas, where service can suffer. On Monday, he told the council that the department sees the highest number of calls in the fire headquarters' districts. He says he would like to staff another ambulance in that area to help bring down response times. Mohr says Bloomington Fire will also continue to try and collaborate with Normal's fire department to better serve the Twin Cities. The council is also considering ways to fund much needed street and sewer improvements.

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